Learn to teach The Third Quest’s Parallel Universe with fidelity and success. This explicit reading intervention for grades 5–12 employs scientifically based reading research in a motivating context. 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.


Monday, June 26, 10:30 am to 1:45 am (11:30 am to 2:45 pm MT/ 12:30 am to 3:45 pm CT/1:30 am to 4:45 pm ET)
Training lasts 3 hours.

Seats are limited. Registration closes June 19, 2023. For best rate, register by June 12.

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 to or fax to 541.345.1507.


V Para U June 23
For Grades:
  • Marilyn Sprick
  • Ann Watanabe
  • McKenzie Meline
  • Barb Robillard
Area of Focus:


Marilyn Sprick and Barb Robillard will meet with participants via a 3-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
  • Work 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? Request a web meeting before signing up. Surf The Third Quest website. View the Program Overview, short videos, and assessment results.


  • Live virtual workshop will be conducted via Zoom. Please look for a confirmation email from Zoom upon order completion.
  • Course price is for a single registrant and included materials. Please include the email address and 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 will be shipped to arrive no later than June 22, 2023. Registration closes June 19, 2023. Register on or before June 12, 2023 for best rate.
  • 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.

  • McKenzie Meline

    McKenzie Meline received her Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of Oregon, where she focused on teacher preparation, academic instruction for English learners, and education policy. She holds a multiple-subject teaching credential, a special education teaching credential, and an administrative license. She applied her training to her time working abroad as a learning support coordinator in South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore. At these schools, she was responsible for establishing special education programs that used the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) framework and trained teachers on using inclusive practices to support students with special needs in their classroom. Now she is passionate about developing reading intervention programs that target discouraged, struggling adolescent readers at the Tier 2 and 3 levels. She enjoys working with teachers implementing these programs and hearing about their success in transforming their students into competent and confident readers.

  • Barb Robillard

    Barb Robillard is a career educator with a passion for teaching all students to read well. For 30 years, Barb taught in general education classrooms and worked as an intervention teacher. As a consultant in Closing the Achievement Gap and Read to Achieve, as a Reading First Coach, and now as an intervention specialist with Ancora Publishing, Barb provides support to staff members who wish to give students and families the tools they need to help every child succeed. Barb’s success with intervention students provides a special connection with other educators who love teaching and helping students move forward with confidence and enthusiasm.