Professional Development

This page has information about all of our professional development, both Literacy Collaborative training and professional development open to all K-8 teachers. For current professional development offerings and to begin the registration process visit our registration site.

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Literacy Professional Development 2017-18 at The Ohio State University (PDF)

Literacy Collaborative Brochure (PDF)

Literacy Collaborative Professional Development

Intensive professional development (230 hours) across 12-15 months that prepares a literacy coach to implement the Literacy Collaborative Framework in a school. Literacy Coaches develop the capacity to train other teachers on-site at the building level through professional development and coaching.

Team Planning is for a leadership group which will support and monitor the implementation of Literacy Collaborative or is focused on increasing achievement within their school.

Principals' Academy is designed for administrators, superintendents and curriculum leaders in Literacy Collaborative schools or those considering joining the Literacy Collaborative network.

Study the key role of the principal, how children learn to read and write, ways to support the Literacy Coach, how to quickly appraise the classroom environment, and how to increase student achievement. Learn to use evaluation tools that will help you monitor progress in teaching and learning as you support implementation of Literacy Collaborative.

Next Session:
  • September 19-20, 2017
  • October 24-25, 2017
  • December 5-6, 2017
  • Primary Professional Development.
  • Intermediate Professional Development
  • On-Site Professional Development (See below)
  • District Level Support (See below)
  • Single Site Visit (See below)

Begin your literacy professional development here!

  • June 5-7, 2018 (Choose primary or intermediate when registering.)

Three days of intensive study to prepare educators to improve K-6 reading achievement. Instructional contexts include: interactive read aloud, guided reading, reading workshop, writing about reading, and word study.

Academy for Literacy Coaches

Prepares individuals to coach teachers in reading and writing. Participants will learn how to work with teachers to help them become more effective in their classroom practice.

Please bring the follwing required texts with you: Systems for Change by Lyons & Pinnell, The Continuum of Literacy Learning Pre-K through 8 by Fountas & Pinnell, and Teaching for Comprehending and Fluency by Fountas & Pinnell.

  • Sept. 5-7, 2017
  • Oct. 10-12, 2017
  • Nov. 7-8, 2017


Increase the rigor in literacy instruction for intermediate students by engaging them in genre study. Using a workshop approach, they will use the info and understandings gained through exploring a genre as a reader to write their own effective, compelling pieces of narrative, expository, and persuasive texts.

Required Text: Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction & Nonfiction Books by Fountas and Pinnell (published by Heinemann)

Learn how to use theoretically-based, fundamental teaching practices to support readers and writers in an integrated, balanced approach to teaching literacy grades K-2 as related to the Common Core Standards. Videotaped teaching examples and interactive sessions will provide you with ideas to strengthen literacy learning starting the first day of school.

Required Text: Guiding K-3 Writers to Independence: The New Essentials

Sep 19-21, 2017 | $725

Intentional teaching through Guided Reading (K-2) — teaching that results in powerful shifts in student reading is the focus of this Institute. Participants will engage in an in-depth study of the components of Guided Reading, teaching for strategic actions, and managing the classroom. Video samples will be reviewed and analyzed.

Fountas & Pinnell’s newly published, Guided Reading, Second Edition: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades is included in registration.

Participation in this three-day Institute is a prerequisite for GR Institute 2.

Bring Text: Continuum of Literacy Learning PreK-8

Jan 24-25, 2018 | $475 (Price Increases to $550 on 01/01/18 — Register Now to Beat Price Increase)

This two-day K-2 Institute builds upon the foundations of learning addressed in Institute 1. A deeper study of teaching for strategic actions within, beyond, and about the text - as well as across the components of the Guided Reading lesson will be explored. Meeting the diverse needs of students, within the context of Guided Reading, will also be investigated.

Pre-requisite: Must attend GR Institute 1 first.

Bring Text: Continuum of Literacy Learning PreK-8 (Fountas & Pinnell)

Bring Text: Guided Reading 2nd Ed: Responsive Teaching Across the Grades (Fountas & Pinnell)

Sep 12-14, 2017 | $650

Three-day 3-8 Institute

May 1-2, 2018 | $550

Primary — Grades K-3. How do you support the literacy needs of the students in your summer school classroom? This institute will equip summer school teachers with the tools needed to impact students' literacy learning. The focus of this institute will be on guided reading, interactive read aloud and writing about reading in order to support strategic actions and the comprehension of texts. Attendees must bring the "Continuum of Literacy Learning Grades PreK-8." Foci: Guided Reading, IRA, Writing About Reading

May 22-23, 2018 | $550

Wondering how to engage writers in powerful ways within a writing workshop? This professional development will offer you the opportunity to experience a writing workshop within a community of learners. Additionally, learn how to begin a workshop with your writers, along with making instructional decisions to continue to guide learners within the writing process through minilessons, guided writing, and conferring with writers

Participants should bring required text: Fountas and Pinnell (2017). "The Fountas and Pinnell literacy continuum, expanded edition: A tool for assessment, planning, and teaching PK-8." Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Please also bring a writer's notebook (a blank notebook or one you have already started).

