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Courtney Varner Lorden

Literacy Trainer

What I like most about my role within the Center is…

I enjoy working with educators from wide ranges of schools and districts.

What I believe in

I believe that every child has the capability of becoming a reader. It’s our role as educators to reflect, refine and grow our knowledge and practice to ensure all students become independent readers.

Previous work highlights

Reading Recovery Teacher

Favorite book

Too many to list!

Fun fact

Love Yoga and my pup Leona.


BS. in Economics from University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire
Masters of Elementary Education from George Mason University

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Featured Blog Posts

May 13, 2021 Cindy Downend, Assistant Director, Literacy Programs

Five Tips for Ensuring the Success of Literacy Coaches and Teacher Leaders

Investing in building the expertise of the teachers in your school is one of the most lasting decisions a leader can make.

May 5, 2021 Kass & Cornelius Minor

Kids, Books, and Anti-Racism Series: The Quest for Joyful and Equitable Literacy Learning Continues with The Minor Collective!

The Minors have designed a few frameworks and strategies to make the work doable and supportive for all people involved in literacy learning

April 29, 2021 Center News

Literacy Collaborative 2021 Virtual Cohort

The 2021 Literacy Collaborative cohort will be held online through a combination of live, interactive sessions and on-demand learning. Participants apply what they learn and receive job-embedded coaching from Lesley University faculty as part of their coursework.