The IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading (revised 2018) define what all teachers of reading need to know and be able to do to teach all students to read proficiently.
In partnership with IDA, The Center for Effective Reading Instruction (CERI) oversees certification of individuals in alignment with the Knowledge and Practice Standards.
Click here to see a list of Independent Educator Preparation Programs accredited by CERI. This list has links to the different organizations where you can find the details of each of these programs.
Click here to see a list of CERI accredited University Teacher Training programs, but note that there are no university programs currently being offered in Canada that are CERI accredited.
**Check out ONBIDA's Professional Directory for teacher trainers in Canada.
Please note: ONBIDA does not endorse or recommend any specific programs. We provide this list to help you find training options but each person must do their own research to find a training option that meets their needs.
The AIM Institute for Learning & Research® has developed PATHWAYS - Literacy Instruction in a Revolutionary Platform. AIM PATHWAYS™ provides easy to access, evidence-based learning opportunities for teachers to benefit struggling readers. AIM PATHWAYS™ is a research-driven, digitally-delivered learning tool that teachers can learn, practice, and apply in their classrooms. The program puts diagnostic and prescriptive tools at your fingertips with on-demand, mobile-friendly access, and connects you with IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards.
MindPlay Comprehensive Reading Course For Educators - A 30-hour in-depth professional development course that provides a series of modules with activities and expert videos to increase educators' understanding of how to provide instruction in:
- Phonological awareness
- Reading and spelling development
- Phonics fundamentals for reading and spelling
- Advanced phonics concepts
- Reading comprehension
LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) - LETRS professional development is now available online. LETRS addresses the structures of the English language, the cognitive processes of learning to read, and the teaching practices proven to be most effective in preventing and remediating reading difficulties, including dyslexia. LETRS aligns to the IDA's Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading and can be used to prepare for the Structured Literacy Teacher Certification of IDA and the CERI Exam.
Project Read (Language Circle Enterprises) - Project Read is a language arts curriculum that includes phonics & linguistics, reading comprehension, and written expression. They offer live and recorded webinars for each of these strands.
Reading Rockets 101 - A Guide to Teaching Reading & Writing - Reading 101 is a free, self-paced professional development course for K-3 teachers, developed by Reading Rockets. The program provides teachers with an in-depth knowledge of reading and writing so they are prepared to guide their students into becoming skilled and enthusiastic readers and writers.
- Print Awareness
- Phonological and Phonemic Awareness
Structured literacy is effective for all students in the general classroom setting and is essential for students with dyslexia.
Here is a great video explaining how structured literacy is used in a reading intervention program.
The International Dyslexia Association has a series of free recorded webinars on topics such as Overcoming Dyslexia, IDA Knowledge and Practice Standards for Teachers of Reading and Teacher Certification.
Upper Mid-West Branch of IDA regularly offers free live webinars on various topics dealing with dyslexia. Upcoming webinars are listed here and recorded webinars are available on their website. CEU's are available at a nominal cost.
Southern California Tri-Council Branch of IDA also has regular webinars; recorded webinars are available here. Click on the icons on the top of the page to access the archived webinars by year.