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Help struggling readers and writers make sustained and accelerated progress.

The Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI) system, developed by Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell, prepares teachers to provide intensive instruction to small groups of struggling readers and writers. In 30-minute daily sessions, teachers use a set of children’s books sorted by graduated difficulty levels to provide effective reading, writing, and word study instruction. In this training, you'll learn how to use LLI for students in grades K–2.

You can take this seminar virtually via webinar sessions that are delivered in real-time, or with a group of colleagues from your school or district: 

  • Real-Time Virtual Learning Dates: 
    • Days 1-3: July 27-29, 2020
    • Days 4-6: October 19-21, 2020
  • With Your Colleagues: For a group, by request virtually or in-person

Gain an understanding of the system and how you can use it to improve students’ literacy and learning. You'll cover topics such as:

  • Assessing and grouping students
  • Using leveled texts
  • Supporting English language learners
  • Coding, scoring, and analyzing reading behaviors
  • Teaching and reinforcing reading and writing strategies
  • Comprehension
  • Supporting writing development
  • Teaching phonemic awareness and phonics

You can take this training for noncredit and earn 36 professional development hours, or take it for 3 graduate credits.


Requirements for Participation

To receive a complete Certificate of Attendance, you must attend all 6 days of training. And, you must be able to use the LLI Primary Systems (Text Levels A–N/Orange, Green, or Blue) with at least one group of 3 students, 5 days a week, for 18 weeks.

Please purchase your LLI System (Orange, Green, or Blue) from Heinemann Publishers prior to the training.


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Real-Time Virtual Learning Option

July 27–29 & October 19–21, 2020 | 9:00-11:30 am & 1:00-3:30 pm (EST)
Participation during these times is required. We may assign additional work to meet the required professional development hours. After you register, we'll send you information about how to access the virtual platform.

Noncredit (36 professional development hours)

3 Graduate Credits (with assignment + fees)

  • $4,915 ($1,950 + $975/credit + $40 registration fee) + required LLI System. Tuition discounts.
  • Course number: EEDUC 6161. Contact for registration info.

With-Your-Colleagues Option

We can deliver this 6-day training virtually or in-person for a group of educators within your district (as COVID-19 social distancing guidelines allow). Take the course for noncredit for 36 professional development hours, or for 3 graduate credits. If you want to earn graduate credit, you'll need to complete an assignment and pay an extra fee. Email to register for graduate credit.

  • Group size: minimum 25, maximum 35
  • Noncredit: $2,100/person + required LLI System
  • Additional fees for in-person option: Presenter's travel expenses
  • School districts in the same geographic area may combine their resources to meet participant minimums for this training. Payment must be on one district's purchase order.
  • Inquire about professional development at your school
“I really enjoyed this training. I feel much better prepared to implement LLI with complete fidelity.”
Jessica Tsantes, Reading Teacher, Valley Central School District in New York

Cancellation Deadlines & Refund Policies


You must cancel in writing at least two weeks before the first day of training to get a refund, minus a $50 processing fee. Email to cancel. If you are unable to attend, you may send a substitute by alerting us at least two weeks before the first day of training. Regardless of weather conditions, if the event is held and the attendee cannot attend, the participant will be billed for the full amount of the training.

Graduate Credit

Review the university's cancellation and refund policies for credit-bearing courses.

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Please contact the Center for Reading Recovery & Literacy Collaborative if you have any questions.