Teaching Reading EssentialsWhat is Teaching Reading Essentials?

Teaching Reading Essentials is a professional development program that features unscripted video demonstrations of research-based small-group interventions. The program provides teachers with valuable professional development that is purposefully structured around the five components of reading and the DIBELS® (Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills) assessment measures.

Why Teaching Reading Essentials?

  • Helps teachers implement research-based reading instruction
  • Provides tools for coaching and follow-up to professional development
  • Serves as a constant resource for teachers by reducing the time and expense required for in-person professional development
  • Brings teaching routines for basic reading, spelling, and writing instruction to life
  • Places a strong emphasis on language development and the relationship between written expression and reading
  • Aligns with the DIBELS measures and is organized with five areas of instruction:
    • Teaching Letters, Sounds, and Sense
    • Teaching Phoneme Awareness
    • Teaching Beginning Reading and Writing
    • Teaching Advanced Phonics
    • Teaching Vocabulary and Comprehension



Developed by renowned literacy expert Louisa C. Moats, Ed.D., author of Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling (LETRS®) and reading consultant Linda Farrell, Teaching Reading Essentials features:

  • A powerful series of 58 video demonstrations to bring instruction to life
  • DVD set covers the five essential components of reading
  • Program guide to help teachers implement instructional practices in their classrooms
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