WORKSHOP SPOTLIGHT: Introducing Enhanced Core Reading Instruction™

May 16, 2014Education, Enhanced Core Reading Instruction, Featured0 comments

Enhanced Core Reading Instruction will enhance your current core reading program to achieve more favorable outcomes for your students, especially struggling students!

The HILL is delighted to announce an exciting new professional development opportunity this summer in our Enhanced Core Reading Instruction Workshop brought to you in partnership with the Center on Teaching and Learning at the University of Oregon.

This new 2-Day workshop is being offered exclusively by the HILL and participants will have the unique opportunity to be trained by the developers of the Enhanced Core Reading Instruction course materials.

What is Enhanced Core Reading Instruction?

ecri-smallThis 2-Day workshop will overview Enhanced Core Reading Instruction, a multi-tiered program featuring a series of teaching routines designed to increase the effectiveness of reading instruction in kindergarten, first and second grade. The routines, detailed in professional development books, are used to enhance ANY core reading program. Enhanced Core Reading Instruction also offers materials that may be used with specific core reading programs including Journeys Common Core 2014, Journeys 2011, Reading Street Common Core 2013, and Reading Street 2011.

These materials are for both Tier 1 enhancement and Tier 2 intervention. Unlike many Tier 2 intervention programs, the Enhanced Core Reading Instruction materials are highly aligned with the core reading program. The Tier 2 intervention pre-teaches the content of the core reading program to increase students’ success and confidence during Tier 1 instruction. Developed by researchers at the Center on Teaching and Learning, Enhanced Core Reading Instruction has been rigorously studied in nearly 50 elementary schools with hundreds of classrooms, and thousands of students. High-quality studies have demonstrated substantive improvements in the reading achievement of at-risk first grades. Enhanced Core Reading Instruction materials are available on the CTL Marketplace.

Upcoming Dates


CTL logo horz. green reversedThe HILL is committed to bringing schools the best and latest in research and evidence-based practices which is why we’re so thrilled to add Enhanced Core Reading Instruction to our workshop repetoire in partnership with the Center on Teaching and Learning.


  • Rigorous evaluations of the Enhanced Core Reading Instruction multi-tiered intervention have demonstrated statistically significant and substantive impacts on the reading achievement of at-risk readers in 1st grade
  • Enhanced Core Reading Instruction has a positive effect on Tier 1 teachers’ quality of explicit instruction and the accuracy of group practice opportunities
  • Enhanced Core Reading Instruction “closes the gap” for at-risk readers. Statistically significant accelerated growth for 1st grade students assigned to ECRI Tier 2 occurred on comprehensive measures of total reading achievement, word reading & reading comprehension

Meet the Developers

Carol DissenCarol Dissen works for the Center on Teaching and Learning at the University of Oregon coordinating the delivery and implementation of federally funded literacy and math grants. She works directly with elementary schools providing professional development and in-building coaching to support evidence-based practices. Ms. Dissen works as part of the Enhanced Core Reading Intervention team that developed a Tier 2 small group reading curriculum that is directly aligned with Tier 1 curriculum. Prior to joining the team at the Center on Teaching and Learning, she worked in elementary schools as a literacy coach, Title 1 reading teacher, and a classroom teacher. Additionally, for the past seventeen years she has developed and delivered school, regional, state, national and international professional development classes on various literacy topics.

Patricia Travers, M.S., is a Research Assistant at the Center on Teaching and Learning (CTL) in the College of Education at the University of Oregon and works on several large-scale, federally funded research projects. She is a former college instructor and current consultant on response to intervention and special education. She was a special education teacher for 12 years in New Hampshire and Massachusetts.

Don’t forget, if you’re interested in any of our programs, but can’t make the dates listed above, please contact us – we can bring the trainings to your school or district by special arrangement! Contact MarcyKate Connolly at or 888.860.0910 x7 for more information.

Enhanced Core Reading Instruction is a trademark of the University of Oregon.