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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.)


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


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)




Legal Updates on Dyslexia

January 19, 2021

Learn about requirements under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for providing programs and services for students with dyslexia.  Receive current updates and legal results regarding Section 504 and district dyslexia procedures.


Presenter: David M. Richards, J.D., Attorney at Law

Mr. Richards is the managing partner in the Austin law firm Richards Lindsay & Martín, L.L.P. The firm is devoted entirely to the defense of school districts and special education cooperatives. He focuses his school district practice on the areas of  §504 and special education. He has published numerous articles in the Texas School Law News and Apex Insurance’s The Report Card, was the editor and a contributing author to The Texas Principal’s Handbook, and co-author of School Risk Management and Public Officials Risk Management. His presentations and materials have also been referenced numerous times in LRP’s Section 504 Compliance Advisor, The Special Educator, and Your School & the Law. He is General Counsel for the Council of Educators for Students with Disabilities (CESD), and a frequent speaker on disability law topics at schools, as well as regional, state, and national conferences throughout the country. Learn more about this event and register here.






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.



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.


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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.


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For more information about Reading by Design, e-mail


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