WISE READING Workshops For Better Learning Experience

Who is this workshop for?

The program is designed to be delivered in a withdrawal format or in a classroom setting while other students in the classroom are independently working during language time. Educators working directly with students who require remediation would be ideal candidates. For example:

  • Special education teachers
  • Special Education Resource Teachers (SERT)
  • Methods and Resource Teachers (MART)
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Classroom teachers who have the opportunity to work with students in small groups in or out of the classroom

How can I prepare for the workshop?

Read the following documents

Watch the following videos:



What will I learn at the workshop?

  • An overview of the science of reading
  • Why phonological awareness is critical for teaching students how to read successfully
  • What phonological awareness is and why developing phonological awareness skills is critical to reading
  • How to support the development of phonological awareness in young readers
  • How to assess students’ pre-reading skills to determine whether they are candidates for the program
  • How to deliver the remediation program to small groups of students in or out of the classroom
  • How to address the phonological awareness deficits of young readers
  • How to contextualize literary experiences that are both meaningful and authentic for young readers
  • How to roll out the WISE READING® Remediation Program in your school

Can I share the program with friends and colleagues?

No. The training materials of the WISE READING® Remediation Program are trademarked, licensed, and protected by copyright laws. As a licensee, you are licensed to deliver the WISE READING® Remediation Program subject to the terms and conditions of the license agreement. Materials cannot be redistributed, copied, translated, sold, or sublicensed. The materials may not be shared with untrained peers and colleagues. The licensee is not authorized to train others to use the program, materials, or research.

After I am trained and certified, how do I implement the program in my school?

During the training, you will receive a one-page outline of “How to Implement a Phonological Awareness Training Program” in your school, developed by Nancy Wise, PhD, suggesting approaches and steps to be considered

Can I use the program outside of my school?

Evoke Learning offers two separate licenses: one to use the program within a school context and an additional, add-on license to certify the individual to use the program within a private practice subject to the terms and conditions of the license agreement.

Is this program suitable for a whole class lesson plan?

No. The WISE READING® Remediation Program is not designed to be delivered as a whole class lesson plan, but is rather a withdrawal program that can be offered to students in a variety of session formats, one-to-one, or in small groups, two to three times a week or intensively over a month, in or out of the classroom. Once trained in delivering the program, there are a variety of creative ways for educators to implement the program.

What do I need to be able to roll this program out?

The training provides the instructional information to run the 18-lesson program from start to finish. Users are required to purchase the phonological awareness assessment tool, coloured blocks, and required children’s literature. Participants are provided with a suggested reading list at the workshop.

What additional resources and tools do I need to implement the program?

  • Phonological awareness assessment tool (~$309.95 CAD for 25 screens. Refills ~$69.95 CAD for 25 screens)
  • Coloured blocks (~$1.25 at dollar store, or $10.95 CAD when purchase PAT-2: NU)
  • White board and markers (~$5-10 at dollar store)
  • Selection of 18 different children’s literature books (~$180 or in school library)
  • Inexpensive children’s games (optional, ~$10 at dollar store)

What does my registration fee include?

  • Phonological Awareness training
  • Information on the science and hierarchy of reading
  • Training on how to deliver the program
  • Information on the evidence-based research behind the WISE Reading remediation program
  • How to develop phonological awareness skills
  • Evidence-based reading strategies
  • How to administer the diagnostic assessment
  • 18 hours of reading remediation sample lesson plans
  • Examples of explicit teaching approaches and activities that emphasize phonological awareness in the classroom
  • Information on how to implement a phonological awareness training program in your classroom and school
  • A suggested materials list
  • Parent handouts
  • Research and resources related to the science of reading and phonological awareness
  • Ongoing program support from Evoke Learning

What are the possible signs that a student is having difficulty with phonological processing?

Students may have difficulty:

  • Identifying rhyming words
  • Making rhyming words
  • Breaking a word into chunks (i.e. syllable segmentation)
  • Clapping the number of words in a sentence
  • Separating sounds in words (e.g. s-t-o-p)
  • Blending sounds to make words
  • Remembering sounds in spoken and written words
  • Connecting their sound awareness to their sound-symbol knowledge

What you may see: student has difficulty with rhyming, does not hear differences in sounds, has difficulty knowing that ‘plate’ without the /p/ would make ‘late’, has difficulty spelling phonetically and has difficulty learning to read despite numerous teaching opportunities.

Understanding Learning Disabilities Waterfall. York Region District School Board, Mar. 2014. Web. 21 July 2017.

What kind of support is available to me after the workshop?

Following your workshop training, our Evoke WISE READING® Remediation Program liaison is available via email to answer any questions you may have or provide program implementation direction.

How will WISE READING® Remediation Program specifically help struggling French immersion readers?

The WISE READING® Remediation Program is based on research involving struggling readers in French immersion. The program focuses on the provision of English phonological awareness (PA) training in combination with letter-sound correspondence instruction, and helps at-risk readers acquire early reading skills in both French and English. During their investigations, Nancy Wise and her research team at OISE/University of Toronto sought answers to two questions: 1) Will English PA training result in improved PA in both French and English? and 2) Will the provision of English PA training facilitate reading development in French? Consistent with the results of previous studies, researchers found strong evidence of cross-language transfer of PA from English to French. Furthermore, results indicated that the at-risk readers in the treatment group who received PA training in English significantly outperformed those in the control group on French reading tests administered at the end of Grades 1, 2, and 3. A particularly striking finding was that the children in the treatment group also made significantly higher reading gains in English than those in the control group.

Is this program only for French immersion students?

No. Investigations have provided compelling evidence that phonological awareness is a general, rather than a language-specific, cognitive mechanism that, once established, can generalize to a second or additional language (Cisero & Royer, 1995; Comeau, Cormier, Grandmaison, & Lacroix, 1999; Durgunoğlu, Nagy, & Hancit-Bhatt, 1993; Jared, Cormier, Levy, & Wade­Woolley, 2011). These investigations suggest that it is possible to address phonological awareness deficits in either English or French.

How much will it cost to roll out the WISE READING® program in my school once I am trained to deliver it?

Phonological awareness is essential for students who are learning to read, and some students require more specialized attention in this area. At Evoke Learning, we believe that every child deserves the opportunity to receive early reading intervention by trained teachers, and we make our training substantially more affordable than typical reading remediation programs, which can cost thousands of dollars per student. The materials for the WISE READING® remediation program cost less than $20 per student, and we are proud to partner with educators from both the public and private systems to help them achieve their goals.