A Continuum of Services for Adolescent Poor Readers and Students at Risk of Academic Failure (Tiers 1 to 3)

Two Sessions: Register for one or both

Session 1: Tier 1 (Grades 5-12)
Academic Supports, Adapting Content Area and Curriculum and Instruction
Session 2: Tiers 2 and 3 (Grades 5-12)
A Comprehensive Reading Intervention at the Secondary Level
Courtyard by Marriott
Portland City Center
550 SW Oak Street
Portland, OR 97204


June 22-24, 2020


June 25-26, 2020


Session Times
8:30 am–4:00 pm
Light breakfast and buffet lunch included
Session 1: Tier 1 (Grades 5-12)
Monday–Wednesday, June 22–24, 2020
Presented by Marilyn Sprick

This workshop provides specific instructional strategies for helping students in diverse classrooms meet course requirements. Our goal is to improve academic success for all without watering down the curriculum.

Adapting is the redesign of curriculum and instruction to improve academic success for all students in a heterogeneous classroom. Instead of simply assigning less work or giving students more time for assignments, we view adapting as getting directly into curriculum planning, instruction and assessment to improve learning.

During the workshop, participants will work in their own curriculum. Strategies are relevant to social studies, science, health, English language arts, and math, and include applications to other subject areas that require students to read, take notes, complete written assignments, and pass tests.

Session 2: Tiers 2 and 3 (Grades 5-12)
A Comprehensive Reading Intervention at the Secondary Level
Thursday–Friday, June 25–26, 2020
Presented by Marilyn Sprick

Learn to teach The Third Quest curriculum with fidelity and high success. This comprehensive (vs. targeted) intervention program provides teacher-directed instruction in vocabulary, word study, fluency, content knowledge (the scientific method and ancient history), comprehension, and study skills. It’s a good fit for students who have plateaued and are not motivated by computer-based solutions.

Before Registering: This highly effective intervention has been proven to work at both Tiers 2 and 3 when implemented with fidelity. Surf the Third Quest website. Download the Program Overview, view short videos, and pre-post assessment results. Not sure if the program will fit your needs? Request a web meeting before signing up.

Comments From Intervention and Special Education Teachers Using The Third Quest

  • Increased scores—students feel measured growth and are transferring to content classes. (Middle School)
  • Even my eighth-grade students are so engaged—especially (and surprisingly so) with the Word Study. (Middle School)
  • My students now LOVE to read out loud. Their comprehension and writing summaries have greatly improved. They have developed perseverance. Oh, and they love using the new vocabulary words they have learned. I can’t say enough good things about this program. (Middle School)
  • [My] students have all written about their growth in the program, a sense of community that it builds, and the goals they have set for the future. The program works! I attest to seeing great changes and suggest it for students with dyslexia and below-grade-level readers. (High School)

Comments From Intervention and Special Education Students in The Third Quest

  • I think The Third Quest should be a movie or maybe there should be more books. (Middle School)
  • In elementary school, I had trouble reading and I hated it when I had to read out loud at school. The Third Quest has made me read more fluently, and I don’t hate reading out loud anymore. (Middle School)
  • To begin with, I would like to say that this program helped me persevere through some of the hardest times in my life. In the past few months I went from 100 words per minute to 130 words per minute. I know it doesn’t seem like much, but imagine a kid who can’t spell very well and who can’t read very well being able to spell better and read faster. It’s the best feeling ever. (High School)
Professional Development Credit

Graduate-level professional development credit for attendees of training sponsored by Safe & Civil Schools is available through Brandman University’s Extended Education department.

Before registering with Brandman, be sure to check with your district and/or state program to ensure that these credits will be accepted. They are not accepted in some locations.

Register for credit through Brandman’s Special Topic Exploration independent study option. Credits awarded will be based on coursework. Cost ranges from $150 to $400, depending on credit units.

After registration, students will complete a project that demonstrates their ability to apply the strategies they learned during the training. The project will then be evaluated for credit.

For additional information regarding registration and transcript questions, please contact Brandman University, 800-632-0094.

Attendance is limited. Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please complete the registration form and fax it to Ancora Publishing at 541-345-1507 or email to info@ancorapublishing.com.

Schedule a Third Quest Web Meeting Overview to address whether The Third Quest is a fit for your students and schedules.
To set up a free web meeting overview, use this to contact us or call 1-866-542-1490.


Or go to: TheThirdQuest.com/enter-the-third-quest to learn more

Scroll down to take a skim through the Program Overview. Watch the video introduction to The Third Quest: The hook to engage students. Go to “Quantifiable Results” to view more data.

The Parallel Universe Sample Lessons

Two sample lessons are provided below. First download the related pages from the Coach’s Manual so you can follow along then play the lessons.
(Watch the whole lesson or fast forward to see how lessons progress.)

Level 0, Lesson 2 from the beginning of the program
Click to download corresponding pages.
Level 4, Lesson 6 near the end of program
Click to download corresponding pages.