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Reading By Design Online Course



Systematic, Explicit, and Intensive Reading Intervention

Reading by Design: An Individualized Literacy Intervention is a systematic, multisensory approach aligned with research-based practices for developing literacy. This intervention follows an intensive, explicit, and cumulative design for remediation of reading and writing skills at all grade levels. This comprehensive program addresses the following components: phonological awareness, sound-symbol association, six syllable types, written spelling patterns, morphology, syntax, reading fluency, and comprehension. Progress monitoring and review lessons are embedded throughout the program to inform student progress and promote reading and writing automaticity. Reading by Design may be used with students in kindergarten through grade 12 in a small, homogeneous group setting. (Teacher training required.)




Dyslexia Intervention Fundamentals with Reading by Design

Learn the fundamentals of dyslexia intervention through a review of Texas dyslexia laws and current research, as well as best practices in dyslexia instruction. Delve into evidence-based components of instruction and explore continuums for developing reading ability in students with dyslexia. Learn how to deliver daily intervention utilizing Reading by Design, a systematic, explicit, and intensive reading program. Participants will receive the entire Reading by Design program with supplemental resources necessary for small group instruction. Register using the links below:


For more information about Reading by Design, e-mail





rla-rbd-web-graphic-3-v2Reading by Design is a FIVE VOLUME SET

  • Volume 1: Alphabetic principle
  • Volumes 2–4: Six syllable types, digraphs, diphthongs, vowel pairs, consonant clusters, special situations, etc.
  • Volume 5: Greek and Latin roots, morphology
Reading by Design:
  • May Be Used K–12
  • Recommended Delivery
    • 4–5 days per week
    • One lesson per day (30–45 minutes)
  • Mastery Checks
    • Progress monitoring
    • Placement in program
    • Pre- and post-assessment
  • Bridge Lessons
  • Review Lessons



The Reading by Design Reading Rules Poster Sets can be used as a visual reference of the letter name, keyword, and sound represented by the letter or letters on the Reading Deck cards. The posters are divided into sections: consonants, vowels (open and closed), consonant combinations, vowel-consonant-e, vowel pairs, vowel-r, final stable syllable, and special situations. This supplemental resource is used in conjunction with the Reading Deck cards in the Reading by Design intervention program.


Posters are available in both large and small formats.






Already using Reading by Design, and have questions? Check out these videos and guidance documents in our "Tips for the Trenches - Using Reading by Design Virtually".


Online Professional Development

(These workshops may be held virtually, or face-to-face - check the links below for details)





Region 4 Dyslexia Conference

December 2, 2021

This annual conference features various sessions in relation to dyslexia, including research, response to intervention, assessment, accommodations, legal issues, and much more. The goal of the conference is to bring current and practical information to a diverse audience of teachers, specialists, interventionists, speech language pathologists, diagnosticians, administrators, coordinators, and others. For more information, contact


Full details available here.





Esperanza: A Structured Multisensory Spanish Language Program

September 21-22, 2021  |  8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Learn to teach the Esperanza program that focuses on helping students develop a strong knowledge of the structure of the Spanish language. Learn how to transition the student into English by helping the student apply his or her knowledge of phonology and the rules of Spanish to the acquisition of English. This program has been used successfully with beginning readers in bilingual programs as well as with dyslexic Spanish-speaking students.  Learn more and register here.




Adapting Reading by Design for Specially Designed Instruction (Special Education)

In this session, special education teachers will learn how to adapt content, methodology, and delivery of instruction (specially designed instruction) of Reading by Design: An Individualized Literacy Intervention. Teachers will learn how to adapt this program for students identified through IDEA as having the reading disability of dyslexia.


Upcoming course start dates:



Reading by Design - Delving Deeper Workshop Series

This training is a part of a series of supplemental trainings for participants who have completed Reading by Design training and wish to delve deeper into the spelling component of the program. Participants must have completed Dyslexia Intervention Fundamentals with Reading by Design OR Reading by Design Bridge prior to attending this training.


Learn more about this session, and the presenter, Mary Yarus, in the video interview below!



Spelling and Phoneme-Grapheme Mapping
In this session, participants will revisit the SOS procedure, spelling rules, use of the Linking Spelling to Reading Dictionary, and go deeper with phoneme-grapheme mapping. Additional scaffolds and multisensory techniques will be shared.
Polishing Our Practice
Participants will review lesson components while reflecting on current intervention practices. Delivery method fundamentals associated with each component will be reviewed with time-saving tips and management techniques woven throughout the session.
In this session, participants will explore Greek and Latin roots, affixes, and how these morphemes are identified to assist with reading, spelling, and vocabulary acquisition.  Participants are encouraged to bring Volume 5 to the training. 



Dyslexia Intervention Fundamentals with Reading by Design

Learn the fundamentals of dyslexia intervention through a review of Texas dyslexia laws and current research, as well as best practices in dyslexia instruction.  Delve into evidence-based components of instruction and explore continuums for developing reading ability in students with dyslexia.  Learn how to deliver daily intervention utilizing Reading by Design, a systematic, explicit, and intensive reading program.  Participants will receive the entire Reading by Design program with supplemental resources necessary for small group instruction. 


This course requires attendance for 5 full days of training. The class meets each day for half the day.  In addition, there is an assignment to be completed before the first day of class.  For each half day in class, there is a minimum of 3 hours of additional work outside of class.  To pass the course, participants must complete all assignments successfully and on time.


Full details and registration information for upcoming 5-day sessions available by clicking the links below.




Reading by Design Bridge Training (Online)

Participants will review best practices in dyslexia intervention as learned in the Dyslexia Intervention Program training and bridge this knowledge to the Reading by Design program. Participants will explore the new material in Reading by Design and take a deeper dive into enhanced program components.


Important Note: This training program is exclusively for participants that have been previously trained by Region 4 in the Region 4 Dyslexia Intervention Program. Participants must send an email to with a request to register for this session and a scanned copy of the certificate of attendance for the Dyslexia Program Basics training that clearly shows the dates of attendance. Approved participants will be notified of their registration status, and only approved participants are allowed to register for the course and attend the training.


Upcoming course start dates:






Reading by Design Administrator Training
This training is for administrators who will be observing and evaluating teachers using the Reading by Design dyslexia intervention. A brief overview of the program will be shared, as well as an observation document and the opportunity to view a model lesson. Learn more about this session and register here.



For more information about Reading by Design, e-mail


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