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  •  October 11, 2022
     12:30 pm - 3:00 pm


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October 11, 2022

8:30am – 3:00pm

In Person at the Medinah Shrine Center in Addison, IL or Live Stream Online


A new school year has begun and conversations related to the science of reading abound. Brain research provides undeniable evidence of the mental pathways used by skilled readers provided with explicit and systematic phonics instruction.  Because we have only a few years to get students to master basic phonics skills, we need instruction that’s efficient, effective, and impactful.

Enter Wiley Blevins, world-renowned early literacy expert, as he shares thirty-five years of research in classrooms on the seven critical ingredients of phonics teaching that produce the greatest student learning gains— readiness skills, scope and sequence, blending, dictation, word awareness, high frequency words, and reading connected texts. Wiley will also share which approaches have failed, common breakdowns, and how teachers can fine-tune their daily instruction for success. 

This workshop will meet the needs of anyone whose goal it is to provide each child with a solid foundation for reading:

  • Classroom teachers and literacy coaches who provide direct instruction,

  • Principals who play a significant role in evaluating teachers’ effectiveness in delivering quality instruction, and

  • District leaders who select/evaluate/review phonics curriculum.

Attendees will learn:

  • The role of phonics in the science of reading

  • The essential ingredients of phonics instruction

  • How to implement phonics instruction that is active, engaging, and thought-provoking.

  • Impactful phonics routines, including assessment and differentiation.

  • Common breakdowns in phonics instruction that limit student success


Wiley Blevins is an author, educational consultant, and researcher. He earned his doctorate at Harvard University and has taught both in the United States and South America.

Wiley has written over 16 books for teachers, including A FRESH LOOK AT PHONICS, PHONICS FROM A TO Z, and MEANINGFUL PHONICS AND WORD STUDY. He has authored several phonics and reading programs, conducted research on topics ranging from fluency to using decodable text, and wrote the phonics brief by the International Literacy Association (Meeting the Challenges of Early Literacy Phonics Instruction).

Wiley’s current focus is on adaptive technology, differentiated professional development, and children’s literature. Wiley has written over 90 children’s books and is Associate Publisher at Reycraft Books, a new imprint focused on publishing books by authors and illustrators from under-represented groups.


Wiley Blevin’s bookA Fresh Look at Phonics, Grades K-2: Common Causes of Failure and 7 Ingredients for Success, is available for purchase along with registration and will be mailed directly prior to the workshop.









550 North Shriners Drive, Addison, Illinois, 60101, United States

Additional Information
  • All registrations will be confirmed by email.
  • If you register 10 people, the 10th registration is free. Call 847-851-2256 or email [email protected] to receive this discount.
  • Cancellations must be received at least 5 business days before the program event in order for refunds to be made. A $10 cancellation fee applies to all cancellations.
  • If you have questions or need assistance in registering, call Tresie at 847-851-2256 or email her at [email protected].