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April 30 @ 10:00 am May 1 @ 3:00 pm

Not a Minute to Lose: Optimizing Coaching and Professional Learning Opportunities Across the Day

In this 2-day training, learn about a variety of powerful coaching tools and protocols you can use to make the most of the precious professional learning time you have with teachers.

April 30-May 1, 2024
10:00 – 3:00 (EST)
Number of Days:
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual
Grade Levels:
Leadership & Coaching
  • District & School Leadership
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
10 PDPs
  • Includes the professional text, Leading for Literacy: What Every School Leader Needs to Know
Course Description & Outcomes
In-Person at Lesley or Vitural
Registration Policies


How do you overcome the challenge of finding time for meaningful professional learning and coaching during the school day? How do you make the most of the valuable time you do have with teachers? Join Cindy to learn about powerful strategies that will help you overcome your coaching time crunch. You’ll learn about a variety of tools and protocols you can use in flexible ways to promote reflection and collaboration with your colleagues in the time you have.


  • Job-embedded bite-sized professional learning
  • Peer classroom visits utilizing observational tools to deepen analysis
  • The power of lesson study
  • Learning walks on your own time
  • Making the most of grade level team meetings
  • Standup coaching sessions
  • Collaborative lesson planning

Cynthia Downend, Associate Director, Literacy Programs Headshot of Cindy Downend

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.


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

If you cancel your registration 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.