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October 11 @ 10:00 am October 13 @ 2:30 pm

Teaching Writing Across the Year: Personal Coaching Support for Your Instruction

Level up instruction through professional learning and virtual coaching support across the school year.

Join a cohort of teachers and Center faculty to learn how to implement a yearlong writing curriculum. Get ongoing, yearlong support through virtual coaching and short biweekly cohort sessions tailored to support your teaching of writing.

You will become a better writing teacher with continuous support for planning, implementing, and evaluating writing in your classroom.

October 2023– May 2024 (Virtual Schedule Below)
Grade Levels:
Literacy Teaching
  • Classroom Teachers & Interventionists
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
Non-credit; graduate credit available
  • $1,495 + cost of the required Writing Minilessons Book in one grade level (K, 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5)
  • $1,595 (includes the Writing Minilessons Book)
  • Additional fees for graduate credit
  • Literacy Collaborative Affiliation Discount available
Course Description & Outcomes
Virtual Schedule
Requirements & Graduate Credit Option

Become a better teacher of writing this year! Join our virtual cohort and have the support of our team for the teaching of writing in your classroom every day. Use your school’s writing curriculum or use the yearlong complete lessons we will provide for your grade level (The Writing Minilessons Book: Your Everyday Guide for Literacy Teaching, Grades K- 5) as your writing curriculum or as a supplement to your current writing curriculum.

Accelerate your students’ writing by leveling up your teaching!


  • October 11-13, 2023: Three days of professional learning to launch your program of instruction
  • October 2023 – May 2024: Monthly 1-hour meetups for planning, mentoring, coaching, and problem-solving support


  • Scheduling and planning writing time
  • Getting started with structured writing
  • Utilizing whole group, small group, and individualized instruction to meet every student’s needs
  • Managing the writing classroom
  • Establishing independent writing and building writing stamina
  • Assessing and evaluating children’s writing
  • Maximizing the use of mentor texts to teach children how to read like writers
  • Teaching children to utilize elements of craft in their writing
  • Refining children’s use of writing conventions
  • Supporting children’s understanding of the writing process
  • Working with children who find writing difficult
  • Targeting instruction to build on the strengths and needs of multilingual students
  • Helping children develop positive writing identities and gain confidence as writers
  • Using interactive and shared writing in the primary grades to build children’s understandings of craft, conventions, and the writing process
  • Using writers’ notebooks to power up writing in grades 2 – 5

Benefits of Participation:

  • Convenient, timely teaching support for a whole year!
  • Yearlong access to a highly experienced coaching team with expertise in the teaching of writing
  • Membership in a network of professionals committed to improving writing instruction
  • Opportunities for specific feedback and problem-solving
  • Continued mentor and coaching support across the school year
  • Biweekly hour-long meetups that provide targeted professional learning and ongoing support specifically addressing participants’ needs across the year

You can take this course for non-credit and earn 28 professional development hours, or you can take it for 3 graduate credits.


Cynthia Downend, Associate Director, Literacy ProgramsHeadshot of Cindy Downend

Cynthia Downend has worked at the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative for 15 years, serving in the roles of primary level literacy trainer and currently as the Assistant Director for Primary Literacy Programs.

Cynthia has worked with many school districts across the United States to train and develop district level literacy staff developers, literacy coaches, classroom teachers, literacy interventionists and school administrators on a variety of topics related to improving literacy instruction.

Prior to her work at Lesley University, Cynthia held positions as a literacy coach, Reading Recovery teacher, and classroom teacher for over 20 years working in a variety of school settings including urban, suburban, and international schools.


Linda Murphy HeadshotLinda Murphy, Associate Director, Literacy Programs

Linda has worked in school districts in New York in a variety of roles and settings. Prior to her joining the center at Lesley University, Linda held positions as a principal of an intermediate school, a Director of English Language Arts, Social Studies and Reading, a district trainer for Literacy Collaborative Intermediate, a Reading Recovery Teacher Leader and a classroom teacher. Linda holds licenses in Elementary Education and School District Administration.


All professional learning sessions will take place via Zoom.

  • October 11-13, 2023 at 10:00am – 2:30pm (EST)
  • October 19, 2023 at 3:00 – 4:00pm (EST)
  • November 2, 2023 at 3:00 – 4:00pm (EST)
  • November 16, 2023 at 3:00 – 4:00pm (EST)
  • December 7, 2023 at 3:00 – 4:00pm (EST)
  • December 21, 2023 at 3:00 – 4:00pm (EST)
  • January 4, 2024 at 3:00 – 4:00pm (EST)
  • January 18, 2024 at 3:00 – 4:00pm (EST)
  • February 1, 2024 at 3:00 – 4:00pm (EST)
  • February 15, 2024 at 3:00 – 4:00pm (EST)
  • March 7, 2024 at 3:00 – 4:00pm (EST)
  • March 21, 2024 at 3:00 – 4:00pm (EST)
  • April 4, 2024 at 3:00 – 4:00pm (EST)
  • April 18, 2024 at 3:00 – 4:00pm (EST)
  • May 2, 2024 at 3:00 – 4:00pm (EST)
  • May 16, 2024 at 3:00 – 4:00pm (EST)
  • May 30, 2024 at 3:00– 4:00pm (EST)


Cancellation Deadline & Refund Policies


You must cancel your registration no later than two weeks before the first day of training to get a full refund. If you cancel your registration within the two weeks prior to the first day of training, you will be charged a $50 processing fee. Email if you have a cancellation or substitution request. Regardless of weather conditions, if the event is held but you cannot attend, you will be billed for the full amount.

Graduate Credit

Review the university’s cancellation and refund policies for credit bearing courses.

Registration Deadline & Shipping Policies

The registration portal closes two business days before the first day of training to allow the minimum amount of time to ship additional training materials (if applicable).

If you register within two weeks before the registration portal closes, you may incur additional fees for expedited shipping. You may still experience delays in receiving your materials.

Requirements for Participation

After the training, you will receive a certificate of attendance for your participation. To receive a complete certificate, participation during the specified times is required. Additional work may be assigned to meet the professional development hours.

Graduate Credit Option

With additional assignments and fees, this course can be taken for 3 graduate credits. Contact to register for credit.

  • 3 graduate credits: $2,325 ($750*/credit + $25*/credit comprehensive fee) *subject to change

Interested in professional learning at your school or district? Schedule a meeting with one of our faculty trainers.