Learn how to use Guided Reading in your K–2 classroom.

Guided Reading is an instructional method in which teachers work with small groups of students who are reading at similar levels. In this course, we'll take an in-depth look at how to use Guided Reading in the primary grades.

You can take this course on the Lesley University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, online, or at your school with a group of colleagues:

  • Online: January 21–March 15, 2020
  • On Campus: Summer 2020
  • At Your School: For a group, by request

Build an understanding of reading as a complex process. Learn how to help students become more proficient readers through differentiated instruction in small Guided Reading groups. Discover how to use Running Records to study a child's reading progress. And, consider the role that a gradient of texts and matching books to readers has on student progress.

We'll also discuss how to analyze assessment data to form flexible groups, select appropriate texts, and plan Guided Reading lessons for diverse groups of students.

You can take this course for noncredit and earn 35 professional development hours, or for 3 graduate credits.

Hosted by the Center for Reading Recovery & Literacy Collaborative at Lesley University.

  • Course Outcomes
    • Build knowledge of the reading process and the actions that enable students to become effective readers
    • Observe, assess, and analyze students' reading behaviors to plan for instruction
    • Use the 10 characteristics of texts to analyze books along a gradient of difficulty to consider the supports and challenges that the text offers to readers
    • Learn how to choose and introduce appropriate books for Guided Reading instruction based on assessment data
    • Consider how each part of a Guided Reading lesson—text introduction, reading the text, discussing the text, and word work—presents opportunities for teaching and learning
    • Learn how to group students for Guided Reading instruction based on assessment data
    • Identify characteristics of fiction and nonfiction to support students as they read in a variety of genres
    • Learn how the reading workshop provides a structure and management system that allows for whole-group, small-group, and individual teaching
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Online Option

January 21–March 15, 2020

The online Guided Reading course must be taken for 3 graduate credits. Take the course individually or as part of our 18-credit Graduate Certificate in Developing Literacy Expertise Through Responsive Classroom Teaching.

  • Cost: $2,050 ($650/credit + $20 registration fee + $30 technology fee + $50 copyright fee) + required texts
  • Use EEDUC 6047.80 to register for credit.
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On-Campus Option

Summer 2020  |  8:00 am–3:45 pm
Lesley University, 1815 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140. Find a place to stay.


3 Graduate Credits (with assignment + fees)

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At Your School Option

We can deliver this 5-day course in your school district for a group of educators. Take the course for noncredit for 35 professional development hours, or earn 3 graduate credits by completing an assignment and paying an extra fee.

"Thank you for offering such high quality professional development."
Allyson Coburn, Literacy Coordinator, Blue Mountain Union School District in Vermont

Cancellation Deadlines and Refund Policies


You must cancel in writing two weeks before the start of the course to get a refund, minus a $50 processing fee. Email litcol@lesley.edu to cancel. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute at any time. Regardless of weather conditions, if the event is held but you cannot attend, you will be billed for the full amount.

Graduate Credit

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