Workshops and Events for Educators

 2020-2021 Literacy Success Series

Taking a Deeper Dive into the Core: K-2 Core Instruction with CKLA & the TN Foundational Skills Curriculum Supplement

Direct, explicit, systematic literacy instruction in the Tier 1/core setting benefits all developing readers, and it is a vital approach for students with characteristics of dyslexia. The six integrated sessions in our 2020 Literacy Success Series will focus on explicit instruction in the foundational skills needed for skilled reading. Core instruction for the K-2 ELA block will be modeled using the CKLA curriculum & the TN Foundational Skills Curriculum Supplement materials. Although the CKLA curriculum is being used to model the skills, the background knowledge and instructional application readily transfers to other programs. The series will conclude with an examination of assessment data and how to intensify instruction in the Tier 1 and Tier 2 settings. Join us as we explore the Science of Reading and take a deeper dive into the K-2 core.

Attendee InformationAccessing D2L

About the Presenter


                                  Presenter: Susan Porter


In her 20 years as a educator, Susan Porter has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, and literacy coach.  She is currently an Instructional Specialist and MTSS Academic Team Lead in a Pre K – 4 school in Nashville.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University and a Master of Education degree from Vanderbilt University. Susan is also a 3rd year student in the PhD in Literacy Studies program at MTSU working under the mentorship of Tim Odegard.






Series Information

A flipped content model will be used to allow you to build background knowledge at your convenience. You will have access to recorded presentations, developed specifically for this series, sharing the science behind the instruction. All materials will be accesssed through the university's online learning platform, D2L. The book, Know Better, Do Better by David Liben & Meredith Liben will provide a foundation for the independent study portion of the series. Educators will attend the scheduled lesson demonstrations together via Zoom. A moderator will be on hand to support participation and discussion. These live, remote sessions will be held on Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CST. Each session will include:

  • an overview of the research supporting the content
  • reading instruction modeled for the K-2 core classroom setting using the CKLA curriculum & TN Foundational Skills Curriculum Supplement materials
  • student assessment modeled using the curriculum embedded measures (CEMs) within the CKLA curriculum.

Engagement with the live session activities and instructional modeling will rely on the knowledge gained in advance from the brief assigned book readings and recorded presentations. The flipped content and live demonstrations accounts for 6 hours of professional development (PD) per session. You have the opportunity to earn up to 36 hours of PD based on your engagement with the content and attendance at the live sessions. This event has been approved as a continuing education event by the Center for Effective Reading Instruction for continuing education units (CEUs). 



 October 24, 2020 

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Dive into Phonological & Phonemic Awareness

 November 14, 2020 

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Dive into Letter Recognition, Alphabet Knowledge,  &  Concepts of Print

 December 12, 2020

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Dive into Systematic Phonics Instruction

 January 9, 2021

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Dive into Handwriting & Spelling

 February 6, 2021

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Dive into Decoding & Fluency for Sight Recognition

 March 6, 2021

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Dive into RTI, Assessment, Grouping, & Intensifying Instruction


Registration for the 2020-21 Literacy Success Series is closed. Please join our listserv to receive updates on future professional development opportunities for educators.


Content Developers

Assistant Director Melinda Hirschmann
Melinda Hirschmann, Ed.D., CALP
Assistant Director
Educational Services & School Outreach
 Director Jennifer Flipse
 Jennifer Flipse, Ph.D., CALP


Assistant Director Erin Alexander
Erin Alexander, Ed.S., NCSP, CALP

Assistant Director

Clinical Services

Assistant Director Emily Farris
Emily Farris, Ph.D.

Assistant Director

Educational Services & Research Initiatives

Chair Timothy Odegard
Timothy Odegard, Ph.D.

Katherine Davis Murfree Chair of Excellence in Dyslexic Studies