Experienced and informed teaching is important to students' literacy success. Our offerings can help you guide your students to meet and exceed the state standards in English Language Arts. We offer many different professional development opportunities to expand your expertise around the teaching of reading, writing, and language.

Each summer at Lesley, we host our Annual Summer Literacy Institute. This summer, on July 16-19, 2018, our topic is Thinking, Talking, and Writing about Books, K-8We will examine how to develop students as readers, writers, and thinkers through the facilitation of language use in the classroom.

On-Site Professional Development in Your School

Benefit from professional learning in the comfort of your school or district. Our faculty, trained by Irene Fountas, will bring our expertise teaching reading and writing to you and your colleagues. We will build upon your strengths and expand your capacity to improve student achievement. Learn more about these offerings below.

  • Fountas & Pinnell Classroom (Grades K-2)
  • The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum Institute (Grades K-2 or 3-8)
  • Guided Reading (Grades K-2 or 3-8)
  • Introduction to Genre Study (Grades K-2 or 3-8)
  • Introduction to Teaching in a Readers’ Workshop (Grades K-2, 3-5, or 6-8)
  • Introduction to Teaching in a Writers’ Workshop (Grades K-2, 3-5, or 6-8)
  • Literacy Beginnings: A Pre-Kindergarten Continuum to Guide Teaching (Grades PreK-K)
  • When Readers Struggle: Teaching That Works (Grades K-3)

Guided Reading: Grades K-2 or 3-8

In Guided Reading, you'll build understanding of reading as a complex process and learn how to help students become proficient readers through differentiated instruction in small Guided Reading groups. Learn to use Running Records to study a child's progress in reading and consider the role that a gradient of texts and matching books to readers has on student progress. We'll discuss how to analyze assessment data to form flexible groups, select appropriate texts, and plan Guided Reading lessons for literacy instruction of diverse students.


Guided Reading is available as an on-campus 5-day course (credit or noncredit).

Guided Reading K-2 / Guided Reading 3-8


It is also available as a 8-week online course (credit only). This course is worth 3 graduate credits (on-campus or online) or 35 noncredit professional development points (on-campus only).

Guided Reading K-2 or 3-8 Online Course 


If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative.