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May 16 @ 4:00 pm 4:30 pm

Reimagining Literacy Coaching: Customized Pathways for Expanding Teacher Expertise

Spend 30 minutes with us to learn how to participate in this exciting new offering.

May 16, 2024
4:00-4:30pm (EST)
Number of Days:
Grade Levels:
Leadership & Coaching
  • Literacy Coaches & Teacher Leaders
  • District & School Leadership
  • Classroom Teachers & Interventionists
About the Session


Do you want to build in-school capacity for continuous professional learning regardless of staffing limitations?

Are you interested in learning how to grow the literacy expertise of your teachers so they can reach all learners?

Spend 30 minutes with us to learn how to participate in this exciting new offering.

The Comprehensive Literacy Partnership at Lesley University is a new approach for training teachers to lead professional development and literacy coaching in your school. What makes this partnership unique is that our team works with you to design a customized and flexible course of study based on the strengths and learning goals of your training candidate and to suit your school’s staffing and professional learning needs. We will work with you to design and map out a unique plan for training your school-based literacy specialist to build capacity for site based professional learning for your teachers.

The goal is to provide a quick start for lasting change with science-aligned literacy instruction.

Join us on either Thursday, May 9th at 10:00 am or Thursday, May 16th at 4:00 pm for a complimentary awareness session to learn more. All attendees will be entered in a raffle for a professional text. 


Cindy Downend, Associate Director, Literacy Programs
Headshot of Cindy Downend

Cindy Downend has worked at the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative for many years, serving in the roles of primary level literacy trainer and currently as the Associate Director for Primary Literacy Programs.

Cindy 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, Cindy 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.

Nikki Drury, Literacy Trainer

Nikki worked as a literacy coach and teacher in public school for many years before joining the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative as an Intermediate Trainer. She has experience as a primary and intermediate classroom teacher and literacy instructional coach at the intermediate level. Over the years, she has worked with students, educators, and administrators to improve literacy outcomes.