Course Listing

1 Day Workshops

The Reading Brain: Integrated Word Study, In-Person – Summer Institute 2022


  • Delivery mode: In-person. All guidelines around Covid-19 protocols will be followed and communicated to participants.
  • Attendance: Live, on the date and time listed in the course information section.


Human beings develop speech naturally at predictable points through exposure to oral language; however, written language proficiency is a learned skill, requiring the repurposing and fluent integration of multiple regions of the brain through explicit instruction. In order to teach a brain to read, teachers must strengthen the language processing centers, as well as the neural networks that work in coordination to decode, spell, define, and contextualize written words. Classroom instruction should align with the science of the reading brain through structured, systematic, and sequential reading and writing skill development. This course will include a brief overview of oral language development theory, an introduction to the processing systems of the reading brain, and a practical approach model for integrated word study instruction to improve reading outcomes for students across any content area or grade level.

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand basic oral language development theory
  • Name and distinguish between the 4 processing systems of the reading brain
  • Strengthen and integrate the 4 processing systems through structured word study


This course is appropriate for educators at all grade levels.


Materials will be provided on-site.

Course Information

5 Hours
Dates/Time Price
July 12, 2022
8:30am - 3:00pm

Registration is unavailable at this time.

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About the Instructor

Paul W. Howard, M.S. Ed

Paul Howard has served as the Assistant Early Literacy Department Head at Landmark High School since 2015. He is trained in the Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing (LiPS) Program. Paul has taught English Language Arts classes and one-to-one Early Literacy tutorials at Landmark since 2007. He graduated from Gordon College with a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Literature. Paul holds a master’s of science in Moderate Special Education from Simmons College and is a professionally licensed special education teacher.

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