What We Do

The overarching goal of PLL’s on-site school support  is to improve student literacy by enhancing teacher and administrator knowledge, expertise, and practice. We draw on many national and local studies that provide evidence of best practices in school improvement. Our response to schools in a highly adaptive way in order to meet their distinct needs. This distinction and customization of approach is central to the project’s success and sets it apart from other school improvement models.

PLL offers a highly effective model for facilitating school change through the lens of literacy. Our consultants use a collaborative process for school leaders and teachers to identify and prioritize their needs, develop and implement action plans to respond to those needs, provide ongoing monitoring of plan outcomes, and recommend strategies to sustain meaningful change. Our consultants are skilled at helping schools find effective levers for change that support leadership, teachers, students, and the school system as a whole. We pay particular attention to the needs of teachers to foster a more collaborative culture of instruction, assessment, and reflection. We honor teachers as professionals and engage them in self-reflection about their collective work in ways that schools don’t usually have time to do. Our role is not to “fix” a school, but instead, to facilitate and guide change that is defined and embraced by the school leaders and teachers in the following core areas:

  • Commitment to Systemic Improvement
  • Teacher Expertise
  • Responsive School Community
  • Opportunities to Read and Write
  • Assessment

Partnerships for Literacy and Learning
We address these core areas by doing a needs assessment, identifying high leverage goals and creating an action plan.  Using the data, we develop a tailored professional learning plan for the school or district.  Our consultants support the identified goals and actions throughout the school year in a number of ways, including: 

  • Coaching
  • Demonstration lessons 
  • Observations and Feedback
  • PLC facilitation
  • Inservice presentations
  • Mentoring literacy leaders