WISD Reading Academies




In-person training with competency exercises and individual coaching support.


Delivered by a cohort leader (comprehensive coach), with one cohort of 60 participants at a time.


The in-district training(s) will cover the same content using the same HB 3 learning management system (LMS) and will require 2 submissions of the same artifacts. Includes 4 coaching sessions. (see Scope and Sequence below)


Approximately 60 hours of training time, including artifact submissions, to be completed in 11 months.

WISD will implement locally by having instructional coaches as Reading Academies Cohort Leaders. WISD will partner with Region 7 for support throughout implementation as needed.

Teachers who attended and SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED all parts of the Reading Academy Grant through Region 7 Service Center will NOT have to complete the in-district Reading Academies. These practices will be expected to be fully implemented and instructional coaches, cohort leaders, will assist in accelerating the learned improving practices.

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The Science of Teaching Reading EXAM coming January 2021

To teach kindergarten - 3rd grade, new candidates must demonstrate proficiency in the Science of Teaching Reading Certification Examination starting January 2021 AND complete the HB3 Reading Academies.

Content exams that required SOTR exam are:

  • Early Childhood PK-3
  • CORE Subjects EC-6
  • CORE Subjects 4-8
  • ELAR 4-8
  • ELAR/SS 4-8

*Teachers who currently hold a standard teaching certificate as of January 2021 do not have to take the SOTR exam; however, teaching in grades K-3 must complete the reading academies.

After successful completion of the HB3 Reading Academies, TEA will house your certificate in your personal TEAL account. This will need to be given to the employing district when teaching grade levels K-3.

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WISD - Tentative Implementation Schedule

YEAR 1 - SY: 2020-2021
  • Kindergarten Teachers
  • 1st Grade Teachers
  • 3rd Grade Teachers
  • RTI/Dyslexia Teachers
  • Primary / Elementary Campus Admin

YEAR 2 - SY: 2021-2022

  • 2nd Grade Teachers
  • New Employees to Kinder, 1st, 3rd, or transfers from other grade levels if not completed the RA during the 2020-2021 school year
  • 4th, 5th, and 6th Grade Teachers

YEAR 3 - SY: 2022-2023

  • Pre-Kindergarten Teachers
  • New Staff Only

WISD - Tentative Training Schedule

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