PLL offers a wide variety of workshops and conferences that focus on current research and instruction in literacy. 

Professional Learning funds running a little low?  Thanks to generous donors, PLL offers a limited scholarship opportunity for each event.  Please email for more information

See below for our list of offerings:

Partnerships for Literacy and Learning

The Many Faces of Literacy Instruction

A New Spring Course!  The Many Faces of Literacy Instruction course, taught by Ellen A. Thompson, will bring sensibility to all that is needed in our literacy instruction to encourage and produce readers who really are engaged in their reading.  As teachers we balance what is needed to make each learner successful.  Using the text, Distance Learning Playbook,

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Vocabulary Is Comprehension

Spring of 2021 – We are excited to offer Vocabulary is Comprehension, a course taught by Ellen A. Thompson, for teachers of students in grades 3-8! A student’s ability to read depends largely on the size and quality of his or her vocabulary. However, despite that fact, vocabulary instruction has not evolved to the same degree as

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Struggling Adolescent Readers (for Homeschooling)

Presenter: Lisa V. Driver  Ed.D. Date:  January 14, 2021 Location: Online Time: 3:00 – 3:45 Cost: $25 After you’ve viewed this video, (video link) join Lisa as she follows up her discussion on struggling adolescent readers.  Helping your adolescent reader at home can be a challenge!  Lisa will share strategies and tips to help motivate and engage

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“We-Do” Writing: Maximizing Practice to Develop Independent Writers

Presenter: Leah Mermelstein Dates: January 7, January 21, February 11, February 18, March 18, 2021 Location: ZOOM Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm Cost: $45/session or $200 for the series Teaching writing in K-4 just got simpler! Using her work from her upcoming new book, Leah Mermelstein will show us how to focus instruction on the skills that matter most, and

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Literacy Coaching in Our Current World

Presenters: Ellen A. Thompson & Gayle Moskowitz Dates: Feb 1, Mar 22, Apr 5, Apr 26 (3:30 – 4:45) Location: ONLINE – Zoom Cost: $200 Right now, schools are facing incredible challenges, especially when considering how we are tailoring our instruction to face-to-face, online, and hybrid models.  Individual teachers are working diligently within their systems to respond

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Fall Course: Teaching Literacy Now

This online course will allow participants to consider the vital components of effective teaching and what we know all learners need to be successful, no matter their learning environment.  The use of an intentional design, purposeful learning materials, evidenced based reading instruction, along with the strategic groupings of students based on data combine to create powerful learning

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