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March 20, 2023 @ 9:00 am May 14, 2023 @ 3:30 pm

Building Capacity through Continuous Professional Learning

Expand opportunities for professional learning in your school.

In this 8-week online graduate course, learn how to create a healthy culture of professional learning in your school.

March 20 – May 14, 2023 (Spring Term II)
Number of Days:
8 weeks
Grade Levels:
Leadership & Coaching
  • District & School Leaders
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
  • Classroom Teachers, Interventionists, & Specialists
Must be taken for graduate credit
Online Graduate Course
$2,050 ($650/credit + $20 registration fee + $30 technology fee + $50 copyright fee) + required texts
  • Course Number: EEDUC 6405.80
  • Fees are subject to change
Course Description & Outcomes
Course Instructor
Cancellation Deadlines & Refund Policies


This online course is for literacy coaches, teacher leaders, and administrators who want to understand how to work with their colleagues to promote a healthy professional learning culture. You will develop expertise in how to design a variety of professional learning opportunities to meet the needs of your colleagues and strengthen the literacy goals of your school/district.

By enrolling in an online graduate course, you have the flexibility to learn at your own pace with the support of a virtual community and have access to a variety of educational resources and materials at your convenience.

Course Outcomes

  • Build knowledge of the elements of school culture that promote ongoing professional learning
  • Discuss how to support adult learners
  • Compare models of professional learning
  • Design professional learning opportunities that support identified learning goals
  • Use a variety of artifacts to support inquiry
  • Build a repertoire of language that extends thinking and fosters discussion and reflection
  • Develop a topic guide and evaluation focused on an identified adult learning goal for your school

You must have access to a school environment to participate and complete the assignments. This course cannot replace EEDUC 7130 or EEDUC 7103.

Required Texts

You are responsible for purchasing/having access to the following professional texts for this course:

  • Weaver, L. & Wilding, M. (2013). The 5 dimensions of engaged teaching: A practical guide for educators. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Dufour, R. & Fullan, M. (2011). Cultures built to last: Systemic PLCs at work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.

This option must be taken for 3 graduate credits. Take the course individually or as a required course in our 12-credit Online Graduate Certificate in Literacy Coaching and Teacher Leadership.

Heather Rodman, Literacy Trainer

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Prior to joining the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative as a Primary Trainer, Heather was a Kindergarten, first, second, third, and fourth grade classroom teacher in Middletown, CT for 16 years. She was also a Primary Literacy Coordinator for five years where she provided literacy training and coaching to K-5 teachers. In addition, she was a member of the Connecticut Department of Education Common Core State Standards Curriculum Design Team for English Language Arts.

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