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August 2, 2022 @ 9:00 am August 3, 2022 @ 3:30 pm

Leading for Literacy: Part Two

Moving Forward Together for Continued Improvement in Your Schools

In this 2-day intensive seminar, build on your previous work from the 4-day Leading for Literacy seminar (School Leaders Seminar) with central office and school-based educators.

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

August 2-3, 2022
9:00-11:30am & 1:00-3:30pm (EST)
Number of Days:
2 days
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual
Grade Levels:
Leadership & Coaching
  • District & School Leaders
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
  • Includes professional text (Leading for Literacy)
  • Literacy Collaborative Affiliation Discount available
Course Description & Outcomes
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual
Registration Policies


In this 2-day intensive seminar, we will build on our previous work in the 4-day Leading for Literacy seminar (School Leaders Seminar) with central office and school-based educators.

Our goal is to reflect on the progress you have made, problem-solve challenges and deepen and expand the impact of your work. Using the new book, Leading for Literacy: What Every School Leader Needs to Know, you will examine a variety of tools and protocols for strengthening your school culture and improving the collaboration and teamwork in your school with the goal of improving literacy outcomes for every student. You will use the new Literacy Implementation Facilitation Tool to reevaluate the strengths and needs of your school and make a plan to continue to move forward.


  • Building capacity through shared leadership and teacher leaders
  • Revised and expanded observational protocols for all instructional contexts
  • A comprehensive assessment design protocol to reflect on your school’s use of data
  • Reimagining professional learning to expand teacher growth
  • Implications of the systemic work at the school level for central office leaders
  • Responsive Coaching: the stance and language of the principal, literacy specialist, coach, and teacher leader
  • The role of supervision and evaluation of teachers in a culture of teacher growth
  • An examination of your multi-layered systems of support to include classroom instruction, intervention, and special education services
  • Engaging in collaborative inquiry using evidence to guide decision-making

You will receive the new professional book, Leading for Literacy: What Every School Leader Needs to Know, by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell.

It is required for all participants to have previously completed the 4-day Leading for Literacy seminar (School Leaders Seminar). Click here for more information.

You will earn 12 professional development hours in this training.

Irene Fountas, Director of the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative

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Irene is the Marie M. Clay Endowed Chair in Early Literacy and Reading Recovery, and is the author of many books. She is director of the Center for Reading Recovery in the Graduate School of Education at Lesley University. She has been a classroom teacher, language arts specialist, and consultant in school districts across the nation and abroad. Irene and co-author Gay Su Pinnell have published numerous books and resources with Heinemann. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to literacy.

Cynthia Downend, Assistant Director, Literacy Programs

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Cynthia Downend has worked at the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative for 15 years, serving in the roles of primary level literacy trainer and currently as the Assistant 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.

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.

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. 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 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.

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