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October 8 @ 10:00 am October 10 @ 4:00 pm

Leveled Literacy Intervention in Grades 3-8

Support readers and writers to make and sustain accelerated literacy progress using an evidence–based intervention.

Learn how to teach small-group, supplementary literacy intervention to accelerate learning for the lowest-achieving students in grades 3-8.

Register to participate in-person at Lesley University or virtually!

October 8-10 and December 3-5, 2024
 10:00 am -12:30 pm & 1:30- 4:00 pm (EST)
Number of Days:
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual
Grade Levels:
Literacy Intervention
  • Classroom Teachers & Interventionists
Earn 36 PD hours or 3 or 6 graduate credits
$1,950 + cost of LLI system
  • • Separate fees for graduate credit (see Requirements & Graduate Credit tab for more info)
  • Literacy Collaborative Affiliation Discount available
Course Description & Outcomes
In-Person at Lesley or Virtual
Policies & Graduate Credit Option

Gain an understanding of the Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) system and how you can use it to improve students’ literacy and learning.

This six-day training prepares teachers to provide intensive instruction to small groups of struggling readers and writers in the intermediate, middle, and upper grades utilizing the LLI systems.

Learn about procedures and rationales for lessons that will engage students in phonics and word study, writing about reading, and comprehending to improve reading proficiency. Examine how to use responsive teaching to accelerate students’ proficiency with reading increasingly challenging texts. Gain an understanding of the systems and how to use the three types of lesson structures—standard, novel, and test preparation—to support students’ literacy development.

Course Topics

  • Using high quality texts to build knowledge and support the development of foundational skills
  • Assessing and grouping students
  • Monitoring student progress across lessons
  • Understanding fiction and nonfiction texts and analyzing text characteristics
  • Teaching for vocabulary development, fluency, and understanding
  • Supporting word solving and writing about reading
  • Utilizing the odd and even standard lesson framework
  • Using test preparation lessons and engaging students in the novel study lesson sequence

You’ll earn 36 professional development hours upon completion of this training, or you may take it for 3 or 6 graduate credits.

Looking for Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) in Grades K-2? Click here

Nikki Drury, Literacy Trainer

Nikki worked as a literacy coach and teacher in public school for many years before joining the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative as an Intermediate Trainer. She has experience as a primary and intermediate classroom teacher and literacy instructional coach at the intermediate level. Over the years, she has worked with students, educators, and administrators to improve literacy outcomes.


You may choose to attend this training in-person at Lesley University or virtually in real time. Should any of the conditions change and it is determined the training will be offered virtually only, you will be notified as soon as possible. We recommend that you contact us before reserving travel and lodging.

If you choose to attend in-person, the training room will have Lesley University’s HyFlex Classroom Technology to support an engaging learning environment for in-person and virtual participants. If you have questions about in-person or virtual attendance, please email us at

In-person participants are required to follow the Lesley safety protocols noted on the Policies & Graduate Credit Option tab.

Required Materials

You must be able to have access to the LLI Intermediate Systems (Red, Gold, or Purple) and be able to use these materials to teach students.

You must have access to:

  • LLI System Guide in one grade level (Red, Gold, or Purple)
  • Either version of The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum:
    • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2022).  The Fountas & Pinnell literacy continuum: A tool for assessment, planning, and teaching, grades prek-8, second edition. Heinemann.
    • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2016).  The Fountas & Pinnell literacy continuum: A tool for assessment, planning, and teaching, grades prek-8, expanded edition. Heinemann.
  • The Fountas & Pinnell Prompting Guide Part 1 for Oral Reading and Early Writing
  • The Fountas & Pinnell Prompting Guide Part 2 for Comprehension: Thinking, Talking, and Writing
  • LLI online resources for the system level(s) you teach

To learn more or purchase the LLI Intermediate Systems (Red, Gold, Purple, or Teal), click here.

Graduate Credit Option

With additional assignments and fees, this course can be taken for 3 or 6 graduate credits. Contact to register for credit.

  • 3 graduate credits: $4,650 ($1,950 + $875*/credit + $25*/credit comprehensive fee) + required LLI system *subject to change
  • 6 graduate credits: $7,350 ($1,950 + $875*/credit + $25*/credit comprehensive fee) + required LLI system *subject to change
  • Course number: EEDUC 6161 YL2

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.

On-Site Professional Development

We can deliver this training to your school/district. This option can be delivered virtually or in-person for a group within your school/district. For detailed costs, complete our online form to request this training for your school/district and we will contact you.

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

“I learned about parts of the Leveled Literacy Intervention system that I did not know about. Without this professional learning, I wouldn’t have found time to learn as much as I did in these sessions.”

Cassandra R., Interventionist/Specialist, Stoney Education Authority, CN

“I appreciate the thoughtful, systematic approach to reviewing the LLI program. I am deeply motivated to go back to my school and implement this with our most vulnerable children.”

Jessica D., UP Education Network, MA

“The training days built my understanding of the many components of Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) and how strategic and systematic they are.”

Stacey K., Chelsea Public Schools, MA