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July 25, 2022 @ 9:00 am July 29, 2022 @ 3:30 pm

Guided Reading: Responsive Teaching in Grades K-2

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Learn how to use Guided Reading in your K–2 classroom.

In this 5-day training for teachers and literacy educators, learn how to plan for and teach effective small group, differentiated instruction in the primary grades.

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

July 25-29, 2022
9:00-11:30am & 1:00-3:30pm (EST)
Number of Days:
5 days
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual
Grade Levels:
Literacy Teaching
  • Classroom Teachers, Interventionists, & Specialists
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
Non-credit; graduate credit available
$895 + cost of required professional texts
  • Literacy Collaborative Affiliation Discount available
  • Additional fees for graduate credit
Course Description & Outcomes
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual
Requirements, Policies & Graduate Credit


Guided Reading is an instructional context in which teachers work with small groups of students to support each reader’s development of systems of strategic actions. In this course, you’ll take an in-depth look at how to use Guided Reading to support readers in the primary grades.

Learn how each element of a Guided Reading lesson presents opportunities for teaching and learning that supports the varying needs of all students, including students whose first language is not English. You’ll build an understanding of reading as a complex process, and learn how to use Running Records to study children’s reading behaviors. Discover the value that a gradient of texts plays in developing readers and learn how to analyze and select appropriate texts for your students. Build an understanding of how to form flexible groups, and how to plan Guided Reading lessons that address the needs of each reader within the group.

Course Outcomes

  • Build knowledge of the reading process and the actions that enable students to become effective readers
  • Observe, assess, and analyze students’ reading behaviors to plan for instruction
  • Use the 10 characteristics of texts to analyze books along a gradient of difficulty to consider the supports and challenges that the text offers to readers
  • Learn how to choose and introduce appropriate books for Guided Reading instruction based on assessment data
  • Consider how each part of a Guided Reading lesson—text introduction, reading the text, discussing the text, and word work—presents opportunities for teaching and learning
  • Examine how each part of a Guided Reading lesson presents opportunities for teaching and learning with attention to the needs of English learners
  • Learn how to dynamically group students for Guided Reading instruction based on assessment data
  • Identify characteristics of fiction and nonfiction to support students as they read in a variety of genres
  • Learn how the readers’ workshop provides a structure and management system that allows for whole-group, small-group, and individual teaching

You can take this course for noncredit and earn 35 professional development hours, or you can take it for 3 graduate credits.

Please visit the Requirements, Policies & Graduate Credit tab for the professional texts you are responsible for purchasing/having access to for this course.

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Courtney Varner Lorden, Literacy TrainerHeadshot of Courtney Varner

Courtney’s educational career started in Fairfax County Public Schools, VA where she taught in 1st and 2nd grade, was a Reading Recovery teacher, and a literacy coach. In addition, Courtney is certified as a Literacy Collaborative Intermediate Coach.




Transition from In-Person to Virtual:

In-person training is currently available to a limited number of participants and you may choose that option. 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.

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 follow Lesley University’s protocols (click for more information). Check this page for the most up-to-date information about safety protocols before you arrive and during your time on-campus.


Required Texts

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

  • Fountas, I.C. & Pinnell, G.S. (2016).  Guided reading: Responsive teaching across the grades. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Pinnell, G.S. & Fountas, I.C. (2016).  The Fountas & Pinnell literacy continuum: A tool for assessment, planning, and teaching, expanded edition. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Recommended Texts

  • Fountas, I.C.  & Pinnell, G.S. (2012). Fountas & Pinnell prompting guide, part one for oral reading  and early writing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I.C.  & Pinnell, G.S. (2012). Fountas & Pinnell prompting guide, part two for comprehension: Thinking, talking, and writing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

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 to cancel. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute at any time. Regardless of weather conditions, if the event is held but you cannot attend, you will be billed for the full amount.

Graduate Credit

Review the university’s cancellation and refund policies for credit bearing courses.

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 3 graduate credits. Contact to register for credit.

  • $1,990 ($650*/credit + $40 registration fee) *subject to change
  • Course number: EEDUC 6047.34

With Your Colleagues Option

We can deliver this training 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.

“Thank you for offering such high quality professional development.”

Allyson Coburn, Literacy Coordinator
Blue Mountain Union School District, Vermont