Our faculty members can provide professional development to group of educators right in your school or district.
We provide a variety of literacy professional development workshops, institutes, and courses PreK–8, for groups of literacy coaches, teachers, and administrators, right in your school or district. Noncredit and graduate credit options are available.
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This intensive (10 days plus 16 hours online) professional development helps you to improve teacher expertise and student achievement in their school. Developed by Irene Fountas and faculty, this training supports literacy coaches in all aspects of their role. We will identify the critical attributes of a healthy, professional learning community for adult learners, and how to build it for your school in collaboration with administrators.
Number of Days: 10 in-person days and 8, 2-hour webinarsParticipant Range: 25-50Per Person, Noncredit Fee: $2,950 (Graduate credit available with additional fees)Back to Top
This institute is intended for school administrators and faculty members interested in learning more about working as a leadership team around effective programs as well as schools and districts interested in implementing a research-based model, such as Literacy Collaborative. The institute is separated by grade level - Primary (K-2) or Intermediate/Middle School (3-8). Outcomes include:
Number of Days: 5Team Minimum: 10Per Team Fee: $5,000 per team of 6, $800 for each additional team memberBack to Top
Taught by Irene Fountas and Cindy Downend, this 4-day seminar is designed for school leaders and focuses on the roles of effective teaching, student assessment, coaching, supervision, and improving student achievement in reading and writing. 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, reading workshop, writing workshop, guided writing, interactive writing, and phonics/word study. You will observe and analyze videotaped teaching, and learn how to use language that supports teacher development.
Number of Days: 4Participant Range: 50-100Per Person Fee: $2,250 (includes all books and materials)Back to Top
This 2-day offering provides professional development on how to administer, score, and analyze the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System 1 or 2. Through demonstration, guided practice, and discussion, you will learn how to:
Number of Days: 2Flat Rate: $6,000Participant Maximum: 25Back to Top
This institute is divided into 2 days on writing and 2 days on reading. Topics for the reading portion include: observing readers, exploring the development of reading across the grades, analyzing children's reading behaviors, and working with readers through whole-group, small-group, and individualized teaching. We will focus on reading contexts, including interactive read-aloud, shared and modeled reading, reading minilessons, Guided Reading, and literature circles. During the writing portion, we will cover analyzing students' work and supporting students' writing development from emergent to self-extending. We will focus on writing for different purposes and audiences across the year. Activities will include: working with children's writing samples, concrete strategies, models and skills for organizing ideas, writing, revising, and editing for fiction and nonfiction pieces.
Number of Days: 4Participant Range: 50-100Per Person Noncredit Fee: $695 professional texts not included or $795 professional texts are includedBack to Top
This 5-day course will take an in-depth look at how to use Guided Reading in the K-2 classroom. The course includes how to assess children, select leveled books, group students dynamically, and teach effective Guided Reading lessons in the primary classroom. It also addresses how to design and organize the learning environment to engage students in managed independent learning.
Number of Days: 5Participant Range: 25-35Per Person Noncredit Fee: $795 (Graduate credit option available with additional fees)Back to Top
This 5-day course will build your understanding of the reading process, changes in students' reading development over time, and effective small-group instructional practice. You will learn how to guide students thinking within, about, and beyond the text in the context of small, Guided Reading groups. You will develop an understanding of a gradient of texts and matching books to readers for powerful instruction. The essential elements of Guided Reading instruction will be addressed. The course will help you understand how to assess students, form flexible Guided Reading groups, select appropriate texts, and plan Guided Reading lessons for effective instruction.
This 2-day workshop immerses teachers in a 6-step inquiry process for learning how to study genre by using folktales as a genre example. The genre study inquiry process begins with a text set of interactive read alouds and culminates in a series of minilessons that dig deep into key understandings of the genre. After experiencing the process, you will learn how to plan for and teach your students to notice and define the characteristics of any genre through inquiry. Understanding genres will help children become more competent readers who meet and exceed the expectations of the Common Core State Standards.
Number of Days: 2Participant Maximum: 25Flat Fee: $6,000Back to Top
This 2-day workshop immerses teachers in a 6-step inquiry process for learning how to study genre by using historical fiction or biography as a genre example. The genre study inquiry process begins with a text set of interactive read alouds and culminates in a series of minilessons that dig deep into key understandings of the genre. After experiencing the process, you will learn how to plan for and teach your students to notice and define the characteristics of any genre through
inquiry. Understanding genres will help children become more competent readers who meet and exceed the expectations of the Common Core State Standards.
