School leaders are key to the successful literacy achievement of all students. The goal is always to raise the achievement of students, but the path requires plans for assessment, professional development, coaching, teamwork, program management, and monitoring. The principal and team create a shared vision and work together to achieve it.

We offer two professional development opportunities related to leadership and teams. These offerings support your work in developing a literacy model that inspires the educators and students.

School Leaders Seminar, What Every School Leader Needs to Know About Effective Literacy Teaching and Teacher Leadership is a 4-day seminar designed for principals, assistant  principals, coaches, and school and district administrators. This seminar focuses on the roles of effective teaching, student assessment, coaching, supervision, and improving student achievement in reading and writing.

Literacy Leadership Team Institute provides school teams with the opportunity to explore issues important to the successful implementation of a school improvement model. This institute is intended for school administrators and faculty members interested in learning more about how to work as a leadership team to build a culture of collaboration to expand the literacy expertise of the educators and improve student outcomes. This institute includes:

  • An overview of the content, pedagogy, and theoretical foundation of the instructional practices used in reading, writing, and word study instruction
  • Discussion of issues related to the comprehensive literacy model, including identifying stakeholders, and their roles in the implementation
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School Leaders Seminar

Literacy professional development for school administrators and literacy leaders with Irene Fountas and Cindy Downend.

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Literacy Leadership Team Institute

This institute focuses on working with leadership teams around effective literacy programs. The institute is separated by grade level - Primary (K–2) or Intermediate/Middle School (3–8).

Primary Team (K–2) / Intermediate/Middle School Team (3–8)

Thank you for providing exceptional professional development. Our district is just beginning/scratching the surface of our journey. Thank you for being the ignitor to the fire. I believe the team(s) are ready and willing.
Coleen Randall, Grade 1 Teacher, Middleborough, MA
If you have any questions, please contact the Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative.