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Programs, Consultation, and Professional Development for Literacy Educators and School Leaders

Expand your expertise in teaching reading and writing. Learn how to build professional capacity in your school. Enhance your literacy coaching practice when working with teachers.

At Lesley's Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative, helping educators improve student outcomes in literacy is at the heart of everything we do. Join the thousands of educators—from across the country and world—who come to the Center for their professional development. Directed by literacy expert and author Irene C. Fountas, our Center's professional learning opportunities will guide you in helping students meet and exceed state standards in English language arts.

The Center is also a training site for Literacy Collaborative—a school improvement model for grades K–8—and the Reading Recovery intervention program for first-grade students.

All Literacy Professional Development

Here, you'll find a complete listing of all our professional learning opportunities available on campus, online, or at your school for a group. Choose from 25+ courses, workshops, and institutes for teachers, literacy coaches, and principals. Topics include: Teaching Reading and Writing, Literacy Assessment, Literacy Coaching and Teacher Leadership, School Leadership and Teams, and Literacy Interventions.

Review all professional development for literacy educators.

Fall, Spring, and Summer Professional Development

Come to Cambridge, Mass. to learn new skills and get inspired. Earn the graduate credit or professional development hours you need as you work toward recertification of your teaching license or that next step in your career. If you can't come to the Center, we're offering a few courses from our graduate certificate programs online.

Summer 2020

Spring 2020 and Fall 2020

Literacy Collaborative

Lesley University is a training site for Literacy Collaborative, a highly successful whole-school improvement model for grades K–8. The model is based on the research and work of literacy experts and authors Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell.

Learn more about Literacy Collaborative at Lesley University.

Reading Recovery

Reading Recovery is a short-term, school-based literacy intervention for first-grade students who have extreme difficulty learning to read and write. Our Center trains Reading Recovery Teacher Leaders, who in turn train and support Reading Recovery teachers at regional training sites.

Learn more about Reading Recovery at Lesley University.

Our Center is an MA Approved Priority Partner in the following categories: 

Priority Partner for Turnaround: 

  • Category 1: Leadership, Shared Responsibility, and Professional Collaboration 
  • Category 2: High-Quality Core Instruction 

Targeted Assistance Provider: 

  • School-Based Category 1: Leadership, Shared responsibility, and Professional Collaboration 
  • School-Based Category 2: High-Quality Core Instruction 


News & Articles

Read about topics in literacy education, and other Center for Reading Recovery & Literacy Collaborative news.

Insist on Access for Every Child Bookmarks (free download) 

Download this free printable bookmark template from our 2019 Leadership Summit.  

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