Literacy Leadership Development

The Literacy Leadership Development Institute for Principals will equip leaders to utilize research-documented strategies to improve literacy achievement (Wagner et al., 2006). Leaders must understand the components of a comprehensive literacy program as well as the leadership essentials that are needed to improve teaching and learning.

Each session is designed to place a laser focus on improving teaching, learning, and instructional leadership in literacy. Administrators participating in these sessions will have an opportunity to learn with other leaders and develop a deeper understanding about the connection between their leadership and literacy achievement in their school buildings.

Literacy Leadership Development comprises 10 sessions. A district can receive all sessions or customize sessions for their district leaders.

Session 1

Building a Firm Literacy Foundation: Understanding of ELA Common Core State Standards and Research Review of Progressive Practices in Literacy.

Session 2

Leadership Principles: Habits of Effective Literacy Leaders

Session 3

Understanding Literacy Instruction Frameworks

Session 4

Literacy Leaders Understand Policy Advocacy: Independent Student Reading

Session 5

Comprehension Instruction: The Goal of all Reading is Understanding

Session 6

Vocabulary Development and Growth

Session 7

Literacy in the Content Areas

Session 8

Technology Supports Literacy

Session 9

Literacy Assessment and Data Analysis

Session 10

Community Partnerships and Creative Financing to Support Literacy

Literacy Professional Development
and Training for Instructional
Coaches and Classroom Teachers

ELA Common Core State Standards: Taking It to the Literacy Block

Description: The new ELA CCSS insist that instruction in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language be a shared responsibility within the school. Teachers must understand WHAT the new English Language Arts standards require and HOW to provide standards based instruction during the Literacy Block.

Comprehension Instruction: Developing a Common Comprehension Language

Description: The goal of all reading is understanding. Participants will learn how to facilitate effective comprehension instruction that results in students becoming highly engaged and strategic readers who are equipped to make meaning from the texts they read.

Implementation of a Structured Independent Student Reading Program

Description: Regardless of gender and economic background, the volume of reading a student engages in is a strong predictor of his or her reading comprehension and reading fluency. Participants will learn the crucial components required to provide an effective, structured independent student reading program in buildings and classrooms.

Vocabulary Instruction: The Wonderful World of Words

Description: There is a strong connection between a student’s vocabulary and their comprehension of text. Participants will learn teaching strategies and student activities that help build student’s word consciousness and expand their speaking, reading and writing vocabularies.

Creating and Organizing a Literacy Rich Classroom Environment

Description: A successful literacy classroom has specific and identifiable characteristics that are conducive for literacy instruction. Participants will learn how to create a classroom culture and community that prioritizes the key components of Literacy: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

Literacy Across the Curriculum: Content Area Teachers are Literacy Teachers

Description: Literacy instruction is a shared responsibility within a school. Educators must be equipped to help students become successful consumers of informational text. Participants will learn instructional routines that will facilitate greater understanding of expository texts.

Literacy 101: Understanding Balanced & Comprehensive Literacy Instruction

Description: Educators must understand the characteristics and components of a balanced approach to literacy instruction. Participants will learn how to organize for effective literacy instruction utilizing a comprehensive view of literacy that includes explicit instruction, guided practice, collaborative learning and independent reading and writing opportunities.

High Yield Strategies Applied During the Literacy Block

Description: This professional development series is based upon the work of researchers Robert Marzano, Debra Pickering, and Jane Pollock in their book, Classroom Instruction that Works: Research-Based Strategies for Increasing Student Achievement. Participants will learn HOW to employ the research-based strategies during Reading/Language Arts instruction to increase student‘s literacy achievement.

Client Testimonials

L. Andrews,

Retired Assistant Superintendent
for Curriculum and Instruction

"It is with great respect that I offer my recommendation of Connection Consultants and the work of Dr. Karen Walker."
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L. Novak,

Director of Curriculum

"Connection Consultants offer
long term, reliable, research based
information that benefits teachers,
students and administrators."
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V. M. Watkins,

Director of Literacy

"It gives me great pleasure to share
how truly satisfied we have been with Connection Consultants. This company
has provided outstanding and extensive research-based literacy opportunities
for our intermediate classroom teachers."
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C. Willis,

4th Grade Classroom Teacher

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that I received in my classroom
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Services Overview

We provide literacy consultation for all key stake holders in the school community including a
few of the following areas:

  • Literacy Leadership Development
  • Literacy Curriculum Policy Formulation and Implementation
  • Long Term On-Site Staff
    Development and Training

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Senior Consultant

Dr. Karen P. Walker

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Operations Manager

Kimberly Rudd

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