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Colorado Department of Education Professional Development - Assessing Preventing and Overcoming Reading Difficulties (Online Course, Spring 2020)

Assessing Preventing and Overcoming Reading Difficulties (Online Course, Spring 2020)

Audience: Educators, Other District/School Staff, Parents | Topic: Literacy, Special Education | Hosted by: Office of Special Education

Self-Paced format. Assessing Preventing and Overcoming Reading Difficulties (Online Course, Spring 2020)
Self-Paced format

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This on-demand eLearning series was developed by David Kilpatrick, Ph.D., in collaboration with the Specific Learning Disability Specialist in the Exceptional Student Services Unit of the Colorado Department of Education.

Participants will learn: 

  • Why popular and commonly used instructional practices do not work for struggling readers.
  • How to appropriately assess students to determine root cause for reading difficulties.
  • Highly effective and evidence based strategies and instructional practices to improve reading skills.


Who is this course designed for?

This course will be beneficial to anyone who is interested in deepening their understanding of the science of reading. This course will be especially beneficial to special educators, general educators, interventionists, special service providers, and parents who support struggling readers in all grades.

Do I need the book to complete the course?

Participants DO NOT need the book to complete the online course, but may view the series as a tandem companion or supplemental resource for supporting a study of the book: The Essentials of Assessing, Preventing, and Overcoming Reading Difficulties (Wiley, 2015)

What is the objective of this course?

Through engagement in this series of 13 on-demand webinars, participants will understand the current research, implications, and the essential elements necessary for assessing, preventing, and overcoming reading difficulties.

How many CDE credit hours?

Participants who successfully complete the requirements of this course will receive 10 CDE credit hours

Q & A webinar with David Kilpatrick!

This course will include a live question and answer webinar with the author, David Kilpatrick, on Tuesday, April 21st from 4:30-6:00 PM MDT. We will have a form for gathering questions as we move through the course.

Event Date and Time

  • Sunday, March 1, 2020 (All day)


10 CDE credit hours to those who complete the course.

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