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January 20 @ 9:00 am – January 21 @ 3:30 pm
Leading for Literacy: What Every School Leader Needs to Know
What Every School Leader Needs to Know About Effective Literacy Teaching, Coaching, and Teacher Leadership
In this 4-day training for school principals and administrators, learn how to support literacy teaching in grades K–6.
Register to participate in-person at Lesley University or virtually!
- District & School Leaders
- Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
- Includes professional texts & materials
- Literacy Collaborative Affiliation Discount available
We will begin by helping you establish core values and beliefs about literacy teaching and learning that will be the foundation of your leadership.
Learn how to develop a healthy school culture that supports teamwork and continuous professional learning. With a strong foundation in literacy processing, assessment, and evidence-based instructional practices, you will be able to support instructional coherence for every child at every grade level.
In addition, you will learn how to promote shared ownership of data on student outcomes and address systemic structures that limit the learning of some students in the educational system.
Specifically, you will learn the essential elements of a variety of research based instructional contexts:
- Interactive read-aloud
- Shared reading
- Guided reading
- Book clubs
- Independent reading and writing
- Interactive/shared writing
- Guided writing
- Readers’ workshop
- Writers’ workshop
- Systematic phonics, spelling and word study
In each context, we will address implications for in-person and virtual learning.
You will learn how to support teachers in using the Literacy Continuum to plan for and assess teaching and how to guide them in developing their knowledge of the specific scaffolds needed for English learners.
You will use “look-for” tools for each instructional context, as well as intervention lessons so you can observe and discuss specific elements of high-quality teaching. You will expand your use of precise language to support reflective teacher practice by analyzing videos of teaching to understand effective instructional practices.
You will get a sneak peek into the new professional book, Leading for Literacy; What Every School Leader Needs to Know, by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell. This book is expected for the second part of the seminar in March, though the content will be addressed throughout the seminar.
You will earn 24 professional development hours in this training.
Graduate credit is available. Email CRRLC@lesley.edu to inquire.
Irene Fountas, Director of the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative
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
Cynthia Downend has worked at the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative for over 10 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.
Cynthia holds licenses in both elementary education and school administration, and achieved National Board Certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Linda Murphy, Literacy Trainer
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.
Transition from In-Person to Virtual:
In-person training is currently available to a limited number of participants and you may choose that option. You will be required to follow the Lesley safety protocol.
Should any of the conditions change and it is determined the training can be offered online only, you will be notified as soon as possible. We recommend that you email us at CRRLC@lesley.edu before reserving travel and lodging.
At this point in time, participants who have opted to come to Lesley University for the in-person format of professional learning must be prepared to:
- Send proof of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before January 6 to CRRLC@lesley.edu.
- Send a negative PCR test result taken no more than 72 hours before January 20 and March 10 to CRRLC@lesley.edu.
- Submit a COVID Self-Assessment Visitor Form within 48 hours before January 20 and March 10.
- Wear a mask at all times indoors in the presence of others. Bandanas and neck gaiters are not acceptable face coverings.
- Maintain physical distance when eating during breaks. Consume your meal in designated areas when on-campus and immediately mask up when done.
- Stay at home and attend the professional learning virtually if you are feeling sick or symptomatic—even just a runny nose or coughing. Please notify us immediately if you are switching from in-person to virtual.
- For Lesley University’s COVID-19 policies, click here.
Cancellation Deadline & Refund Policies
You must cancel in writing two weeks before the start of the course to get a refund, minus a $50 processing fee. Email CRRLC@lesley.edu to cancel. Regardless of weather conditions, if the event is held but you cannot attend, you will be billed for the full amount.
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 training materials.
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 graduate credit. Contact CRRLC@lesley.edu to register for credit.
With Your Colleagues Option
We can deliver the School Leaders Seminar to your school/district. This option can be delivered virtually or in-person for a group within your school/district (as COVID-19 social distancing guidelines allow).
Fees & Policies
- Fees are determined by the number of participants and the duration of training.
- If applicable, travel expenses for each trainer (airfare, hotel, meals, and rental car) are an additional cost to be paid by the district.
- Professional development sessions that require extensive travel or overnight stays (if applicable) may incur an additional surcharge.
- If the number of participants exceeds the maximum, another trainer may be needed. This will increase training costs and travel expenses.
- Unless otherwise noted, fees do not include the cost of any required books or materials. The faculty trainer will consult with the district to select books based on the topics and the district’s needs.
- School districts in the same geographic area participating in the same training may combine their resources to meet participant minimums. Payment must be on one district’s purchase order.
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.
“From start to finish, this program has been useful. As a newbie to understanding literacy, I could not have asked for a more comprehensive immersion.”Jerry Gregoire, Principal, SAU 101, New Hampshire
Make the most of your summer and take your career to the next level!
Take the stance of a scientist and notice, respond and refine your instruction through systematic observation based on evidence.