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Literacy Instruction Services

Teachers 21 provides customized professional development for schools and districts dealing with all aspects of literacy instruction in PreK-12 classrooms. Our literacy work with schools focuses on how educators can increase reading and writing achievement and engagement for all students. Our work with educators is designed to:

  1. Deepen administrators', coaches' and teachers' knowledge base of how to teach reading and writing grounded in current research
  2. Support sustainable change among teachers, literacy coaches, and administrators
  3. Promote embedded learning opportunities for professionals tailored to the strengths and needs of individual educators, schools and districts
  4. Improve achievement for all students


Our Approach to Literacy

Our customized approach, based on the needs of each client, often includes a blend of:

  • Instructional leadership development and strategic planning to launch and sustain shifts in instructional practices
  • Identification and alignment of school-wide beliefs and practices for effective literacy instruction
  • Examination of relevant current research and methodologies
  • Modeling of instructional approaches in classrooms
  • Job-embedded instructional coaching to support application of professional learning
  • PLC coaching to support design and implementation of effective literacy instruction, lesson-study, and use of meaningful / actionable assessments of student literacy learning


Sample Services

A sampling of some areas we frequently focus on with clients includes:

  • instructional approaches aligned to the common core
  • launching young readers and writers (Grades PreK-2)
  • developing the intermediate reader and writer (grades 3-8)
  • reading and writing across curriculum content areas (grades K-12)
  • reading specialist and literacy coach skill development
  • strategies for unlocking student engagement and learning
    • genre studies (persuasive, informative/explanatory, poetic and narrative reading and writing)
    • close reading approaches
    • reading and writing assessment practices
    • word study / vocabulary development
    • launching and sustaining reading and writing workshops
    • teacher and peer conferencing
    • readers' and writers' notebooks
    • methodologies that increase student engagement, independence, and ownership of learning
    • early intervention practices
    • flexible small group instructional practices