Introduction to Structured Literacy Instruction Course

Teacher Training Opportunity
hosted by IDA Ontario

Sorry, the course is FULL!

 We do not have plans to offer more spots for this year's course and we are unable to keep a waiting list.

However, if that changes, we will notify people through our mailing list and this webpage.

Note that our on-demand Basics of Decoding and Spelling Instruction Course is available for purchase anytime.

And Top 10 Tools is available by subscription anytime at Tools 4 Reading.

We also offer online short courses by Project Read in teaching Sentence Structure and Paragraph Writing.



IDA Ontario is pleased to host an online teacher training course -  Introduction to Structured Literacy Instruction. This training will include self-study with the online course “The Reading Teacher’s Top 10 Tools” by Dr. Deb Glaser which is aligned with the IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards.   See our website for more information about structured literacy instruction and the science of reading.

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Who This training opportunity is being offered to educators currently working in the Ontario school system.  It is best suited for Kindergarten to Grade 6 educators. We encourage you to take the course with a study partner, however, we are not able to ensure study partners will be in the same coaching group.

What Participants will work through the online training program Reading Teachers' Top 10 Tools created by Dr. Deb Glaser. Ten online coaching/mentoring meetings with groups of approximately 30 participants will be hosted throughout the school year.

***BONUS*** The fee will also include access to the new 15h online, on-demand Basics of Decoding and Spelling Instruction course (see below). You can work through this course on your own time, at your own pace.


  • Participants should complete each of the 10 “Tools” in sync with the rest of the group. This is essential for participants to contribute meaningfully to the online group mentoring sessions. Each module takes approximately 4-5 hours of independent work, watching videos (information and demonstration), reading additional materials, and completing quizzes.
  • There will be 10 online group meetings (using Zoom)  corresponding to each of the 10 'Tools'. These will be held on Wednesday evenings from September 2022 to June 2023 from 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Click here to see the proposed course schedule.
  • Total time commitment will be approximately 7-9h for each of the 10 ‘Tools’ (70-90h total time).
  • The on-demand, 15h Basics of Decoding and Spelling Instruction course, included with your purchase, can be completed at your own pace. There are no coaching meetings provided for this course. 
  • Access to Top 10 Tools will be provided around August 1, 2022.
  • Access to the Basics of Decoding and Spelling Instruction course will be provided in early June if you register before May 30, 2022. If you register after that, access will be provided in early July.

Cost  Early-bird registration, before May 31, 2022, costs $325 CAD.  From June 1 to June 30, 2022, the cost is $380 CAD.

This includes access to the Top 10 Tools course, coaching sessions, and access to IDA Ontario's new online, on-demand Basics of Decoding and Spelling Instruction course (see below).

Pre-service/Student teachers:  A limited number of spots are available for pre-service/student teachers at a reduced price of $150. Email for more information. Please tell us the program/university in which you are enrolled.


Individuals: Please use the registration form below.

Group registrations: To register a group for payment by invoice, please use the registration link below. You will be asked to provide the number of places you want, contact information, payment method,  billing address, etc.  The individuals in the group will be asked at a later date to provide their names and contact information.

Enrolment in the course will be on a first-come, first-served basis and we expect the course to fill up quickly. Registration will close on June 30, 2022, or when it is full.

Questions?  Email


What teachers say about this course...

"This course has taught me how to be a much more effective reading teacher, with concrete skills that can be implemented immediately".

"I've learned what structured literacy looks like and how to deliver an explicit and systematic lesson. It’s been so useful".

"I find seeing things in action, such as the lesson videos, as well as hearing how others implement their lessons, is very helpful for me".

"This course, or one like it, should be mandatory at all faculties of Education AND for all JK, SK, primary teachers". 

 "Thank you for offering such a rich learning opportunity".

Bonus!   Your registration fee will include access to IDA's new online, on-demand 15h Basics of Decoding and Spelling Instruction course. This course provides a deeper dive into the instruction of phonics, spelling, reading multi-syllable words, and introductory morphology.  This course is a great complement to the Top 10 Tools course and is included in your registration fee (reg. price $65) You can study it on your own time and pace.