Science of Reading

"Dyslexia or not, the science of reading matters a lot."

What is the Science of Reading (SoR)?

Dr. Mark Seidenberg defines the “Science of Reading” as a body of basic research in developmental psychology, educational psychology, cognitive science, and cognitive neuroscience on reading, one of the most complex human behaviors, and its biological (neural, genetic) bases. This research has been conducted for decades in the US and around the world. The research has important implications for helping children to succeed, but it has not been incorporated in how teachers are trained for the job or how children are taught.

Dr. Louisa Moats clarifies that the body of work referred to as the “science of reading” is not an ideology, a philosophy, a political agenda, a one-size-fits-all approach, a program of instruction, nor a specific component of instruction. It is the emerging consensus from many related disciplines, based on literally thousands of studies, supported by hundreds of millions of research dollars, conducted across the world in many languages. These studies have revealed a great deal about how we learn to read, what goes wrong when students don’t learn, and what kind of instruction is most likely to work the best for the most students.

WI Reads is proud to share professional development opportunities for educators, parents, and leaders centered around the Science of Reading.

Training is available year round and can be seen at on the event and product page. Along with training, there are resources and information to help you understand how to implement the science into your teaching or parenting practices.

The Science of Reading a Defining Movement

Social Learning

Facebook - Wisconsin

  • Wisconsin - SoR What I Should Have Learned in College | - This group is designed to help Wisconsin teachers understand the science of reading and how it impacts teaching reading. Many teachers were not trained using evidenced based instruction or materials. This site will help guide you through that process while keeping you up to date on legislative changes on dyslexia, teacher preparation, and education. If you want to know more of how to implement the science of reading into your classroom visit us often. I look forward to meeting and sharing with you all there is to learn on the science of reading, what you should have learned in college.

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  • Science of Reading for Administrators-What Teachers Want You to Know - Reading failure can be prevented! This group is here to help support administrators learn about the Science of Reading (SOR); the “why” behind it, and the “how” to effectively support your school or district with it. Focusing on prevention of reading failure through the Science of Reading will ensure more children learn to read and reduce the need for intervention. SOR is about equity and creating hope for the future!

  • Training Reading Rocket Scientists - This group is for university faculty who are interested in training teachers who know and implement the science of reading.

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