Irene Fountas, literacy expert and author, directs the Center’s professional learning opportunities. These offerings enhance teacher expertise and result in improved student achievement. Educators gain current perspectives on effective literacy instruction.

Through our professional development, we will guide you in helping your students meet and exceed state standards in English Language Arts. We offer literacy professional development in Cambridge, MA, in your school district, and online.

Priority Partner Vendor

We are proud to be approved as a pre-qualified Priority Partner vendor by the State of Massachusetts in four categories:

  • Priority Partner for Turnaround
    Category 1: Leadership, Shared Responsibility,
    and Professional Collaboration
    Category 2: High-Quality Core Instruction
  • Targeted Assistance Provider
    School-Based Category 1: Leadership, Shared Responsibility, and Professional Collaboration
    School Based Category 2: High-Quality Core Instruction
Literacy for All

October 28–30, 2018

The annual Literacy for All Conference is the Northeast region's leading literacy professional development event for teachers, administrators, literacy coaches, reading specialists, and educators trained in Reading Recovery — an early intervention for first-grade students who struggle in reading.

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School Leadership and Teams

School leaders are key to the successful literacy achievement of all students. We offer two professional development opportunities related to leadership and teams and to support your work in developing a literacy model that inspires the educators and students.

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Literacy Coaching and Teacher Leadership

Invest in teacher expertise through teacher leadership and coaching. Our Center offers opportunities around literacy coaching and teacher leaders.

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Reading Recovery and Intervention

Reading Recovery and Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) are an effective short-term intervention for students who find reading and writing difficult. 

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Teaching Reading and Writing

Experienced and informed teaching is important to students' literacy success. Our offerings can help you guide your students in meeting and exceeding the state standards in English Language Arts. We offer many different professional development opportunities to expand your expertise around the teaching of reading and writing.

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Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study

Students learn about the relationships of letters to sounds as well as the structure and meaning of words to help them in reading and spelling. You'll learn the role that phonics, phonological awareness, vocabulary, spelling, and word study instruction play in learning to read and write.

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Literacy Assessment

We offer two professional development opportunities around the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment Systems on-site in your district to dig deep into the Systems as you use them to assess your student's reading level.

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Online Literacy Courses, Grades K–8

We offer online courses that are designed to help educators expand their understandings of a literacy teaching framework. Online courses can be taken individually or part of a graduate certificate program.

Individual online courses / Graduate certificate

If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative.