Intro to the Science of Reading

Curated by the PA Training and Technical Assistance Network


This Smore includes web sites, research, resources, tools, presentations and more all related to deepening our understanding of the science of reading and related instructional practices.

The Science of Reading Defined

The science of reading is a vast, interdisciplinary body of scientifically-based* research about reading and issues related to reading and writing.

This research has been conducted over the last five decades across the world, and it is derived from thousands of studies conducted in multiple languages. The science of reading has culminated in a preponderance of evidence to inform how proficient reading and writing develop; why some have difficulty; and how we can most effectively assess and teach and, therefore, improve student outcomes through prevention of and intervention for reading difficulties.

The science of reading is derived from researchers from multiple fields:

  • cognitive psychology,

  • communication sciences,

  • developmental psychology,

  • education,

  • implementation science,

  • linguistics,

  • neuroscience,

  • school psychology

What the Science of Reading is NOT

The science of reading is not:

  • an ideology or philosophy,

  • a fad, trend, new idea, or pendulum swing,

  • a political agenda,

  • a one-size-fits-all approach,

  • a program of instruction

  • a single, specific component of instruction such as phonics

Stephanie Stollar "A Brief Introduction to the Science of Reading"

Professional Learning in the Science of Reading

Reading 101 A Guide to Teaching Reading and Writing

This program from Reading Rockets provides teachers with an in-depth knowledge of reading and writing so they are prepared to guide their students into becoming skilled and enthusiastic readers and writers.

The Science of Reading by Dr. Jan Hasbrouck

This hour-long presentation by Dr. Jan Hasbrouck takes listeners a bit deeper into the science of reading.

What the Science Says About How Kids Learn to Read

Teaching young kids how to crack the code—teaching systematic phonics—is the most reliable way to make sure that they learn how to read words. (Education Week)

Science of Reading Professional Resources

The Science of Reading Implementation Guide

Ideas and tools for integrating scientifically based strategies into early reading instruction. (EAB)