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Empower educators to become literacy leaders

Our Model for Effective Professional Development

Research shows that educators who receive professional learning on a comprehensive and ongoing basis can increase their students’ achievement levels by over 20%. That is why our professional learning was designed to be ongoing and features both opportunities to practice as well as follow-up coaching and support.

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Literacy Professional Development

Through courses, coaching, and collaborative communities of practice, we provide comprehensive support to help educators turn instructional strategies into action for the betterment of their students.

Learn more about how our combination of research-based instruction, collaboration, practice, and coaching can help you build capacity and meet district literacy outcomes.

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In-person and online courses set the context for learning, providing the framework for key instruction, concepts and methods.

Launch Workshops for the Audiobook Solution and Excite Reading™
Follow-Up Workshops for educators using the Audiobook Solution or Excite Reading™

  • Integrating and Planning
  • Building Comprehension Through Read-Aloud/Think-Alouds
  • Supporting Social-Emotional Learning
  • Developing Impactful Vocabulary Practice
  • Motivating Emerging Readers
  • Motivating Struggling Readers
  • Creating an Inclusive Learning Environment
  • Purposeful Inclusion of Text Sets in the Classroom

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Dyslexia Awareness for Leaders

Communities of Practice

Collaborative Communities of Practice tap into a district’s expertise, with educators sharing problems or practices to deepen understanding and use over time.

  • Cohorts of peers tackle collective issues and test refinements
  • Draw on colleagues’ experience and ideas for feedback into improved implementation
  • Collaboratively tap research and resources to elevate instructional practice
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Instructional Coaching

Individual and small-group coaching provides personalized experience to help educators deepen instructional strategies and practice to support student growth.

  • Personalized support to promote continuous improvement over time
  • Master facilitators model high-impact instructional activities
  • Ongoing mentoring to enhance capacity for stronger student outcomes

Webinars and Events Calendar for Educators

In addition to Professional Learning courses, Learning Ally has ongoing events for educators to receive Continuing Education Certificates (CEC's), some events are even complimentary.

Exploring the 2023 Literacy Landscape: Building Reading Resolutions for the New Year

Wednesday, January 25, 2023 2:00 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) to Wednesday, January 25, 2023 3:00 PM (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Location: Online

Join Learning Ally’s Dr. Molly Ness and literacy experts Natalie Wexler and Dr. Katie Pace Miles as they explore the latest research and conversations helping to shape the literacy landscape for K-12 educators. Build literacy resolutions for 2023 that allow you to capitalize on the halfway point in the school year, reset priorities, and identify practices that will shape the remainder of the year. Come together as a community of educators to build a stronger literacy future for our students.

Our objectives include:

  • Explore the latest research shaping the literacy landscape;
  • Discover new practices and strategies to impact how students learn to read; and
  • Share in the love of literacy and the passion for supporting students.


Owned by Eleanor Cotton On Tuesday, January 24, 2023

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