strategies for teaching reading for student teachers

Preparing Teachers to Prepare the Future...

There is so much information that a pre-service teacher needs to master: subject knowledge, delivery strategies, assessment design, classroom management, best practices for teaching students with special needs, etc… However, you could spend an entire semester teaching just one of these concepts, and still have more information you could cover.

In order to free up your limited class time for the many important things you need to convey to pre-service teachers, Reading Horizons has created an online training tool to prepare future teachers to help each student effectively learn to read. This tool prepares pre-service teachers with research-based strategies for teaching foundational reading skills to beginning readers, struggling readers, and ESL students, and is aligned to multiple curriculum standards (view correlations below). As a professor, you qualify for free access to this reading workshop by following the steps at the bottom of this page.

Watch this video of Reading Horizons Company President, Tyson Smith, explaining what the Reading Workshop is, how it works, and why we offer it free to professors:

Watch this short clip to hear why Dr. Brian Ludlow, a specialist in literacy and psychometrics, uses the Workshop to prepare pre-service teachers to teach reading:

The Reading Horizons Online Workshop...

prepare pre-service teachers to teach reading


View correlations to standards:

International Reading Assoication (IRA)   International Dyslexia Association (IDA)  
Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC)

Interstate New Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC) - Learning Progressions

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)   National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS)

National Council of Accreditation in Teacher Education

Universities Using the Reading Workshop



"Using the Reading Horizons ‘Reading Workshop’ helps my students understand phonics concepts much better than before I had this wonderful resource. We can use class time to build greater understanding of the many complex aspects of teaching reading to young children because the workshop teaches and reviews phonics patterns with an effective method of instruction. The technical support has been amazing."

- Marion R. Johnstun Ph.D., Professor, BYU-Idaho, ID

"The Reading Horizons Online Workshop was certainly a beneficial experience that I feel will help me greatly in teaching phonetic reading skills. Many of the phonetic skills, strategies, and rules presented in the workshop were simple and easy to understand, and many I had never even realized existed. What I benefited from the most, and I feel like students would as well, was the unique marking system that the workshop teaches. I found it easier to recognize and decode words according to the word structure by using the markings that are taught. Being able to visually see patterns in words helped to examine and analyze the word, and remember the rules and strategies that go along with those patterns. The markings used helped to visually and sequentially break down a word, in order to understand the phonetic rules that must be followed. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed and benefited from the Reading Horizons Online Workshop. I feel more adequately equipped to teach reading because not only have I been taught a variety of very useful skills and strategies to do so, but I have also gained a better knowledge for myself of phonetics."

- Rayann, Pre-Service Teacher, Lincoln Memorial University, TN

"I am emailing you to let you know about how helpful I found the Reading Horizons Online Reading Workshop. The one subject I was nervous about teaching was phonics. This workshop taught me so much I did not know about phonics. Thanks to the workshop, I now have a better understanding of phonics and how to teach it in the future. I love this program, and I hope to be able to use it in my future classroom."

- Bethany, Pre-Service Teacher, Lincoln Memorial University, TN

Free Access in 3 Easy Steps:

number 1Contact Reading Horizons at 800.333.0054 or submit this form to request a free workshop account for your college or university.

number 2Post your customized workshop link on your University’s website for free and easy access to the workshop.

number 3Provide the access code to the pre-service teachers in your course and track their progress.

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