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June 28, 2023 @ 9:00 am June 29, 2023 @ 3:30 pm

Teaching Strong Foundational Skills Through Joyful, Shared Reading

Engage all learners daily with shared reading in grades K-3.

In this 2-day training, learn how to teach explicit, systematic phonemic awareness and phonics skills using whole group or small group shared reading.

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

June 28-29, 2023
9:00-11:30am & 1:00-3:30pm (EST)
Number of Days:
In-Person at Lesley University or Virtual
Grade Levels:
Literacy Teaching
  • Classroom Teachers & Interventionists
  • $595 + cost of the required Literacy Continuum text
  • $670 (includes The Literacy Continuum)
  • Literacy Collaborative Affiliation Discount available
Course Descriptions & Outcomes
In-Person at Lesley or Virtual
Requirements & Policies

Learn how to teach explicit, systematic phonemic awareness and phonics skills using whole group or small group shared reading. Engage all learners in successful daily reading of delightful stories, poems, songs or nonfiction texts and provide efficient, effective teaching of foundational skills to develop fluent readers.

Topics include: 

  • The structure of shared reading across multiple days 
  • Selecting and analyzing age appropriate, grade-appropriate texts for shared reading 
  • Phonemic awareness in shared reading 
  • Supporting phonics skills during the shared reading lesson 
  • Expanding vocabulary during shared reading 
  • Fluency instruction during shared reading  
  • Developing early literacy concepts for emergent readers 
  • A variety of ways for children to reread texts 

You are required to have your own copy of The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum (Second Edition or Expanded Edition). Please visit the Requirements & Policies tab for details about this required text. 

You will earn 12 professional development hours in this training. 

Cynthia Downend, Associate Director, Literacy Programs

Headshot of Cindy Downend

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. 

Linda Murphy HeadshotLinda Murphy, Associate Director, Literacy Programs 

Linda 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.


Required Materials

You must have individual access to either one of these texts and be able to use it on your own during the two days of professional development.

  • Fountas, I.C.  & Pinnell, G.S. (2022).  The Fountas & Pinnell literacy continuum: A tool for assessment, planning, and teaching, grades prek-8, second edition. Heinemann.
  • Fountas, I.C.  & Pinnell, G.S. (2016).  The Fountas & Pinnell literacy continuum: A tool for assessment, planning, and teaching, grades prek-8, expanded edition. Heinemann.

Don’t have this book yet? You will have the option to purchase the book (Second Edition) when you register for this training. If you choose to purchase the book on your own, click here. Email us at if you have questions.

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.

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.