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March 12 @ 9:00 am March 13 @ 3:30 pm

Building Knowledge and Literacy Skills All Day Long

The Power of Literacy in Content Area Learning.

Learn how to identify and use the kinds of literacy that are required in science, math, and social studies to help children build deep content knowledge and vocabulary. Develop an understanding of how to reframe your instruction to integrate literacy into the content areas so children acquire disciplinary-specific skills.

March 12 – 13, 2024
9:00-11:30 am & 1:00-3:30 pm (EST)
Number of Days:
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual
Grade Levels:
Literacy Teaching
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
  • Classroom Teachers & Interventionists
  • District and School Leaders
Earn 12 PD Hours
In-Person at Lesley or Virtual
Course Description & Outcomes
In-Person at Lesley or Virtual
Registration Policies


Structure your teaching to effectively build students’ deep content knowledge and vocabulary. You will learn how to foster the kinds of literacy skills (thinking, reading, writing, and talking) that scientists, mathematicians, and social scientists use to conduct their work. Then you’ll learn how to transfer this thinking into daily instruction that fosters children’s curiosity, meets state standards, and prepares students for the interdisciplinary world outside of school.


  • Integrating literacy into science, math, and social studies instruction
  • Linking children’s questions and inquiries to curriculum standards
  • Discipline specific literacy skills
  • Building deep content knowledge and vocabulary through reading, writing, and talking

You will earn 12 hours of professional development hours upon completion of this training.

Headshot of Cindy DownendCynthia Downend, Associate Director, Literacy Programs

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

Linda Murphy HeadshotLinda 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.


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 Registration Policies tab.

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. 

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.

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