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Onsite Professional Development


Professional Development Workshops Offered by Acadience Learning

Bring training to your staff at your facility with Acadience Learning’s Onsite Professional Development services. Our professional development specialists are available to work closely with you to develop a customized training package that meets the specific needs of your staff. Below, you will find a list of workshops available for onsite professional development.


  • Acadience Reading K-6 Essential Workshop

    This workshop provides introductory and comprehensive training for Acadience Reading users. Topics include the foundations of Acadience Reading, administration and scoring of all measures, and how to use Acadience Reading within an RtI/Outcomes-Driven Model. Recommended length: 2 days.

  • Acadience Reading K-6 Data Interpretation Workshop

    This workshop provides training on the use of Acadience Reading data at the systems- and student-level for improving reading outcomes, progress monitoring, and evaluating the effectiveness of reading instructional support. It includes Pathways of Progress training. Pathways of Progress is a research-based tool that can be used by educators to set meaningful, ambitious, and attainable goals for students. Recommended length: 1 day.

  • Acadience Reading K-6 Mentoring Workshop

    This workshop prepares participants to become Acadience Reading Mentors. Acadience Reading Mentors can support and train others on Acadience Reading administration, scoring, and data interpretation. Mentors have access to the latest Acadience Reading information and exclusive resources to support their schools and improve student achievement. Prerequisites: Acadience Reading Essential and Acadience Reading Data Interpretation workshops. Recommended length: 1 day.

  • Acadience Reading Diagnostic PA & WRD Workshop, with Acadience Reading Survey*

    This workshop covers the administration and scoring of Acadience Reading Deep: Phonemic Awareness & Word Reading and Decoding (PA & WRD) and Acadience Reading: Survey for the purposes of identifying the target phonemic awareness and word reading/decoding skills to teach during reading instruction, determining instructional levels, and determining progress monitoring levels. Recommended length: 1 day.

    *Acadience Reading Diagnostic PA & WRD is published as DIBELS® Deep: PA & WRD. Acadience Reading Survey is published as DIBELS Next® Survey.

  • Acadience Reading Deep: CFOL Workshop

    The workshop provides training on the administration and scoring of Acadience Reading Deep: Comprehension, Fluency, and Oral Language (CFOL) for the purposes of identifying the target reading comprehension and comprehension-related skills to teach. Practice activities and case examples explore the connections between these assessments, Acadience Reading screening data, classroom instruction, and intervention. Recommended length: 1 day.

  • Acadience Reading for Administrators

    This workshop provides an administrator-specific overview of how to use Acadience Reading to improve reading outcomes. Content customized for administrators' needs. Recommended length: 1/2-1 day.

  • Acadience Math Essential Workshop

    This workshop provides an introductory and comprehensive training on Acadience Math. Topics include the foundations of Acadience Math, administration and scoring of all measures, and the logistics of assessment and use within an outcomes-driven model. Recommended length: 1 day.

  • Acadience Math Data Interpretation & Mentoring Workshop

    This workshop offers advanced training in the use of Acadience Math data in an Outcomes-Driven Model, perfect for schools implementing a Response to Intervention or Multi-tiered System of Support approach. Topics include using data to match students to resources, grouping students for instruction, selecting materials for progress monitoring, and evaluating the effectiveness of instruction. Participants have the option to use their own data during activities for a truly customized experience. Participants will become Acadience Math Mentors and receive official presentation materials for the Acadience Math Essential Workshop, which they can use to train others. They will also be able to observe and provide feedback to Acadience Math assessors and interpret and assist others in using classroom-, school-, and district-level Acadience Math data. Prerequisites: Acadience Math Essential Workshop. Recommended length: 1 day.

  • Acadience Reading Pre-K: PELI Essential Workshop

    The Preschool Early Literacy Indicators (PELI) is a storybook-embedded assessment of essential pre-literacy and oral language skills needed for kindergarten. This workshop is targeted to early childhood educators. It covers the foundations and research behind early child literacy and oral language development, how to administer and score all subtests of the PELI measures, and how to use the results within an an RtI/Outcomes-Driven Model. Recommended length: 1 day.

  • Acadience Reading Pre-K: PELI Data Interpretation & Mentoring Workshop

    This workshop offers advanced training in the use of PELI data to make educational decisions for preschool children within an Outcomes-Driven Model. Topics include using PELI data to (a) identify children who need additional instructional support to attain early literacy outcomes, (b) plan instructional support, (c) monitor progress in early literacy skills of all children, and (d) evaluate outcomes. In addition, the workshop will cover techniques and strategies for training others to administer and score the PELI. Participants will become PELI Mentors and receive official presentation materials for the PELI Essential Workshop, which they can use to train others. Prerequisites: PELI Essential Workshop. Recommended length: 1 day.

  • Pathways of Progress Workshop

    This workshop provides training on a research-based tool for Acadience Reading K-6 called Pathways of Progress, which can be used by educators to set meaningful, ambitious, and attainable goals for students in grades K-6. The workshop also includes guidance on using a reporting tool available with Pathways that provides summative reading growth data (i.e., the new Summative Growth Report). These data may be useful as one indicator of student reading growth within a comprehensive educator evaluation and accountability program. Recommended length: 1 day.


Acadience Learning Professional Development


Stephanie A. Stollar, Ph.D.

Stephanie A. Stollar, Ph.D.

Stephanie A. Stollar, Ph.D., is the Director of Professional Development and a Research Scientist at Acadience Learning. Dr. Stollar is a nationally certified school psychologist and a 1996 graduate of the doctoral program in school psychology at the University of Cincinnati. She has worked as a school psychologist and as an assistant professor in the school psychology program at the University of South Florida. Additionally, she provides professional development and consultation to school districts on the use of direct assessment measures, including Acadience™ Reading (also published under the name DIBELS Next®), to improve outcomes for all students.


Kelly A. Powell-Smith, Ph.D.

Kelly A. Powell-Smith, Ph.D., NCSP

Kelly A. Powell-Smith, Ph.D., NCSP, is Vice President and Associate Director of Research & Development at Acadience Learning, where she conducts research on assessment and intervention related to early childhood language and literacy development. Dr. Powell-Smith, a nationally certified school psychologist, obtained her doctorate in school psychology from the University of Oregon. She is a former Associate Professor of School Psychology at the University of South Florida. She was a faculty associate of the Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) and a consultant with the Eastern Regional Reading First Technical Assistance Center (ERRFTAC). She has provided training in formative assessment and academic interventions in 22 states and Canada. Dr. Powell-Smith has conducted research related to children with various learning and behavioral difficulties, has served on the editorial boards for School Psychology Review, Psychology in the Schools, School Psychology Forum, Journal of Evidence Based Practices for Schools, and Proven Practice in the Prevention and Remediation of School Problems, and has conducted over 230 national, state, and regional workshops and presentations.



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