Introduction to Structured Literacy Instruction Online Training Course



IDA Ontario is pleased to host an online teacher training course titled  “Introduction to Structured Literacy Instruction”. This training will include self-study with the online course “The Reading Teacher’s Top 10 Tools” and online in-person meetings with a mentor, Emily Moorhead, a primary teacher with the Limestone School Board in Kingston.  The Top 10 Tools program 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 will be offered to sixteen (16) K-3 teachers currently working in the Ontario public school system. We are looking for at least two individuals from within a school to take the training together. Special education, resource teachers, literacy consultants, and principals working with K-3 students are also welcome but groups must consist of at least one classroom educator. Preference will be given to participants who have the support of their administration.

What Participants will work through the online training program Top 10 Tools created by Dr. Deb Glaser from Nov ‘20 – Jun ‘21.  The projected start date is November 18, 2020. This online training will take approximately 45-55 hours. Additional online group mentoring sessions will be hosted approximately every 3 weeks by Emily Moorhead.  Practical assignments and a response journal will be used to enhance the training.  Google classroom will be used for file sharing and communication.

Details  Participants must commit to:

  • Completion of the 10 “Tools” at approximately 1 module every 3 weeks, in sync with the rest of the group. This is essential in order for participants to contribute meaningfully to the online group mentoring sessions. Each module takes approximately 4-5 hours of independent work and involves watching videos (information and demonstration), and reading additional materials.
  • Attendance in 10 online group meetings. These will be held on Wednesday evenings (approx. every 3 weeks, 7:30pm-9pm). A meeting schedule will be provided.
  • Completion of additional assignments for each “Tool”, which will typically be the development of a classroom activity to be shared with other participants.
  • Preparation of entries in a response journal during/after each of the 10 “Tools”. These will be reviewed by the mentor prior to the online group mentoring sessions.
  • Total time commitment of approximately 8-9h for every ‘Tool’ (every 3 weeks).
  • Providing feedback via program evaluation surveys.

Cost/Scholarships  Registration in the Top 10 Tools online course will cost $240Cdn (from Nov ‘20-Jun’21). Thanks to a generous, anonymous donation, IDA Ontario will cover the cost of the mentor, and scholarships ($200Cdn) are available for teachers who are not able to get professional development funding from their school. Scholarships will be paid to participants after successful completion of the course.

Enrolment in the course is limited and will be on a first come, first-served basis. For more information, email

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Sorry, course enrollment is full. We hope to offer more courses so watch the IDA Ontario website and social media posts for future announcements.