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READ Act Teacher Training
READ Act Informational Webinars
The Office of Elementary Literacy and School Readiness will host monthly live informational webinars to provide updates on the READ Act teacher and school administrator trainings.
Evidence-Based Training in Teaching Reading Requirements
All teachers who provide literacy instruction to students in grades K-3 and reading interventionists K-12 must complete evidenced-based training in teaching reading. Below are the definitions of teacher and reading interventionist in READ Act Rule.
- Reading Interventionist: An individual employed to teach students and whose primary job duties include providing reading intervention to students on READ Act Plans during regular school hours to supplement core academic instruction and who is employed in any of grades K-12.
- Teacher: The professional responsible for the literacy instruction of the student(s) and may include the main instructor for a class, an instructional coach, reading interventionist, special education teacher, Title 1 teacher or other personnel who are identified as effective in the teaching of reading.
K-3 teachers who provide literacy instruction
- August 1, 2023: evidence-based training in teaching reading must be completed
- August 15, 2023: documentation should be submitted to the Colorado Online Licensing (COOL) system (licensed teachers only; guidance for non-licensed teachers to come.)
4-12 reading interventionists
- August 1, 2024: evidence-based training in teaching reading must be completed
- August 15, 2024: documentation should be submitted to the Colorado Online Licensing (COOL) system (licensed teachers only; guidance for non-licensed teachers to come.)
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Colorado school districts are required to ensure all K-3 teachers who provide literacy instruction and K-12 reading interventionists complete evidence-based training in teaching reading as a result of changes to the Colorado READ Act in SB 19-199 (PDF) and SB22-004 (PDF). Districts, BOCES, and charters that do not meet the requirements will be ineligible for READ Act funds.
To meet the training requirements, State Board of Education rules require that the evidence-based training in teaching reading must:
- Consist of a minimum of 45 hours;
- Address the content of the educator preparation literacy standards referenced in the state board's Rules for the Administration of Educator License Endorsements, 1 CCR 301-101, section 4.02(5) through 4.02(12) (effective May 30, 2019); and
- Include an end of course assessment that teachers can provide evidence of passing.
State law and State Board of Education rules allow the following options for teachers to meet the training requirements.
Teachers need to only complete one of these options to meet the READ Act teacher training requirements. Teachers need to meet this training requirement only once.
- Teachers who have a Colorado Reading Teacher or Reading Specialist endorsement meet the training requirement.
- Teachers who have completed one of the approved evidence-based training options but lack proof of an end of course assessment may take and pass an alternative assessment authorized by the State Board.
- The Praxis Teaching Reading: Elementary 5205 exam with the passing score of 159 was approved by the state board in April 2020.
- Teachers may submit evidence of successfully completing an undergraduate or graduate course in teaching reading for the CDE to review to determine whether it meets the statutory requirements.
- Educator Preparation Program staff may submit a course in teaching reading for the CDE to review to determine whether it meets the statutory requirements.
- Teachers can successfully complete a training program included on the CDE Advisory List of Professional Development that has been designed to meet this requirement.