Introduction to Structured Literacy Instruction Course

Teacher Training Opportunity
hosted by IDA Ontario

The course is now full.  Thank you for your interest in the course, but we do not anticipate being able to expand it again this year. 


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” as well as 5 Supplementary Phonics and Spelling Units,  and online group coaching meetings. 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 is being offered to educators currently working in the Ontario public school system; it is best suited for educators working with K-3 students. We strongly recommend that at least two individuals from within a school take the training together so that you have a 'study buddy'.  Special education, resource teachers, literacy consultants, and principals working with K-3 students are also welcome but we recommend that groups consist of at least one classroom educator.


What Participants will work through the online training program Top 10 Tools created by Dr. Deb Glaser as well as 5 supplementary Phonics and Spelling Units created by  IDA Ontario. Fifteen online coaching meetings with groups of 25-30 participants will be hosted approximately every 3 weeks on Wednesday evenings through the school year.

Details  Participants must commit to:

  • Completion of the 10 “Tools” and 5 Supplementary Units at approximately 1 "Tool/Unit" 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. The online course materials will be available in early August.
  • Completion of assignments for each “Tool” and the Supplementary Phonics & Spelling Units.  Many assignments will involve the development and implementation of classroom activities.
  • Active participation in 15 online group meetings using Zoom. These will be held on Wednesday evenings from September 2021 to June 2022 (approx. every 3 weeks, 7:30 pm-9 pm). Click here to see the proposed course schedule.
  • Total time commitment of approximately 6-8 hours for each of the 10 ‘Tools’ and 5 Supplementary Units (90-120 hours in total).
  • Providing feedback via program evaluation surveys.


Cost/Scholarships  Early-bird registration before June 15, 2021, will cost $375. After that date, the cost is $400.  IDA Ontario is offering reimbursements upon completion of the course of $150 for educators not able to get professional development funding from their school.  Additional scholarship funding is available for student teachers; please email for more information.

Enrolment in the course is limited and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please complete the form below to submit your application. Please email to arrange payment for a group by invoice.

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".