In this two-day introductory workshop, participants learn the structure of the readers’ workshop and the opportunities it offers to scaffold student learning through whole group, small group, and individual learning experiences. Teachers learn how to design minilessons using assessment data and The Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum to meet the needs of their readers. They consider how to design literacy centers (work stations) that support the independent practice of authentic reading, writing, and word study. Other topics include the role of independent reading, writing about reading, and whole group share in providing opportunities for active student engagement.
In this two-day introductory workshop, participants learn the structure of the readers’ workshop and the opportunities it offers to scaffold student learning through whole group, small group, and individual learning experiences. Teachers learn how to plan minilessons focused on literacy content, strategic actions for processing texts, and classroom management, using The Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum and student assessment data. Other topics include conferring in the readers’ workshop, responding to reading through talk and writing, and building a community of active, engaged readers.
This 2-day training is designed for teachers working in grades K-2. The complexities of the writing process as well as the design of the writers' workshop will be addressed. Hands-on activities to investigate the power of whole-class minilessons, individual conferring, and whole-class sharing of writing in supporting young writers in building a writing process will be included.
This 2-day professional development opportunity will introduce to teaching in a writing workshop framework using minilessons to focus on instruction around procedures, the writing process, and the study of craft and conventions. The importance of student-initiated independent writing, conferring, and the use of the writer's notebook as a central tool for the workshop will be included.
During 6 days of professional development, you are introduced to this supplementary intervention system designed to help teachers provide powerful, daily small-group instruction for struggling readers and writers using the Leveled Literacy Intervention Systems (Heinemann). Primary students in LLI participate in 30-minute, intensive lessons 5 days per week that combine reading, writing, and phonics/word study. LLI K-2 uses specially-created and sequenced set of original children's books, leveled A-N. Teachers use planned lessons that enable them to do highly effective and efficient teaching, resulting in accelerated student progress.
Teachers need to be teaching and using LLI Systems. You must be able to work with at least 1 group of 3 students, 5 days a week, for 18 weeks, as well as attend all 6 days of training.
Number of Days: 6Participant Range: 25-35Per Person Noncredit Fee: $2,100 (Graduate credit option available with additional fees)Back to Top
In this 6-day training, you will learn rationales and procedures for high-impact lessons that engage students' attention and thinking and help them read increasingly challenging text levels successfully. Three types of lessons - standard, novel, and test preparation - are used at each level to help students improve comprehension, vocabulary, fluency, and word solving strategies. Based on the essential elements of effective interventions for older students as described in the effectiveness research, the LLI System (Heinemann) provides a systematic instructional design that helps intermediate, middle school, and secondary students make accelerated progress to meet grade level expectations.
Teachers need to be teaching and using LLI Systems. To attend this training, you must be able to work with at least 1 group of 3 students, 5 days a week, for 18 weeks, as well as attend all 6 days of training.
Number of Days: 6Participant Range: 25-35Per Person Fee: $2,100Back to Top
This 3-day training will support teachers working in pre-kindergarten in deepening their understandings around developing a child-centered, language-rich classroom. Topics include: developmentally appropriate practice, the role of dramatic play, the role of oral language, language and word play, learning about letters and sounds, shared reading, interactive read-aloud, and nurturing young writers.
Number of Days: 3Participant Maximum: 25Flat Fee: $9,000Back to Top
This 5-day course offers you the opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the role of phonics in learning how to read and write. The course features:
This 3-day training is designed for all teachers who work with grade K-3 students who find literacy learning difficult (students reading text levels A-N). The text, When Readers Struggle: Teaching That Works, K-3 and The Literacy Continuum by Fountas and Pinnell, is required for this training. Topics include:
This course examines the rationales and theories underpinning the teaching of phonics, spelling, and vocabulary in an authentic literacy classroom for grades 3-8. You will investigate essential categories of learning and consider ways in which word study fits into a broader language and literacy framework. You will analyze teaching and engage in inquiry that will deepen your understanding of how words work and serve as a set of instructional practices for effective teaching of a range of students.
Literacy Professional Development in Cambridge
Literacy for All Conference, R.I.
On-Site Literacy Professional Development at Your School
Online Literacy Courses K-8
Graduate Certificate (Online)
Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) K–2
Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) 3–12
Building School Leadership
School Leaders Seminar
Literacy Leadership Team Institute
Guided Reading Resources
Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative
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