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January 23 @ 9:00 am 3:30 pm

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

In this 1-day training, learn about a variety of powerful coaching tools and protocols you can use to make the most of your time with teachers.

Register to participate in-person at Lesley University or virtually!

January 23, 2024
9:00-11:30am & 1:00-3:30pm (EST)
Number of Days:
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual
Grade Levels:
Literacy Coaching
  • Literacy Coaches and Teacher Leaders
  • District and School Leaders
Earn 6 PD hours
$295 (Includes the professional text, Leading for Literacy: What Every School Leader Needs to Know)
Course Description & Outcomes
In-Person at Lesley or Virtual
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

You’ll earn 6 hours of professional development for your participation.

Cynthia Downend, Associate Director, Literacy Programs

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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 Requirements & 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.


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