Thanks to a recent spate of publicity, the importance of teaching reading according to scientifically-backed principles is suddenly a hot topic, and and many teachers are now eager to learn about ways to incorporate these findings into their instruction.

We realize, however, that the amount of information now available on this topic can seem overwhelming, and we’ve created this site to help you sift through all the jargon and figure out what’s most relevant to you. At the same time, though, our goal is to go beyond the usual talking points and explore some of the complexities surrounding the teaching of reading in a detailed and nuanced way.

If you’re looking for a comprehensive primer on the key concepts underlying a structured literacy program, see the PDF phonics guide:

Otherwise, we recommend you read through the following articles to get started:

The Science of Reading: 5 Key Principles

Phonology, Phonemes, and Phonics

Tipping the Scale on Fountas & Pinnell

We are also currently in the process of putting together a bootcamp/workshop for teachers who want to know more about implementing a structured literacy program. Whether you’re a total novice or have already learned a good deal about the science of reading but aren’t sure how to translate your theoretical knowledge into effective classroom practices, our workshop is designed to give you concrete, practical tools that can be used with students at a wide range of ages and levels.

Our pilot session, scheduled for mid-July (exact date TBA), is full, but if you are interested in being added to the waitlist or taking part at a later date, please email us at breakingthecodeallways@gmail.com with a brief (one-paragraph max.) description of your background and interest. We look forward to hearing from you!