"Bridging the Gap Between Educational Research & Practice."

Reading Development Explained

Understanding how the brain learns to read and the 5 Pillars of Reading is key to Stronger Readers in your classroom.

This revolutionary course is for educators who are wanting to do more for their students. 

They realize their initial training focused on what to do once students were reading, not how to teach them to read.

If you want to know how to take your teaching to the next level, then you NEED this course!

Add Cohort Access for $47

Add the option of joining a cohort to go through the course 
together with others. Members of the cohort are expected 
to complete one module a week for 8 weeks. 

 There is a Pop-up Facebook group and Weekly Q & A Discussion on Zoom. 
The Cohort is a separate flat rate depending on membership level.

Cohorts runs for 8 weeks on Tuesdays or Thursdays at 3:30pm-5:00pm PST
  • Cohort 1: July/August - 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1, 8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29 (Tues)
  • ​Cohort 2: August/September - 8/3, 8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31, 9/7, 9/14, 9/21 (Thurs)
  • ​Cohort 3: October/November - 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21, 11/28, 12/5 (Tues)
Discover The Key Elements to Effective Reading Instruction and Intervention!
The best way to help your students learn to read is by understanding what their brain has to do in order to learn to read.

Contrary to popular belief, learning to read is NOT a natural process. Yes there are some students who make learning to read almost effortless, but it isn’t the case for about 40% of the population.

As an educator, you need to know how to reach those struggling readers in your class. The good news is, the strategies you use to help those students learn to read can help the skilled readers become even better.
It also provides you with practical information about how to teach these concepts in your classroom and actually includes various materials and activities for your to use. This means you won’t have to spend time creating your own or purchasing them somewhere else.

This course starts at the beginning, making sure that you are not missing any important concepts about how we learn to read before providing you with the components you need to include in your instruction.
There are simple screening activities that you can use throughout the school year to help inform your instruction. This allows you to tailor your classroom and small group instruction to the classes needs.

Reading Development Explained starts out by providing you with the theory and background knowledge you need to understand the developmental progression your students take on their path to becoming skilled readers.

There are lessons focused on meta-analyses of the research so that you can see the evidence behind the topics covered in the course.
Reading Development Explained is not a curriculum, it is a course that provides you with the knowledge and tools you need to nurture ALL of your students’ reading development. 
Every child has the Right To Read!

This course will teach you about best practices for reading instruction and interventions. Understanding the theory and research behind evidence-based practices is the first step in helping your students become better readers. Using these instructional strategies isn't as hard as you think! Especially when you get access to over 200 pages of materials and activities in the course.
- Kathryn Garforth, PhD, Founder of Garforth Education & The Right to Read Initiative

What’s Inside “Reading Development Explained”?

Module 1: Intro to
Reading Development

  • History of Reading
  • Simple View of Reading
  • Scarborough's Reading Rope
  • ​Reading Development
  • ​Differentiated Reading Instruction

Module 2:
Word Reading

  • Reading and the Brain.
  • Word Reading Development
  • 4 ways to Read a Word
  • ​Orthographic Mapping & Decoding

Module 3: Phonological Awareness

  • What is Phonological Awareness and Why is it Important?
  • Phonological Awareness & the Research
  • Developmental Progression and Phonological Tower
  • ​Word, Syllable & On-Set
  • ​Phonemic Awareness
  • ​Phonological Awareness & Differentiation

Module 4: Phonics

  • What is Phonics and Why is it Important?
  • Phonics & the Research
  • Developmental Progression
  • ​Phonics
  • ​Syllables
  • ​Phonics & Differentiation

Module 5: Vocabulary

  • Development of Vocabulary
  • Vocabulary & The Research
  • 3 Types of Vocabulary
  • ​Vocabulary Instruction
  • Morphological Instruction
  • ​Morphology & The Research
  • ​Vocabulary & Differentiation

Module 6: Fluency

  • Fluency & Orthographic Mapping
  • Fluency & The Research
  • Ways to Define Reading Fluency
  • ​Fluency Interventions
  • ​Syllables
  • ​Fluency & Differentiation

Module 7: Reading Comprehension

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Reading Comprehension & The Research
  • Surface Comprehension
  • ​Deep Comprehension
  • Reading Comprehension & Differentiation

Module 8: Bringing it together

  • Reading Interventions
  • Importance of Screening
  • Reading Instruction Across Subjects
  • ​Revisiting SVR & the Rope

What clients are saying about Dr. Kathryn Garforth and the program . . .

Dr. Garforth is truly an incredible human. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the table in discussing research and evidence based best practices in the literacy world... her approach is very straightforward and unifying. She ends the reading wars with her open discussions that are grounded in evidence, implementation and reflection.

Judy Boksner.
You will learn much more than what is listed in the course outline. The instructor is extremely knowledgeable and approachable. She is "on the pulse" of all things relating to learning differences... plus she has lived it... all sides of it. In my opinion, experience is king. If this is your career path you need to know Dr. G.

Orton Gillingham Tutor

About the Business

Garforth Education welcomes clients of all ages and with different academic needs including learning disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum, and low incidence special needs.

At Garforth Education, we believe that everybody has a unique learning profile with different strengths and challenges. When considering this profile to design a personalized education plan, it is possible to find a pathway to success at any age.

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