K-2 “Shifting the Balance 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom” (February 20 - April 6)

11 modules


Course Length
15 hours

Lisa Weier

08 Feb 2024

$0 - 50


This concise and practical guide integrates effective reading strategies from each perspective. Every chapter of Shifting the Balance focuses on one of the six simple and scientifically sound shifts reading teachers can make to strengthen their approach to early reading instruction in these areas:

·         Reading Comprehension

·         Phonemic Awareness

·         Phonics

·         High-Frequency Words

·         Cueing Systems

·         Text Selection

Practical Instruction for Primary Grades: Whether your students are just learning to read or building more advanced reading comprehension skills, Shifting the Balance is designed to help teachers meet the instructional needs of K-2 students.


Six Manageable Shifts: Each chapter focuses on a key shift that helps educators understand common misconceptions and adjust their thinking around some common instructional practices that teachers have been using for decades.

Evidence-Based Instruction: Burkins and Yates offer busy educators a blueprint for integrating findings from brain research, cognitive science, and child development into their daily instruction, while keeping meaningful experiences with books a priority.


BOOK:  Shifting the Balance: 6 Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom

  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1625315104

  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1625315106

This course is free for members or $50 for non-members. You can earn either 15 CECH (continuing education contact hours) at no cost OR 1 graduate credit from Augustana University for $50.  


Participants will:

  • identify common instructional reading practices to reconsider

  • explore misunderstandings that establish and keep those practices in play

  • identify research to support reconsideration of instructional reading practices

  • analyze instructional shifts to apply new perspectives

  • examine high-leverage instructional routines to support implementation instructional shifts

Shifting the Balance: Six Ways to Bring the Science of Reading into the Balanced Literacy Classroom
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Introduction and Shift 1: Rethinking How Reading Comprehension Begins
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Shift 2: Recommitting to Phonemic Awareness Instruction
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Shift 3: Reimagining the Way We Teach Phonics
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Shift 4: Revisiting High-Frequency Word Instruction
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Shift 5 Podcast: Reinventing the Ways We Use MSV
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Shift 6: Reconsidering Texts for Beginning Readers
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Final Reflection
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Reflection Paper
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Additional Resources
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Completion Survey
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This course has been helpful and useful. It has opened my eyes towards broadening the reading opportunities for my students.
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