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, June 17, 8:00 am PT to 2:30 pm PT (9:00 am to 3:30 pm MT / 10:00 am to 4:30 pm CT / 11:00 am to 5:30 pm ET)
This session lasts 6.5 hours with a half-hour break.

Tuesday, June 18, 8:00 am PT to 11:15 am PT (9:00 am to 12:15 pm MT / 10:00 am to 1:15 pm CT/ 11:00 am to 2:15 pm ET)
This session lasts 3.25 hours.

Seats are limited. Registration closes June 10. For best rate, register by June 3.

All participants will receive: 

  • Full set of The Third Quest 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

Your support and encouragement of staff as they implement interventions for high risk readers goes a long way in 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. Click here for details.

To use a purchase order: Please download and complete page 2 of this registration form, then email to or fax to 541.345.1507.


  • Marilyn Sprick
  • Ann Watanabe


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
  • View videos
  • Discuss implementation issues
  • Generate questions
  • Break into small groups via chat rooms to practice delivering instruction
  • 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)


Third Quest registrants can join Parallel Universe training on June 18 for no additional charge. Parallel Universe training runs from 12 pm PT to 2:30 pm PT. Please select this option at checkout or on your registration form so that we can send the needed materials.


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. Let us know if you don’t receive a link.
  • 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 shipped to arrive by June 13, 2024. Please let us know if your materials don’t arrive by then.
  • Registration from outside the United States closes on May 28, 2024. Register by June 3, 2024 for best rate. Registration closes June 10, 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.