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The Literacy Collaborative Partnership provides a long-term, coherent approach to literacy teaching and learning.

Ensure positive literacy outcomes for every child in every classroom by partnering with Literacy Collaborative.

Literacy Collaborative is a systemic approach for literacy improvement that brings educators together to continually refine their collective work on behalf of all students. This research based model builds the capacity of school literacy coaches, teacher leaders, administrators, and leadership teams to guide and facilitate ongoing, job embedded professional learning in their schools.

Literacy Collaborative schools and their university partner work together to achieve a common goal—that every child grows up literate.

What are the goals of the Literacy Collaborative partnership?

When schools partner with Literacy Collaborative at Lesley University, they work toward implementing 7 elements of a systems design that includes: 

  • Creating a shared vision for literacy learning; 
  • Taking collective ownership of student outcomes;
  • Committing to teamwork and shared leadership; 
  • Utilizing a set of research-based instructional practices to equitably address the strengths and needs of all literacy learners; 
  • Using student data to inform decision making, document growth over time, and reflect on the effectiveness of teaching and learning; 
  • Participating in a variety of job-embedded professional learning and coaching; and 
  • Working in partnership with families and community members.

Literacy Collaborative is about strengthening school culture and getting everyone on the same page about the most effective ways of teaching reading and writing—from school leadership and literacy coaches to the classroom teachers.

Wondering if Literacy Collaborative is right for your school? Schedule a free consultation with one of our faculty trainers.

Literacy Collaborative Effectiveness

The results of Literacy Collaborative have been demonstrated in multiple independent research studies. Schools that train in Literacy Collaborative find that teacher quality improves, school cultures shift, and most importantly, student learning accelerates.

A federally funded study found that after three years of implementation, students learning accelerated by 32%. Another study found that instructional quality in Literacy Collaborative schools improves at a rapid rate and is significantly higher after 18 months than in similar comparison classrooms without Literacy Collaborative.

Training Overview

The highly trained literacy coach/teacher leader is central to the Literacy Collaborative model. The teacher leader/coach facilitates a variety of professional learning and coaching experiences for their colleagues: individually, in small groups, and as a large group and works in partnership with the school leader to address essential elements in the system that contribute to improved student outcomes. 

Literacy coaches/teacher leaders engage in extended professional learning experiences with Lesley faculty through a combination of on campus and online learning. They expand their understandings of literacy teaching and learning and develop skills as staff developers, learning how to work effectively with the school leader to increase the professional expertise and teamwork of the educators in the school. 

The coursework combines the theoretical with the practical. Candidates have immediate opportunities to apply what they are learning—both teaching children and providing support to colleagues.

Training includes two intensive weeks with Lesley University faculty (one in summer, one in winter) and bimonthly job-embedded learning to include virtual coursework time followed by practical application in the student classroom and a debriefing of new understandings.

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School Affiliation/Partnership Benefits

Literacy Collaborative schools are part of a vibrant professional learning network focused on strengthening school culture and helping educators develop common understandings about how to teach reading, writing, and word solving. Our network is continually refining its approach through research and ongoing feedback and communication.

Affiliated Literacy Collaborative schools also enjoy a range of partnership benefits. Faculty liaisons provide ongoing support and consultation to help schools achieve their goals. Coaches, teacher leaders, and administrators are invited to attend a week of annual ongoing professional development with Lesley University faculty. All affiliated schools have access to a full time, doctoral level researcher for data and research consultation.

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Wondering if Literacy Collaborative is right for your school? Schedule a free consultation with one of our faculty trainers.

“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 C. Fountas, Director, Lesley University Center for Reading Recovery & Literacy Collaborative

“The activity that pushed my thinking the most was observing the pre-conference and post-conference videos. The structure of stopping the video mid-stream to talk about the doors we could have taken, coaching moves, and language to try out pushed my knowledge and proficiency around coaching.”

Lynni Nordheim, Literacy Coach

“The three instructors were knowledgeable, but approachable and funny. I think this group of students is also a wonderful cohort to take this journey with this year. The amount of information available and shared (i.e. books) was extremely valuable to my upcoming practice in the classroom.”

Tara Venuti, Reading Specialist, Concord Public Schools, Massachusetts