Literacy Study Group FAQ

What is the Literacy Study Group?

The Literacy Study Group (LSG) is a web-based professional development opportunity for K-5 teachers and school interventionists. LSG prepares teachers to deliver high quality reading instruction routines to elementary students with or at risk for emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD). This is a four-year research study funded by Institute of Education Sciences.* The goal is to close the literacy gap students with EBD often experience. This grant is a collaboration between the University of Alabama, Trifoia, and the Center on Teaching and Learning at the University of Oregon.

More information about the project can be found here:

Why me?

You are invited to participate for four reasons:

  1. You are an elementary teacher or school interventionist;
  2. You work with students with or at risk for EBD;
  3. You want to enhance your current reading curriculum with evidence-based instructional strategies; and
  4. You want to learn behavioral strategies to engage students with EBD.

What will I do?

You will participate in the 10-week LSG course which includes interactive online content and teacher study groups. Each module will teach you how to support literacy development in students with EBD, get practical and effective strategies to address challenging behaviors, learn and practice instructional routines and strategies, and give and receive feedback from your peers through an online discussion forum. In addition, you will provide feedback about the usefulness of the content and strategies.

What will I learn?

Module 1:LSG Project Overview and Classroom Learning Conditions
Module 2:Explicit and Systematic Instruction & Student Engagement
Module 3:Development of Phonemic Awareness
Module 4:Beginning Sound Review & Blending Strategies
Module 5:Advanced Sound Review & Blending Strategies
Module 6:Regular and Irregular Word Reading & Beginning Dictation Strategies
Module 7:Supporting Reading Fluency & Comprehension Using Decodable Text
Module 8:Vocabulary Instruction & Student Participation Strategies
Module 9:Reading Comprehension: Routines for Narrative and Information Texts
Module 10:Application and Reflection

What will I get out of it?

  1. A high quality professional development opportunity
  2. New skills, knowledge, and evidence-based behavioral and reading resources to integrate into your teaching practice
  3. An opportunity to share your experience and learn from other teachers in the district
  4. A $500 stipend for your participation

What is the time commitment?

We anticipate completing each module will take approximately 2 hours every week from January-April 2019. You also will complete a 2-3 hour DIBELS training, a 30-45 minute survey at the start and end of the study to provide feedback about the course and its efficacy, and you will administer a reading assessment to two students with or at risk of EBD at two different time points.

I do not have two students formally identified with emotional and behavioral disorders. Can I participate in your study?

Yes. Only 1% of school age children are formally identified as having EBD. We recognize it is very unlikely an elementary teacher will have two or more students formally diagnosed with EBD. Thus, teachers may choose two students in their class whom they identify as having emotional or behavioral challenges in order to participate in the study. These two students do not need to be formally diagnosed with EBD or have any other special education needs.

LSG Contact Information

Widya Mak | LSG Project Manager

(541) 284-2413

*This research is funded by the Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, Grant # R324A150059.