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July 25 @ 9:00 am July 26 @ 3:30 pm

Leading for Literacy Part II

Moving Forward Together for Continued Improvement in Your Schools

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

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

July 25-26, 2023
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 Leadership
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
  • Includes professional texts & materials
  • Literacy Collaborative Affiliation Discount available
Course Description & Outcomes
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual
Requirements & 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 to 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 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). 

You will earn 12 professional development hours in this training. 

Cynthia Downend, Associate Director, Literacy Programs

Headshot of Cindy DownendCynthia 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.


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 Requirements & Policies tab.


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 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.

COVID-19 Protocols

 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 the University’s COVID-19 protocols before and during the event.

  • You must be “up to date on vaccinations” as defined by the CDC.
  • Refrain from coming to campus if you are feeling COVID-19 symptoms. If you are feeling sick, symptomatic, or test positive for COVID-19, please stay home and email to switch your registration to virtual.
  • Masks are highly recommended indoors, but not required at this time. If there is a mask requirement for the event you are attending, our team will communicate this decision.
  • Please read the Lesley University’s COVID-19 protocols are designed to protect the health and safety of our community.


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.