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Literacy Professional Learning

  • UNDERSTAND how to measure text complexity for fiction and informational text
  • HELP students read closely to make evidence-based claims
  • ENSURE students can write logically and clearly
  • SUPPORT students to increase their academic vocabulary

Our On-Site Literacy Professional Learning

Ignite the passion for reading and writing in your students. You can count on our literacy experts, authors, and teaching resources to help you meet your state’s standards for literacy and integrate academic reading comprehension and language development across all content areas. We’ll bring the most effective literacy teaching strategies to your school or district to ensure all students succeed.

Where are you on your professional learning journey?

Your Goal

Building Your Skills

One‑Day Services


An expert author or certified associate will help engage your team to advance your literacy practices. Our keynoters have direct experience with the foundational aspects of literacy development as well as continued support for developing readers at all levels.

The New Art and Science of Teaching Writing

Support students in reaching desired learning outcomes in areas of literacy, particularly writing.

  • Learn research-based instructional strategies and assessments best suited to teaching writing, as well as some reading, skills.
  • Examine samples of writing rubrics, proficiency scales, and checklists, and learn effective teaching methods to use them as assessment and instructional tools.

The New Art and Science of Teaching Writing

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The New Art and Science of Teaching Reading

Increase the effectiveness of reading instruction by understanding how literacy develops.

  • Discover a content-specific model of reading aligned to the general framework of The New Art and Science of Teaching.
  • Explore reading-focused instructional strategies related to feedback, content, and context.
  • Understand how to differentiate literacy activities to meet the unique needs of every student.

The New Art and Science of Teaching Reading

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Your Goal

Deepening Your Skills

Two‑to‑Four‑Day Services

Literacy Strategies to Master the Standards

Promote deep understanding by helping readers absorb information in a text—recognizing assumptions, background knowledge, and biases.

  • Understand the major components of close reading.
  • Discover how to differentiate between questions that do and do not require evidence from text.

Texts, Tasks, and Talk

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Building Vocabulary and Academic Language

Explore the standards specific to vocabulary, and gain ideas for curriculum and instruction to ensure students develop word-solving skills.

  • Examine the role of modeling and student interaction to increase the use of academic language among both English learners and native speakers.
  • Acquire the instructional practices exemplary teachers use for vocabulary development.

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Close Reading Skills

Discover how to effectively use challenging texts at all grade levels, and ensure students acquire close reading skills.

  • Identify essential characteristics of a close reading lesson.
  • Support students during close reading.

Teaching with Complex Texts

Ensure all learners become successful close readers of complex texts.

  • Select the appropriate texts for each student and apply scaffolding to support his or her growth.
  • Use complex texts as a tool for teaching and learning.
  • Help students master comprehension of complex texts.

Elementary Reading Intervention Strategies

Acquire a toolkit for scaffolding instruction for all students, and learn how to design a customized intervention plan for your classroom, school, or district.

  • Scaffold challenging comprehension skills like inferencing, summarizing, and monitoring.
  • Teach inference with sample lessons using authentic text examples.
  • Teach more vocabulary in less time with greater understanding and retention.

Integrating Makerspace Ideas into Elementary Literacy Education

Transform literacy teaching and learning by integrating maker projects for elementary classrooms. Teachers and administrators use these tools and strategies to construct innovative opportunities for students to boost comprehension, increase vocabulary knowledge, and improve writing skills.

  • Examine the ways maker education and project-based learning (PBL) can enhance teaching and empower student engagement and learning.
  • Learn how to reimagine instruction to ensure students build crucial literacy, collaboration, and thinking skills.
  • Become familiar with various low-tech and low-cost strategies and how to utilize them in flexible learning spaces or makerspaces in the elementary classroom or school.
  • Empower students to become passionate, creative thinkers.
  • Engage with checklists and planning tools for incorporating a maker education curriculum in your classroom.

Remaking Literacy

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Vocabulary in a SNAP

Support all students in expanding academic vocabulary with targeted, brief, daily lessons.

  • Teach students important vocabulary words for all content areas based on roots, prefixes, suffixes, and similar meanings.
  • Employ proven, effective instructional strategies.
  • Help students have fun while learning so that they become genuinely interested in growing their vocabularies.

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Your Goal

Sustaining Your Skills

Multi‑Day Services

Literacy Instructional Strategies and Assessments

Learn to strengthen and extend your inventory of instructional practices and develop various assessments around reading, writing, speaking, and listening across content areas. Transfer what you learn in this practical, hands-on professional development session to actively engage students and boost their achievement.

Customized Services

Through this highly personalized service, team members will learn how to improve student results in reading and writing with expert guidance. Your coach will draw on firsthand experience as well as the experience of other successful schools to help staff execute proven best practices in lesson design, instruction, and assessment.

Embedded Coaching

Tackle your students’ literacy challenges head-on with the support of an expert coach. Teachers at every grade level will receive individualized suggestions for refining their lessons and incorporating instructional best practices. Through this guidance, staff will gain the know-how to help all students master the reading and writing skills required for college and career success.

ELA Site-Specific Coaching

These schools are identified for targeted work, linking coaching and professional development over multiple sessions during the school year, with a specific focus on applying systems thinking to strengthen ELA instruction. Emphasis will be placed on the following principles: collaborative conversations and text complexity, close reading in all disciplines, writing from sources, supporting diverse language and learning needs, text-dependent questions, and promoting writing in all disciplines.

Choose the professional learning timeframe that fits best with your schedule:

  • One full-day session
  • Two half-day sessions
  • Three two-hour sessions

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