Learn to teach The Third Quest’s Parallel Universe with fidelity and success. This short 41-lesson reading intervention for students in grades 5 to 12 provides scientifically based reading instruction in a motivating context. Streaming video instruction is combined with teacher-directed lessons.  Students systematically work on Word Study exercises (rebuilding foundational reading skills), building fluency, engaging in building sophisticated vocabulary, narrative and informational passage reading, and comprehension building.


Tuesday, August 6, 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm PT (1:00 pm to 3:30 pm MT / 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm CT / 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm ET)
Training lasts 2.5 hours.

Seats are limited. Registration closes July 29, 2024. For best rate, register by July 22, 2024.

All participants will receive: 

  • Student materials for one student
  • Program Overview
  • Sample pages from the Coach’s Manual

To use a purchase order: Please download and complete this registration form, then email the form and a signed copy of your purchase order to or fax to 541.345.1507.


  • Marilyn Sprick
  • Ann Watanabe
Area of Focus:


Marilyn Sprick and Barb Robillard will meet with participants via a 2.5-hour web meeting to simulate live and in-person training as much as possible. Sessions will not be recorded so participants can feel comfortable working interactively. Participants will learn about:

  • Programming and rationale
  • Implementation options
  • Teaching the program and cheerleading
  • Problem solving with internal progress monitoring
  • Working diagnostically by listening to students


Educators—teachers, specialists, instructional assistants, literacy coaches, and administrators working to treat/remediate reading deficits (fifth grade through high school)


There will be a $40 fee for all changes and cancellations made prior to the start of the training. To make changes or cancel, please call us at 866.542.1490.


Not sure if the program will fit your needs? Visit The Third Quest’s Parallel Universe website. View the Program Overview, short videos, and assessment results. You can also request a web meeting before signing up.


  • Live virtual workshop will be conducted via Zoom. Please look for a confirmation email from Zoom upon order completion. Please let us know if you don’t receive the link.
  • Course price is for a single registrant and included materials. Please include the email address and home shipping address for each individual registrant during checkout.
  • Sessions will not be recorded, so you must attend each live session.
  • Graduate-level professional development credit is available for this course through UMass Global.
  • Questions about this course? Please email or call 866.542.1490.
  • Materials shipped to arrive by August 1, 2024. Please let us know if your materials don’t arrive by then.
  • Registration from outside the United States closes on July 12, 2024. Register by July 22, 2024 for best rate. Registration closes July 29, 2024.
  • Marilyn Sprick

    Marilyn Sprick has been a general education teacher, special education teacher, and Title I learning specialist. As an educational consultant, Marilyn has provided training in literacy, curriculum adaptation, and collaborative instruction for thousands of teachers throughout the United States and Canada. Marilyn’s focus is on scaffolding and differentiating curriculum, explicit instruction, motivating students, and diagnostic prescriptive teaching. She is well respected for her ability to inspire teachers and translate research into classroom practice. As a literacy expert, Marilyn is the lead author of Read Well K-2 (a scientifically based early reading program) and The Third Quest—a reading intervention for adolescent struggling readers. Marilyn is also author of “Preintervention 2: Assessing and Adjusting Academic Support” in Early-Stage Interventions and a coauthor of Meaningful Work; The Tough Kid On-Task in a Box, part of the Tough Kid series; SMART Kids, a social skills curriculum for grades K-1; and First Step NEXT, a Tier 2 behavioral intervention for young children. Sign up here to subscribe to Marilyn Sprick's Newsletter for Literacy Nerds.

  • Ann Watanabe

    Ann Watanabe is an author of Read Well 2, Read Well 2 Fluency Foundations, Read Well 1 Composition, and The Third Quest. She has worked in education as a teacher in special and general education. She has been a resource teacher, reading coach, literacy consultant, and adult education teacher. For more than 35 years, Ann has dedicated her career to helping students of all ages become literate and self-confident. Throughout the state of Hawaii, Ann is known for her work in early reading instruction and instructional delivery—providing professional development for thousands of teachers. She has worked on multiple school improvement initiatives and is the coauthor of the Hawaii State Literacy Tutor Training Program. Ann has presented at district, state, and national conferences and is the recipient of a national Excellence in Education Staff Development award. She coauthored the K–2 CCSS (Common Core State Standards) reading assessments for the state of Hawaii. She is also a National Board Certified Teacher in Literacy: Reading-Language Arts/Early and Middle Childhood. As an educational consultant, Ann continues to provide consultation and training in beginning reading, explicit and instruction, Read Well, and a range of supplemental and intervention reading programs.