Video Courses

Reading Fluency

IACET Accredited
0.3 CEUs 2.5 Training Hours

Developed with Expert Contributor, Dr. Laura Rhinehart of University California, Los Angeles. The purpose of this course is for teachers and leaders to build knowledge and capacity around reading fluency including assessment, instruction, and progress monitoring. The course further equips participants with the necessary strategy and skills to visualize what effective reading fluency instruction looks like and how to practically provide effective reading fluency instruction.

100% Free
Time to complete
Provides a
Certificate of Training
Recommended for
  • K-3 Educators
  • Nonprofit staff and Volunteers
By the End of This Course You’ll Be Able To
  • Define fluency and distinguish between the three components of reading fluency.
  • Explain why reading fluency is important and conceptualize it within the process of reading.
  • Identify how various mechanics in the reading process contribute to fluent reading.
  • Address misconceptions around fluency assessment and will be equipped to assess reading fluency in their own settings.
  • Understand the types of activities involved for building fluency and be able to determine which activities meet the needs of learners in their classroom.
Why It Matters

The most recent report from our National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP, 2019) showed that nationwide 66% of our 4th students scored below proficient in reading. The highest performing state showed 55% below proficiency. We know from decades of research how students learn to read, how to assess to identify those at risk, and what and how to teach so that the majority of our students can be successful.

How it Works

  • Learn at Your Own Pace

    You don’t have to finish the course all in one sitting. In fact, we recommend you take this course a little bit at a time, incorporating what you’ve learned in the classroom.

  • Earn IACET CEUs

    In order to pass and receive IACET CEUs for this course, you will first need to complete all the lessons, then complete the end of course assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

  • Free Guided Resources

    As you go through a course, we’ll introduce you to free resources that will help you implement what you’re learning.

  • Never Learn Alone

    Have a question on what you’re learning in the course or how to use a resource? Reach out to the Cox Campus community for advice or to lend a helping hand to others.


  1. Lesson 1

    Introduction to Reading Fluency

     Duration 19  minutes
    In this lesson, you will learn how to define fluency and understand the three major components.
  2. Lesson 2

    Fluency and Reading Development

     Duration 14  minutes
    In this lesson, you will understand why reading fluency is important and conceptualize it within the reading process as a whole.
  3. Lesson 3

    Fluency Subskills

     Duration 31  minutes
    In this lesson, you will identify the subskills that contribute to fluent reading and explain why fluency is more complex than the three major components in the definition.
  4. Lesson 4

    Assessing Reading Fluency

     Duration 16  minutes
    In this lesson, you will understand misconceptions around fluency assessment and will be equipped to assess reading fluency in your own settings.
  5. Lesson 5

    Building a Foundation for Fluency

     Duration 37  minutes
    In this lesson, you will learn about fluency instruction and understand the types of activities involved for building fluency in the classroom.
  6. Lesson 6

    Fluency End of Course Assessment

     Duration 16  minutes

Your Facilitator

Nathan Thompson
Rollins Birth Through Five Facilitator
Nathan is a facilitator for the Rollins Center. He is provides on line coaching through Cox Campus. He has been in the Early Education field for over 20 years. He has spent time as a Teacher, Curriculum Coordinator, Director, and a Quality Rated Assessor/Reviewer for the state of Georgia. He is also a proud board member of GAEYC.

Success Stories

  • "I get excited with teachers when we observe students using Tier 2 words spontaneously in their conversations."
    Pre-K Coach, Consultant, & Speech-Language Pathologist
  • "I have learned so much to take back to my classroom. I’m using these learning experiences to help strengthen the language of each child and I see a difference each day in the children’s language."
  • "I enjoy learning new ways to interact with children and to help them become the best they can be and be able to succeed in life to the fullest."


The Cox Campus is the digital outreach platform for the Rollins Center for Language & Literacy. Our team is composed of experienced teachers, early learning and language experts, neuroscientists, school leaders, speech language pathologists and authorities in adult learning and curriculum design to give all children access to the Science of Reading to change the odds for all children.

The Rollins Center, of the Atlanta Speech School, in some cases, may allow an instructor, facilitator, content editor or a subject matter expert or consultant with proprietary interests to conduct professional development activities at Rollins events, provided that appropriate disclosure of such interest is made. Disclosure of proprietary interest will be made on course material and at the beginning of the course/learning event, when applicable.