Taught by Irene Fountas and Cindy Downend, this seminar designed for principals and literacy leaders examines the roles of effective teaching, systematic assessment, literacy coaching, and supervision in improving student achievement in reading and writing.
Dates for Summer 2015: August 10-13, 2015
In our School Leaders Seminar, What Every School Leader Needs to Know About Good Literacy Teaching and Effective Literacy Coaching, you will have the opportunity to learn how to use observational tools to
examine the classroom environment and understand best teaching
practices. Develop a sound foundation of literacy theory, assessment,
and practices such as guided reading, literature study groups, readers'
workshop, writers' workshop, guided writing, interactive writing, genre
study, and word study. You will observe
and analyze videotaped teaching, and learn how to use language that
supports teacher development. Earn 24 hours of literacy professional development.
Irene Fountas is a professor in the Lesley University School of Education in Cambridge, MA where she directs research-based literacy projects. She has been a classroom teacher, language arts specialist, literacy coach and consultant in school districts across the nation and abroad and has received numerous awards for her contributions in literacy. She is the
co-author with Gay Su Pinnell of several books, including The Continuum
of Literacy Learning, PreK–8 and The Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark
Assessment System, K–2 and 3–8.
Cindy Downend is a faculty member at the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative with over 20 years of educational experience as a
classroom teacher and Reading Recovery teacher. She has also held many
leadership roles in a variety of diverse settings including school
districts in Florida and Minnesota.
The Effective Literacy Coach Training
Guided Reading Introduction - Grades 3-8
Leveled Literacy Intervention Training
Phonics, Spelling, and Vocabulary in the Reading/Writing Classroom
Summer Literacy Institute
School Leaders Seminar
Full List of Literacy Professional Development in Cambridge
Off-Campus or Online Offerings
On-Site Literacy Professional Development at Your School
Online Literacy Courses K-8
Graduate Certificate in Developing Systematic Language and Literacy Expertise K-8 (Online)
Literacy for All Conference
Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative
Guided Reading in a Primary Classroom
Guided Reading in an Intermediate or Middle Classroom
Research and Outcomes
Melissa Fasten, Project Manager
"Though we have seen a variety of approaches to instruction and arguments about content over the years, the key role of teacher expertise in schools must be at the forefront of systemic change if we are serious about educating every child." -Irene Fountas, Author, Professor, and Director of the Lesley University Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative
Read what administrators in the Sandwich Public Schools on Cape Cod have to say about teacher expertise in their district gained through their work with the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative.
This event will take place on campus:
Lesley UniversityUniversity Hall1815 Massachusetts AvenueCambridge, MA 02140
University Hall is closest to the MBTA Red Line Porter Square stop.
Due to Lesley's urban location and limited parking, we recommend that you take public transportation to get here. If driving is better for you, here are some resources:
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