The Science of Reading: Turning Theory into Practice

2021/2022 Workshop Series

Presented by the Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta’s Right to Read Advisory Committee.

An eight-part web-based series developed for educators to enhance their understanding of the key components of literacy instruction and how to implement evidence-based approaches in the classroom.

Series Objectives

  • To review current evidence regarding the development of reading skills among children and why some children struggle with their acquisition.
  • To clarify what is meant by the “Science of Reading”.
  • To differentiate Structured Literacy Intervention from standard literacy instruction.
  • To review the key components of reading instruction, how they are assessed, and effective instructional strategies.
  • To describe ways teachers can organize their classrooms and align their teaching methods with evidence-based approaches.
  • To discuss how personnel within districts and schools can implement multi-tiered systems of intervention to ensure support for all children who struggle with literacy learning.


Teachers often feel at a loss to help those children who do not develop reading and writing skills on par with their peers. Understanding how literacy skills develop in children, why some children struggle to develop these fundamental skills, and what research tells us about how to best teach them, will help teachers and other school professionals bridge the gap between the science of reading and educational practice. This eight-part series will lead educators through key research findings and then address each component of literacy instruction, providing teachers with tools, resources, and instructional strategies. Our panel of presenters, all experts in their fields, are committed to promoting evidence-based literacy instruction for all learners.

Session Title


Date and time
(via Zoom)

Michele Pentyliuk, Registered Psychologist

September 21, 2021 from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.

  • Phonemic Awareness

Sylvia Hannah, Reading Specialist

October 19, 2021 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

  • Phonics

Pam Lougheed, Learning and Literacy Specialist

November 16, 2021 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

  • Fluency/Orthographic Mapping

Dr. R. Coranne Johnson, Registered Psychologist

January 18, 2022 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

  • Morphology

Kristy Dunn, University of Alberta Doctoral Candidate

February 15, 2022 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

  • Vocabulary

Nancy Musica, ESL & Gifted Consultant

March 15, 2022 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

  • Comprehension

Michelle Smith, Registered Psychologist

April 26, 2022 from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

  • Assessment Informs Intervention (Response to Intervention and Multitiered Systems of Support)

Michele Pentyliuk & Pam Lougheed hosts with guest panel TBA

May 17, 2022 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The single registrant option will be posted on Eventbrite, but larger groups will be asked to contact info(at) for registration. The workshop series, which will be offered on-line via Zoom, will also be recorded.