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July 30 @ 9:00 am August 1 @ 3:30 pm

Literacy Coaching Essentials: The What, Why, and How

Improve Student Outcomes through Literacy Coaching

This three-part series will help you better understand the many dimensions of your role and provide you with an opportunity to develop the skills necessary for becoming an effective literacy coach.

Register for one, two, or all three parts of this engaging series.

July 30 – August 1, 2024
Additional Dates:
October 16 – 18, 2024 and December 9 – 11, 2024
9:00-11:30am & 1:00-3:30pm (EST)
Number of Days:
3, 6, or 9
In-Person at Lesley or Virtual
Grade Levels:
Leadership & Coaching
  • District & School Leadership
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
Earn 54 PD hours or 3 or 6 graduate credits
Varies. Register for the complete series or individual sessions. The cost includes professional texts. Separate fees for graduate credits.
  • Complete Bundle ($3,500)
  • Part 1: July 30-August 1 ($1,200)
  • Part 2: October 16-18 ($1,200)
  • Part 3: December 9-11 ($1,200)
  • 3 or 6 Graduate Credits (please see “Requirements & Graduate Credit Options” tab for details)
Course Description & Outcomes
In-Person at Lesley or Virtual
Requirements & Graduate Credit Option

Gain expertise in how to support teachers who are working to achieve equitable student outcomes in literacy. 

An effective literacy coach is a thought-partner who helps ensure educators and students reach their highest potential. Across this three-part series, you will learn how to: 

  • Define the many dimensions of your coaching role and examine a wide variety of structures for coaching. 
  • Gain techniques on how to facilitate conversations focused on using student assessment data to plan for differentiated instruction and analyze growth.
  • Use facilitative language with teachers that promotes trust, reflection, and thinking that contributes to a healthy, professional learning community in your school. 

Participants may select three, six, or nine days of professional learning to develop and expand their skill set.  

Session 1: Establishing a Role and Culture for Coaching (3 days) 

  • Fostering a healthy learning culture  
  • Building a coaching identity 
  • Defining the multiple roles of a coach 
  • Designing professional learning opportunities 
  • Using a wide variety of structures for coaching 
  • Strengthening the adult learning community 
  • Partnering with school leaders to support continuous teacher development 

Session 2: Lifting Teacher Learning Through Facilitative Language (3 days) 

  • Applying effective coaching language for individual and group learning 
  • Using language to open conversations and invite reflection  
  • Coaching with a strengths-based lens 
  • Utilizing powerful coaching moves 
  • Harnessing powerful language to foster teacher analysis and reflection 
  • Analyzing literacy teaching through the use of observation tools 
  • Lifting teacher thinking and refining instructional practice 
  • Working with teachers who find change difficult 

Session 3: Using Evidence and Data to Inform Instruction and Improve Student Outcomes (3 days) 

  • Fostering teachers’ close observation of student reading, writing, and word solving behaviors 
  • Facilitating data conversations and grade level meetings 
  • Analyzing data to guide literacy instruction 
  • Creating data displays to facilitate teacher inquiry and problem-solving 
  • Monitoring and understanding change over time in literacy teaching and learning 
  • Understanding research and evidence-based practices 

You’ll earn 54 professional development hours upon completion of this training, or you may enroll for 3 or 6 graduate credits. 


Linda Murphy, Associate Director, Literacy Programs Linda Murphy Headshot

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.

Required Materials

We will ship you the following required materials:

  • The Literacy Continuum
  • The Literacy Quick Guide
  • Leading for Literacy: What Every School Leader Needs to Know

Graduate Credit Option

With additional assignments and fees, this course can be taken for 3 or 6 graduate credits. When your registration is complete, contact to finish the separate registration process for grad credits through Lesley University.

  • 3 or 6 Credits: $3,500 + $875/credit + $25/credit comprehensive fee (fees subject to change)
  • Course number:
    • LEDUC 6159

Cancellation Deadline & Refund Policies


If you cancel your registration prior to the first day of training each session, 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. 

Graduate Credit

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

Registration Deadline & Shipping Policies

If you register within the week prior to the first day of this training each session, you may incur additional fees for expedited shipping. You may 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 participants will be expected to complete additional assignments.

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