District and 
School Leaders

School leaders are key to the literacy achievement of all students. Get support in developing a literacy model that inspires educators and students.

Literacy Coaches 
and Teacher Leaders

Train to become a literacy coach/teacher leader and support your colleagues in teaching literacy. Build a strong understanding of instructional coherence in literacy and develop the capacity to support and facilitate the continuous professional growth of your colleagues in teaching literacy.

Classroom Teachers, 
Interventionists 
and Specialists

Experienced and informed teaching is important to students’ literacy success. Our offerings help you guide your students in meeting and exceeding the state standards in English Language Arts.

Over 30 Years of Academic Excellence in Literacy Learning

The Center for Reading Recovery & Literacy Collaborative at Lesley University has been engaged in thirty years of innovative, research-based, system-wide educational improvement efforts. We are focused on a single mission—to ensure that every child has the opportunity to live a literate life. 

Under the leadership of our founder Irene Fountas, we have been working with educators in school systems to improve children’s literacy.

30 Years

of experience improving
childhood literacy

50,000+

educators served from
across the nation and
around the world

Millions

of children’s lives
improved through literacy

October 4, 2022 Wendy Vaulton, Associate Director for Reading Recovery and Early Interventions

A is for Assessment: Considerations for linking assessment and instruction

Educational researcher Rachael Gabriel notes that a truly scientific approach to reading would acknowledge that “each student will require different kinds and degrees of support for component skills and the many processes of literacy” (Gabriel, 2021). But how do we uncover the kinds and degrees of support that will be most effective for individual students? Our best shot starts with assessment that is authentic, asset-based, actionable, and anti-racist. Think of these characteristics as a framework, wherein each facet supports the other in the development of responsive teaching.

September 14, 2022 Maria Nichols, Author & Consultant

Engaging Hearts and Minds Through Purposeful Talk

Create conditions and supports for engaging hearts and minds in ways that build depth of meaning making, compassion, and critical process for all students, including our youngest learners.

September 2, 2022 Cindy Downend, Associate Director of Literacy Programs

Focus on Phonics: Five Tips for a Successful Beginning with Phonics, Spelling and Word Study Lessons

Daily systematic explicit phonics instruction is essential for students to learn how to read effectively. Consider these five pointers for organizing your time and materials from the Fountas & Pinnell Phonics, Spelling, and Word Study Systems.