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Our Purpose

The purpose of the Center for Reading Science is to support educators in implementing the science of reading in their classrooms and communities. Our center aims to provide trusted information and resources to help educators bridge the research-to-practice gap and provide evidence-based practices in preschool through higher education.

Below is information about the Center’s three project areas.


Stronger Together: Alliance for Reading Science in Higher Education

STARS-HE strives to connect University faculty to share ideas and resources on implementing the science of reading in teacher preparation. The documents, resources, and engagement opportunities presented in this section were created to support higher education faculty as they work to fully incorporate the science of reading in their teacher preparation programs.


Project Ready!

Project Ready! is committed to eradicating the economic and racial achievement gap by helping schools provide comprehensive, high-quality early education. The open-access resource materials shared on this site are part of our ongoing research project funded by The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation, Scripps Howard Foundation, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, and Mount St. Joseph University. We aim to create and share high-quality instructional materials, family literacy materials, and teacher professional learning opportunities.


Resources for Implementing the Science of Reading in Kindergarten – High School

The Center for Reading Science is striving to bridge the research-to-practice gap in schools near and far. The staff at the center can provide guidance and leadership to strengthen school systems, professional development, and coaching. This section contains information, resources, and tools for educators working with kindergarten through high school students seeking support to implement strong literacy practices.

Center News & Announcements

Explore the Center’s recent and upcoming events​

Project Ready! Trainings

Getting Started with Project Ready! June 5, 2023

8:30 - 11:30 AM

Getting Started with Project Ready!


June 13, 2023

6:30 - 8:30 PM

Curriculum Training Part I

August 10, 2023

8:30 - 11:30 AM

Curriculum Training Part II

September 2, 2023

8:30 - 11:30 AM

MSJ Reading Science Summit

Wednesday, June 28th, 2023

8:00 AM - 5:00 PM


Bridging the Research

to Practice Gap


8:00 - 8:30 AM
Arrival & Check In

8:30 - 10:30 AM
Welcome & Keynote

11:00 - 12:00 PM
Breakout Session 1

12:00 - 1:30 PM

*Lunch & Networking

1:30 - 2:30 PM
Breakout Session 2 

2:40 - 3:40 PM
Breakout Session 3 

3:40 - 4:00 PM
Snack & Networking

4:00 - 5:00 PM
Session 4

*Lunch included in registration

Visit our Exhibition Hall to meet our vendors and sponsors! 

 Meet MSJ Reading Science Summit
Keynote Speaker,
Dr. Elsa Cardenas-Hagan

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Structured Literacy for
English Learners:
What Every Educator Should Know

Structured Literacy is a comprehensive and evidence-based approach for literacy instruction that is based upon language skills.  It includes foundational skills of reading and writing in addition to the development of oral language and comprehension.  Evidence-based practices for the successful development of literacy among English learners will be described and the research reports will be provided.  A demonstration of effective literacy instruction for English learners that builds upon first language and literacy knowledge for the development of second language literacy will be modeled and practiced.  Participants will learn how to address cross-linguistic features into every lesson and thus implement an asset-based approach to instruction.


Mount St. Joseph University

Reading Science Programs

We offer programs focused on the Science of Reading at both the graduate and doctoral levels. Our programs are fully online and build for the full-time educator. We have educators from across the nation in our program.

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