The Science of Reading Series


This session of our SOR course is free and open to Massachusetts educators only. Space is limited!

Registration is CLOSED.

Eligible Massachusetts educators may register for our SOR for Grades K-2 or SOR for Grades 3-5 course at no cost. Only 50 spots are available in each grade level, so register early to take advantage of this opportunity! 


This course is open ONLY to educators who meet the requirements below:

  • must be a currently employed Massachusetts public school educator whose work relates to literacy in grades K-5
  • can attend at least 8 of the 10 live sessions on the course dates below.
  • have not already taken a previous session of the HILL’s Science of Reading Professional Learning Series.

Completion Requirement

30 PDPs will be awarded upon completion of the course. Satisfactory completion is defined as:

  • attendance at no less than 20 out of 25 hours of scheduled, synchronous course time
  • completion of all course assignments by September 29, 2023


How To Register

Complete the fillable PDF registration form below in its entirety and return to Please Note: Submission of this form does NOT guarantee a spot in the course. Registrations will be accepted on first-come, first-served basis. Once your form has been processed by our team, you will receive a notification regarding your registration status.

Registration is CLOSED.

Our virtual Introductory Science of Reading Professional Learning Series teaches critical components of literacy instruction for Grades K-2 and 3-5, integrating current research into each module and translating it into classroom application.

The series consists of ten 2.5-hour facilitated, synchronous modules held via Zoom and continued learning through asynchronous materials and follow up activities. These modules address questions such as:

  • What happens in the brain when we read? How can this understanding inform our instruction?
  • How is reading related to oral language?
  • What are high-leverage instructional routines that support reading acquisition?
  • What role does automaticity play in becoming a proficient reader?
  • What cognitive processes are involved in deeply understanding text?
  • How do we know we are using the right assessments to determine student need?
  • . . . and much more!

This course completely changed the way I teach reading and phonics.

Shea Hutchinson, Kindergarten Teacher, Fitchburg Public Schools

Dates & Topics

MODULE 1: The Brain and Reading
Tuesday, 7/11/2023, 8:30am-11:00am EDT

MODULE 2: Oral Language and Literacy
Thursday, 7/13/2023, 8:30am-11:00am EDT

MODULE 3: Features of Effective Instruction: What, Why, How
Tuesday, 7/18/2023, 8:30am-11:00am EDT

MODULE 4: The Power of Phonemic Awareness
Thursday, 7/20/2023, 8:30am-11:00am EDT

MODULE 5: Word Blending: A Hierarchy of Skills
Tuesday, 7/25/2023, 8:30am-11:00am EDT

MODULE 6: The Role of Automaticity
Thursday, 7/27/2023, 8:30am-11:00am EDT

MODULE 7: Text Reading: What (with Whom), When and How
Tuesday, 8/1/2023, 8:30am-11:00am EDT

MODULE 8: Growing Vocabularies
Thursday, 8/3/2023, 8:30am-11:00am EDT

MODULE 9: Building Comprehension
Tuesday, 8/8/2023, 8:30am-11:00am EDT

MODULE 10: Pulling it All Together
Thursday, 8/10/2023, 8:30am-11:00am EDT

Excerpt from a Session


I have come away from this training…with more knowledge about each area of effective reading instruction and feel more fully equipped to teach reading as well as support the literacy initiatives in my school… It has already had an impact on my work as specialist and coach.

Rebecca StuartReading Specialist, Newburyport Public Schools


This course has been eye opening. This information will impact my teaching as I now know that I can lay the ground work that leads students to the reading process. The application activities were essential to understanding the reading process. I will be using all of the activities moving forward.

Margaret Magennis ESL Teacher, Fitchburg Public Schools


I’ve gained a lot of knowledge about how to successfully implement phonics and phonological awareness instruction into my daily reading block, building their orthographic reading skills and building up their storage of words that become ‘sight words’ for students. 

Christine Miley-Letourneau4th Grade Teacher, Randolph Public Schools

Bring the Science of Reading Series to Your School!

Can’t make the training sessions? We can bring our virtual training directly to your school or district.
Reach out using the form below or call 888.860.0190 to talk to one of our specialists today!

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