Presenters: Marilyn Sprick and colleagues

Learn to teach The Third Quest curriculum with fidelity and high success. This comprehensive (vs. targeted) intervention program provides instruction in vocabulary, word study, fluency, content knowledge (the scientific method and ancient history), comprehension, and study skills. It’s a fit for students who have plateaued and are not motivated by computer-based solutions. The program is proven at both Tiers 2 and 3 when implemented with fidelity.


Monday, August 5, 8:00 am to 2:30 pm PT, and
Tuesday, August 6, 8:00 am to 11:15 am PT

Day 1 Training (6.5 hours, including 30-minute lunch break):
Why, What, and How it Works • Setting Up
How to deliver instruction: Arrival, Vocabulary, Word Study

Day 2 Training (3.25 hours):
Reader/Comprehension, Progress Monitoring, and Diagnostic Teaching

Your support and encouragement of staff as they implement interventions for high-risk readers go  a long way toward the success of students. If you would like to join us for the first 1.5 hours of The Third Quest Day 1, you can join your staff in understanding how The Third Quest works, what is needed for successful student outcomes, and the resources staff need.

If you register for The Third Quest, you can continue on for Parallel Universe Training on August 6 for no additional fee. Just select the option in final checkout or on your registration form. The Parallel Universe is a Third Quest intervention that can be used as a stand-alone intervention or before, during, or after The Third Quest for even more robust outcomes.

To register online, select your session below. Register by July 22, for the best rate. 

To use a purchase order, complete the registration form and send, along with a signed copy of the PO, to or fax to 541.345.1507.


  • Marilyn Sprick
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All session participants will receive: 

  • Full set of Student Materials
  • Program Overview (Section 1 of the Program Guide)
  • Appendix: Sample Teacher Guide pages (for use during training)
  • Training Manual
  • Access to videos and reproducibles

Admin participants will receive:

  • Program Overview
  • Training Manual
  • Access to videos, reproducibles

We recommend you provide your home address for shipping because materials may be sent while schools are on winter break.

To use a purchase order, please download and complete the registration form:

Email your registration form and a signed copy of your purchase order to or fax to 541.345.1507.

Marilyn will meet with participants via two web meetings 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 how to teach the program
  •  Develop a working knowledge of The Third Quest’s comprehensive programming 

  • Practice explicit routines for teaching vocabulary, word recognition skills, fluency, comprehension, content knowledge, and study skills 

  • Learn how to use internal progress monitoring data effectively 

  • Teach diagnostically to meet the needs of 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 regular training and $25 for Administrator training. To make changes or cancel, please call us at 866.542.1490.


Not sure if the program will fit your needs? Surf The Third Quest 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 confirmation. Contact us if you don’t receive a 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.