Train to become a literacy coach and support your colleagues in teaching literacy.  

This intensive 10-day training over 4 months is for literacy coaches and instructional leaders who want to better understand their role in schools. We'll support you as you gain expertise in helping teachers with their reading and writing instruction.

Take the course on the Lesley University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts or at your school with a group of colleagues.

  • On Campus: 
    • Days 1-4: August 13–16, 2018
    • Days 5-7: October 9–11, 2018
    • Days 8-10: November 28–30, 2018
  • At Your School: For a group, by request 

Develop your partnership with school administrators to support teachers. Gain techniques to help develop coaching sessions for teachers and monitor progress over time. We'll discuss how to use language with teachers that promotes trust and learning. Also, you'll learn how to create a healthy, professional learning community in your school.

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

  • Course Outcomes
    • Identify the critical attributes of a healthy, professional learning community for adult learners and how to build it for your school.
    • Examine the coach's partnership with school administrators to support teacher development.
    • Discover methods of organizing effective ongoing note-taking for coaches by setting up coaching notebooks and monitoring teacher development over time.
    • Design an effective coaching session with a teacher: pre-lesson conference, classroom visit, post-conference/coaching session.
    • Employ generative coaching to support teacher independence.
    • Learn how to use language that opens conversation and promotes trust as well as the analysis of teaching and its effects on learning.
    • Use observational tools to sharpen the analysis of the teaching of reading and writing.
    • Select particular kinds of coaching to meet the needs of specific teachers: intervention, collaborative, and cluster coaching as well as individual coaching.
    • Link coaching sessions to professional development to get a shift in teaching.
    • Analyze a coaching conversation before and after a lesson with colleagues to get immediate and thoughtful feedback.
  • Course Assignments

    You'll have many hands-on opportunities for coaching scenarios through role playing. For homework, you'll try out a collegial interaction and record it. Then, bring the recorded clips to share as a part of the training. We'll give you details about your assignment during the first week of training. 

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On-Campus Option

Aug. 13-16, Oct. 9-11, & Nov. 28-30, 2018
8:30 am–3:30 pm
Lesley University, 1815 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA. Find a place to stay.

Noncredit (60 professional development hours)

3 or 6 Graduate Credits (with assignment + fees)

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At Your School Option

We can deliver this 10-day course in your school district for a group. Take the course for noncredit to get 60 professional development hours, or earn 3 or 6 graduate credits with an assignment and fee.

  • Group size: 25–50
  • Noncredit: $2,950/person
  • Credit: 3 credits: $5,990 or 6 credits: $8,890 ($2,950 + $1,000/credit + $40 registration fee) 
  • Cost includes professional texts and materials.
  • Additional fees: Presenter's travel expenses
  • Inquire about professional development at your school.
“The networking with other experts has been very helpful. I found [the faculty's] facilitation and presentations very strong and applicable to my current role.”
Stephen Metzger, Literacy Specialist, Erie 2 Chautauqua-Cattaraugus BOCES, NY

Cancellation Deadlines & Refund Policies

Noncredit On Campus

You must cancel in writing by July 30, 2018 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

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

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