Building Strong Readers: An Introduction to UFLI Foundations


August 23, 2023
2:00pm – 3:30pm

Target Audience

Educators, Administrators, SLPs, OTs, PTs, & Family Members


Registration is mandatory.
Registration Deadline: August 23, 2023
Limited to the first 150 participants.

Training Description

This session will provide an introduction to UFLI Foundations, an explicit and systematic program developed by the University of Florida Literacy Institute (UFLI). UFLI Foundations is structured to introduce students to the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for proficient reading. The program follows a scope and sequence designed to ensure that students systematically acquire skills and learn to apply these skills with automaticity and confidence.  

About the Presenters

Dr. Holly Lane is the Irving and Rose Fien Professor of Education at the University of Florida and Director of the University of Florida Literacy Institute (UFLI). Her research focuses on the prevention of reading difficulties through effective early literacy instruction, the remediation of literacy skills for students with dyslexia, and methods for helping preservice and practicing teachers develop the knowledge and skills they need to be effective reading teachers and interventionists. Dr. Lane has directed many grants to support reading research and the development of teachers and researchers. She is also the author of numerous publications related to literacy, including UFLI Foundations: An Explicit and Systematic Phonics Program.

Dr. Valentina Contesse is a clinical assistant professor of special education in the School of Special Education, School Psychology, and Early Childhood Studies at the University of Florida (UF). Dr. Contesse is a faculty member at the University of Florida Literacy Institute (UFLI) and is the co-author of UFLI Foundations: An Explicit and Systematic Phonics Program. Her research focuses on early literacy instruction and intervention, teacher preparation and training in reading, and the effects of performance feedback on the implementation of evidence-based instructional practices. Dr. Contesse teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in various UF teacher preparation programs and coordinates professional development for practicing teachers focused on evidence-based reading instruction.

Training Objectives

1. Participants will learn about effective methods for reading instruction targeting foundational reading skills.

2. Participants will learn about the key features of the UFLI Foundations program.

3. Participants will learn about UFLI Foundations lesson plans and resources to support implementation. 


We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. To request accommodations or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Dr. Danielle Liso at 352-265-2241 or


Danielle Liso

Inservice Points

Be sure to contact your ESE District Staff or Staff Development Contact to determine the process for receiving in-service.

Additional Information

Regional Trainings are hosted by the Center for Autism and Related Disabilities, through the Partnership for Effective Programs for Students with Autism (PEPSA), a program funded by the State of Florida, Department of Education, K-12 Public Schools, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, through federal assistance under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B.