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Cape Cod Two-Day Seminars

Unpacking the Science of Reading – Cape Cod Seminars 2024

The Science of Reading is an ever-growing body of research from cognitive scientists, neuroscientists, educational psychologists, researchers, education professionals, and developmental scientists that explains and analyzes how the brain learns to read. The human brain was not wired for reading; it is not an innate skill that develops naturally, such as listening and speaking. Instead, reading must be taught through an explicit, multimodal approach. This 2-day seminar will provide an overview of the Science of Reading and how the key takeaways should impact literacy instruction. 

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand that the Science of Reading is a collection of research from experts in the field of cognitive, educational, and neurosciences 
  • Explain the Simple View of Reading and Scarborough’s Reading Rope
  • Understand the role of phonemic awareness and  background knowledge in reading development
  • Determine appropriate instructional practices to explicitly teach reading



This course is appropriate for educators at all levels (elementary, middle, and secondary).



Materials will be provided on-site.



There is an option to add one (1) graduate credit to this 2-day course from Fitchburg State University. Graduate credit is optional; the cost is $210 and the non-refundable payment is made directly to Fitchburg. The timeline to opt into graduate credit is firm and details will be available once the course begins so you can make your final decision at that time.



  • Delivery mode: In-person.
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section.

Course Information

10 Hours/PDPs
1 Optional Graduate Credit
Dates/Time Price
July 22-23, 2024
8:30am - 3:00pm

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About the Instructor

Kristine M. Burgess, M.Ed & M.S.Ed

Kristine began working at Landmark High School in 2010 as a language arts tutorial teacher after having earned her bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College. She has since earned her master’s degree in special education from Simmons College and a master’s degree in education from Endicott College with a focus on reading and literacy. She now also holds a reading specialist license. Since 2014, Kristine has taught courses through Landmark Outreach, as well as researched and compiled teaching strategies for the Outreach resources collection on the website. She currently heads the reading department at Landmark High School in addition to teaching two small group classes.

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