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Learn best practices for improving student achievement in reading and writing.

As an educator, it's important to continue expanding your skill set and expertise. Come to Lesley's Center for Reading Recovery & Literacy Collaborative to gain current perspectives on effective instructional practices in grades PreK–12.

From teaching reading and writing to school leadership, literacy coaching, interventions, and student assessment, you're bound to find a professional learning opportunity that meets your needs.

Explore literacy professional development by topic.

Choose from more than 25 courses, workshops, and institutes on Lesley's campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, online, or at your school for a group. We also host the Literacy for All Conference in Providence, Rhode Island each fall. Our face-to-face offerings range from 2-10 days, and online courses take place over 8 weeks.

Most of our professional development is available for graduate credit, making it easy to work toward a step increase or teacher recertification. Don't need the credit? You can take many offerings for noncredit and earn professional development hours.

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Teaching Reading and Writing

More than 15 professional development opportunities for teachers

Experienced and informed teaching is important to students' literacy success. Our offerings help you guide your students in meeting and exceeding the state standards in English Language Arts. 

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School Leadership & Teams

5 professional development opportunities for school leaders and teams

School leaders are key to the literacy achievement of all students. The path requires plans for assessment, professional development, coaching, teamwork, program management, and monitoring. Get support in developing a literacy model that inspires educators and students.


Online courses must be taken for graduate credit.

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Literacy Coaching & Teacher Leadership

7 professional development offerings in literacy coaching and teacher leadership

Invest in teacher expertise through teacher leadership and coaching.

The online courses must be taken for graduate credit. You can take them individually, or as part of our 12-credit graduate certificate program in coaching beginning in Fall 2020.

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Literacy Interventions

2 professional development offerings in literacy interventions

Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) is a research-based, small-group, supplementary intervention designed for students who find reading and writing difficult. We offer LLI training for grades K–2 and grades 3–12.

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Literacy Assessment

Professional development offerings on literacy assessment

It's important to assess students' reading levels so that you can plan effective lessons. We offer training on the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System, and linking assessment to teaching and learning.

Online courses must be taken for graduate credit.

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