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May 19, 2022 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am

Invest in Literacy Coaching and Teacher Leadership to Build Professional Capacity

Invest in Literacy Coaching and Teacher Leadership to Build Professional Capacity

Join us for a 1-hour webinar to learn about the impact that coaching has within the professional learning community in your school or district.

May 19, 2022
10:00-11:00am (EST)
Grade Levels:
Leadership & Coaching
  • District & School Leaders
  • Classroom Teachers, Interventionists, & Specialists
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
Online: Real Time Webinar

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About the Webinar

Strong coaching within a school can make a significant impact on developing teacher expertise and improving student outcomes.

We invite school leaders and district wide decision makers to join us for a 1-hour webinar with Irene Fountas and Cindy Downend from the Center for Reading Recovery & Literacy Collaborative. Irene and Cindy will facilitate this discussion to help you think about the importance of sustained, job-embedded professional literacy learning and coaching and what it looks like in the school environment.

Don’t have a coach in your school or district?  Consider training a teacher leader.

Learn the importance of building professional capacity within your school by developing coach or teacher leader expertise in literacy teaching and learning. Cindy and Irene will offer several training options that prepare educators to take on this essential role in school leadership.

Irene Fountas, Director of the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative

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Irene is the Marie M. Clay Endowed Chair in Early Literacy and Reading Recovery, and is the author of many books. She is director of the Center for Reading Recovery in the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University. She has been a classroom teacher, language arts specialist, and consultant in school districts across the nation and abroad. Irene and co-author Gay Su Pinnell have published numerous books and resources with Heinemann. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to literacy.


Cynthia Downend, Assistant Director, Literacy Programs

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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.