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December 31, 2024 @ 8:00 am 5:00 pm

Customized Literacy Professional Development

Customized Professional Learning

Our expertise, tailor-made for you.

The Center for Reading Recovery & Literacy Collaborative faculty can deliver several workshops, trainings, and institutes for a group of educators in your school or district, in-person or virtually.

Our Center focuses on the work of Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell in literacy professional development, primarily in grades PreK–8. We work with groups of literacy coaches, classroom teachers, and administrators.

Number of Days:
Varies; customized packages available for short or long-term learning
Grade Levels:
  • District & School Leaders
  • Classroom Teachers, Interventionists, & Specialists
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
  • Others in your school or district
On-Site at Your School and/or Virtual
What We Offer
Fees & Policies
Training Structure
Popular Requests

We offer tailor made packages for short-term and long-term learning that include, but are not limited to:

  • Making a plan
  • Consultations for problem-solving
  • Half-day and full-day professional learning sessions
  • Multi-day professional learning series
  • Job-embedded coaching and audits

All packages include an initial planning call with Lesley University, debrief meeting for future planning, and a summary report of evaluations.

Policies About Fees & Participation

  • Fees are determined by the number of participants and the duration of the training. 
  • If the number of participants exceeds the maximum, another trainer may be needed. This will increase training cost. 
  • Travel expenses for each trainer (airfare, car rental, tolls, parking, ground transportation, lodging, and meals) are an additional cost to be paid by the district. 
  • On-site professional learning that requires extensive travel or overnight stays will require an additional surcharge. 
  • The school/district will be asked to provide a complete list of attendees to the Center Team to share communications and track attendance.
  • Graduate credit is available for specific trainings and includes a separate fee and registration process.
  • If applicable, school districts in the same geographic area may combine their resources to meet participant minimums for a training. Payment must be on one district’s purchase order. 

Policies About Professional Texts & Materials

  • Fees do not include the cost of any required professional texts or materials, unless otherwise specified. The faculty trainer and the district will select the texts/materials based on the topics and the district’s needs.
  • There may be additional electronic materials that require printing. Participants must be able to print necessary handouts at home/school. The Center Team will provide these electronic materials ahead of time. 


Professional learning can be delivered on-site at your school or virtually/online.

Virtual Professional Learning Structure

  • One full day of virtual professional learning equals two half-day virtual sessions (2-2.5 hours).
  • Exact timing is determined by the school/district and Center team for all in-person and virtual requests.

Virtual Learning Platform

  • The virtual platforms used for virtual trainings are either the university’s online meeting tool, Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, or Zoom.
  • The Center Team will provide information about how to access the platform within one to two weeks before the training. The school/district point-person will relay this information to the participants, unless otherwise specified.


Our ultimate goal is to start a conversation with you and design a customized solution that suits your specific needs.

Alternatively, we can deliver any of our regular trainings in your school district, for a group of educators. Some of the more popular requests include:

District and School Leaders

  • Leading for Literacy: A professional development training for school principals and administrators on supporting literacy teaching in grades K-6.
  • Literacy Leadership Team Institute: An institute for school leadership teams where we’ll work together to create effective literacy programs.

Literacy Coaches and Teacher Leaders

  • The Effective Literacy Coaching Training: A 10-day training that will help you understand your role as a literacy coach and prepare you to coach teachers at your school.
  • Teacher Leaders for Literacy: A 10-day training for teacher leaders and coaches who want to expand their knowledge on reading and writing instruction to help their colleagues.

Classroom Teachers, Interventionists, and Specialists

  • Benchmark Assessment Systems 1 & 2 Seminar: A 2-day literacy assessment training for groups of K-2 or grades 3-8 teachers.
  • Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) Training: Learn how to give small-group, supplementary literacy intervention to boost literacy for the lowest-achieving students in grades K-2 or grades 3-8.
  • The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum Institute: A 4-day institute for teachers where you’ll learn how to use The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum as a resource to teach reading and writing in grades K–2 or 3–8.
  • Introduction to Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™: This training introduces the system of teaching students that creates authentic experiences in reading, thinking, talking, writing, and reflecting and is customized to meet the needs of your school.
  • Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching: A graduate course for teachers and literacy educators on how to plan and teach effective Guided Reading lessons in grades K-2 or grades 3-8.
  • Introduction to Genre Study: A 2-day workshop for grades K-2 or 3-8 teachers on how to study genre in their classrooms.
  • Introduction to Teaching in a Readers’ Workshop: A 2-day introductory training where you’ll learn how to create and facilitate readers’ workshops to create a community of active, engaged readers.
  • Introduction to Teaching in a Writers’ Workshop: A 2-day introductory training where you’ll learn how to create and facilitate writers’ workshops to create a community of active, engaged readers.
  • Literacy Beginnings—A Pre-Kindergarten Continuum to Guide Teaching: A 3-day training on literacy teaching for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten teachers.
  • Word Study—Teaching Phonics, Vocabulary, and Spelling: A graduate course for teachers on the role that phonics, phonological awareness, vocabulary, spelling, and word study play in learning to read and write in grades K-3 or grades 3-8.
  • When Readers Struggle—Teaching that Works: A 3-day training for teachers who work with young students who find reading and writing difficult.

We can design customized literacy professional development solutions for your school or school district.

“Thank you for your expertise. You are amazing in that you have an incredible depth and knowledge of coaching developing teachers. You’re able to come down to the level of the beginning coach and lead them along the development path. Thank you for your patience and ability to listen without judgment.”

Pauline Brackett, Reading Specialist, Keene, NH