Publications by Dr. Deborah Glaser

Next STEPS in Literacy Instruction: Connecting Assessments to Effective Interventions.

Next STEPS is a learning tool and guiding resource for schools that use Data-based Decision Making or more specifically Formative Assessments – or for those who are dedicated to taking reading instruction to the next steps necessary for prevention of reading difficulties and the remediation of our struggling readers.


Next STEPS is designed to help teachers learn better how to teach

and it provides clear direction for what to teach so that they reach more students. Preparation for small-group reading intervention is enhanced by the clever and powerful lesson design included in STEPS:

  1. Set-Up. Review and warm-Up.
  2. Teach. Model and explicit teaching.
  3. Engage. Practice with feedback.
  4. Practice Activity. Practice skill through activity.
  5. Show You Know. Monitor Progress.
Next STEPS is for teachers who want to:
  • Implement scientifically (or evidence) based reading assessments to identify and monitor at-risk students
  • Use data to create small instructional reading groups
  • Make data-informed interventions when necessary to obtain highest levels of early reading achievement
  • Teach reading based on the latest research findings
  • Learn how to teach reading using effective teaching methods
Feedback from Next STEPS book and trainings:

I purchased your newest book—Next Steps in Instruction—and just finished reading and marking it up (!).  It is a great book!! I appreciate how clearly everything is explained. I also like the format of taking the five components, discussing them, and then giving  examples of activities. This is a piece teachers always ask for—what will it LOOK like in my classroom. It’s nice to have that all contained and ready to use in one place. ~ Regional Reading Coach

I’m glad I had the opportunity to participate in Deb’s class.  Her wonderful ideas and enthusiasm for teaching literacy have made me excited to start my next year of teaching. ~ Kindergarten teacher

Thank you so much!  I am really looking forward to using your ideas!  You have helped me more than you could know.

I left Next STEPS reenergized about teaching literacy in my classroom.  I am excited to put what I learned into practice.

ParaReading: A Training Guide for Tutors

This carefully designed training program resulted from my dissertation work. It was designed to provide the most critical knowledge and teaching tools for tutors and para-educators to give them the preparation and confidence they need. ParaReading, a LETRS Supplemental Module, prepares paraprofessionals for the increasing demands placed on them in today’s schools.

ParaReading increases the effectiveness of reading tutors while grounding them in a proven, research-based system of teaching. A scripted training manual with power point and participant’s text are available.


Feedback from ParaReading trainings

Excellent ideas, materials. Tons of useful information that was well explained and tied into why it is important.

This class completely prepares you to go into the classroom and teach children – from the bottom up!

I feel like a really know something now about how better to help my kids.

You did a great job!!! We keep saying that ParaReading is well-written and well-laid out. Very user friendly!!

LETRS© Foundations in Language and Literacy

LETRS© Foundations introduces educators to the concepts and practices supported by reading science. It also prepares teachers for the more rigorous, in-depth modules of the overall LETRS© professional development program.

Crafted for the adult learner, this module addresses the differences between good and poor readers; aspects of language that are important for literacy; the components of effective instruction; principles of systematic, explicit instruction in each component; and instructional activities that support and improve the implementation of any comprehensive core program.

LETRS Foundations is full of engaging activities, exercises for practice and review, and explicit connections to the classroom. Selected videos from Teaching Reading Essentials reinforce and support the lessons in the program.


Feedback from Foundations Trainings:

This course was very useful to me because I was able to learn items that hadn’t been taught in previous classes that I have already taken.

I want to thank you for an engaging three days workshop. It was good to review many things and learn some new tricks, and teaching  strategies. It is never easy to do workshops but you did wonderful. (Obviously you have had practice!!!!!!!!)

Clearly oral language matters! Did you just LOVE Deb Glaser’s cheers! I welcome the 7 word response rule, the “I say-We say”, and extending activities.

We are doing a massive training here. We are doing LETRS Foundations for over 4300 teachers in the state. It is magnificent. The teachers are soaking it up and eagerly running back to their classrooms to implement what they’ve learned.

Reading Fluency:  Understanding and Teaching this Complex Skill


Dr. Jan Hasbrouck and I decided to write this book to help shed light on many misunderstandings about reading fluency. The book is designed to accompany school-wide training but is also useful for any teacher wanting to know more about what reading fluency really is, how to assess it, and how to provide skill instruction to improve fluency.


This is a practical and hands-on book from which teachers will glean insight into their students’ developing reading skills and learn effective practices for whole group, small group, and individual instruction.

Please direct training inquiries to Dr. Jan Hasbrouck: or to me through the contact option on this website.