Benchmark Assessment Training

BAS Training for Kits 1 & 2

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The Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System is a critical tool for linking assessment to small group and individual reading instruction. Participants will learn how to standardize the administration, coding, scoring, and analysis of the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System. Required materials: Benchmark Assessment System.

It is recommended that you bring Benchmark Assessment System, Third Edition.

Two-day professional development.

Leveled Literacy Intervention K-2 & 3-8

Leveled Literacy Intervention (Teaching Struggling Readers K-2 and 3-8) focuses on implementing a small group intervention for students who find reading and writing difficult to learn. Children selected for LLI are the lowest achievers who are not currently receiving a one-on-one intervention such as Reading Recovery.

Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell have developed an intervention model that can be implemented in any school. A teacher works with three students for a period of 18 weeks with the goal of bringing them to grade level. It is designed to supplement a good classroom literacy program and Reading Recovery as part of a comprehensive literacy approach.

LLI for K-2

LLI for 3-8

Professional Development Brochure (PDF).

Literacy In The Content Area

Middle Level - One Day

What do teachers in grades 6-8 need to know about teaching literacy in the content areas? How can the Common Core State Standards be integrated into my content area? Find out how to teach readers to read informational text strategically and support writers in creating written arguments and informative/explanatory texts that deepen their comprehension of content.

Please bring informational texts that you plan to share with your students with you.

Materials included: Strategies for Writing in the Social Studies Classroom by Kathleen Kopp (Maupin House, 2012) and Strategies for Writing in the Science Classroom by Kathleen Kopp (Maupin, 2011).

Middle Level Literacy Workshop | Developing Middle School Readers & Writers

Get an overview of a literacy framework created for middle schoolers with the requirements of the Common Core State Standards in mind. Participants will actively participate in a genre study. Increase the rigor in literacy instruction for middle schoolers by engaging them in the reading & writing processes through a workshop approach designed just for them. Readers delve into the study of fiction & nonfiction texts through an inquiry approach. Then they will use the information and understandings gained through genre study to write their own effective, compelling pieces of narrative, expository, and persuasive text.

Genre Study: Teaching with Fiction and Nonfiction Books by Fountas & Pinnell (published by Heinemann) is a required text.

On-Site Professional Development (Open to all schools)

On-Site Professional Development is offered by The Ohio State University Literacy Collaborative staff. Our trainers have expertise in the following areas:


Reading Workshop

  • Guided Reading
  • Managed Independent Learning

Writing Workshop

  • Writing Conferences
  • Independent Writing
  • Guided Writing
  • Small Group Interactive Writing

Language & Word Study

  • Interactive Read Aloud
  • Shared Reading
  • Community Writing (Shared Writing & Interactive Writing)
  • Phonics/Word Study/Spelling
  • Storytelling
  • Handwriting

Literacy Coaching

  • Coaching


Reading Workshop

  • Independent Reading
  • Guided Reading
  • Literature Study

Writing Workshop

  • Independent Writing
  • Guided Writing
  • Investigations

Language & Word Study

  • Interactive read Aloud
  • Word Study
  • Modeled or Shared Reading / Writing
  • Readers' Theater / Process Drama
  • Choral Reading
  • Poetry Sharing / Response
  • Interactive Edit / Vocabulary
  • Test Reading and Writing

Literacy Coaching

  • Coaching

Middle Level

Literacy Workshop

  • Genre Study
  • Reading Workshop
  • Writing Workshop
  • Word & Vocabulary Study
  • Literacy in the Content Area

Literacy Coaching

  • Coaching

For more information on arranging On-Site Professional Development, please contact: Marsha Levering, Executive Director, Phone: 614-688-4977 Email: Marsha Levering

District Level Support

District Level Support will be designed and customized with careful consideration for the specific needs of a district. Services may include but are not limited to:

  • Assessing data
  • Site visits
  • Presentations on reading/writing
  • Literacy teaching
  • Coaching support
  • Designing an in-depth study on coaching

For more information on arranging District Level Support, please contact: Marsha Levering, Executive Director, Phone: 614-688-4977 Email: Marsha Levering.

Single Site Visit

A primary or intermediate literacy expert will come to your site to work with appropriate personnel to help increase literacy achievement in your school/district. For more information on arranging Single Site Visits, please contact: Marsha Levering, Executive Director, Phone: 614-688-4977 Email: Marsha Levering