How do I register for the Science of Reading Short Course?2021-03-17T16:54:07+00:00

You can follow these directions to register.  

  1. Access the Big Dippers store front at this link or https://thebigdippers.learnupon.com/store
  2. Click “Add” to add your course to the shopping cart.
  3. Click “Proceed to Cart”.
  4. If you need to set up a LearnUpon account, create an account by entering your email address and a password, and “Sign Up”.
  5. Once you have created your account, you will receive a message that an email has been sent to you.
  6. Access your email account, and click on the blue link in the email to confirm your account.
  7. Enter your basic info and “Confirm”.
  8. Click “Next Step:  Checkout”.
  9. Click “Go to dashboard”.
  10. “Start” your course.
  11. Contact Pam Hoggard at phoggard@hillcenter.org or 919-719-7551 for assistance with registration questions.
  12. Contact tech@hillcenter.org for assistance with technical issues with the course.


How long does it take to complete the course?2021-03-14T18:03:56+00:00

The self-paced course takes approximately 10 hours to complete.

How many Modules are included and what are the topics?2021-03-14T18:05:15+00:00

There are five modules included in the Science of Reading Short Course. The topics included are:

  1. How Students Learn to Read: An Introduction to the Science of Reading
  2. Structured Literacy
  3. The Word Recognition Domain: An Encounter with Phonics
  4. The Language Comprehension Domain
  5. The Reading Comprehension Domain
How can I receive updates about the course?2021-03-14T18:07:55+00:00

Please sign up to Stay Informed and you will receive updates.

How long will participants have access to the course?2021-03-14T18:07:45+00:00

Once purchased, enrolled teachers will have immediate access to the course for a full year.

Can the course count for certificate renewal?2021-03-14T18:07:11+00:00

At the end of the course, a certificate of completion will be generated that can be used for your renewal credits. The course is designed to include 10 hours of instruction and activities (equivalent to 1.0 CEUs). Please review your local policies for specific credit request and relicensure processes and policies. The final decision regarding continuing education credit rests with your school district or other relevant authority.

What is the intended audience for the course?2021-03-14T18:08:28+00:00

The course encapsulates more than 40 years of research and offers an efficient introduction to the science of reading for a variety of educators – teachers (new and veteran), administrators, instructional coaches, school and district leaders, curriculum and instruction directors, pre-service teacher candidates, and pre-service faculty whose training may not have adequately prepared them for evidence-based instruction in reading.

Is there a discount for a large group?2021-03-14T18:11:48+00:00

The discount for any group greater than 10 that is registered together is 25% off, or a cost of $75 per person. For larger groups (10+) to register, please click on the course store and click the “Request Invoice/Info” button at the top. This will redirect you to a form to be completed for generating a quote or invoice for your school/district.

Can I get an invoice for a group of fewer than 10 participants?2021-03-29T17:31:00+00:00

Unfortunately, at this time, we are unable to issue quotes or invoices for groups with less than 10 registrants. Registrants may process an online course registration through the website’s course store by adding the course to your cart and paying with a credit card.

How do I enroll if I am from a country other than the United States?2021-03-14T18:14:42+00:00

If you change the selected location, it will allow you to submit the form for enrollment from any country.

Are there scholarships available for participants?2021-03-14T18:15:18+00:00

Unfortunately, right now there are no scholarships available for the course; however, we appreciate the vested interest in continuing to build knowledge and capacity involving instructional practices aligned with the science of reading.

Am I permitted to use the resources in presentations and/or coursework?2021-03-14T18:15:43+00:00

Currently, any content by the Big Dippers is available for incorporation in presentations or courses (please include source citations). Keep in mind, we aim to protect the integrity of our model and keep it intact. Participants have access for a year to all of the downloadable resources and of course, those in the public domain are available. Other materials that are included in this course by special permission would not be available.

Who created the materials and resources?2021-03-14T18:16:46+00:00

The course was developed collaboratively by an alliance of national leaders dedicated to advancing evidence-based reading instruction for all students. The developers include the following partners:

  • Barksdale Reading Institute
  • Hill Learning Center
  • The Reading League
  • Right to Read Project
  • The Reading Teacher’s Top Ten Tools
Are professionally printed infographics available?2021-03-17T17:13:02+00:00

While we do not currently offer professionally printed infographics from the course, these are all vector graphics, so they can scale to print at any size. When printed out at 10″ wide (recommended), most of them would still be larger than a typical home printer could handle. Solution! Call your local copy store (Staples or FedEx, for example). Ask them to print them out so that they are 10″ wide – the length will vary depending on the infographic. You can also ask the copy store to mount or laminate them, which will last longer. Please give the printer the pdf file and NOT the png file. The pdf file preserves the vector format from Illustrator that it was created in, while the png cannot be scaled larger than the format of the original png. The cost of printing and mounting will vary.

Are any supplemental resources available?2021-03-17T17:14:02+00:00

In addition to the Resource Toolkit available in each Module, the Big Dippers created Science of Reading Short Course Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) Facilitator’s Guide for Education Leaders. This is a facilitation guide for use with groups of educators to help them process and apply the content they consumed. Administrators and coaches who have enrolled in the course can request a copy of the guide by emailing info@bigdippers.org with their name, title, and proposed use for facilitation.

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