Professional Learning Support Evaluation

Successful literacy initiatives in middle and high schools require exceptional expertise that supports the learning needs and strengths of faculty and builds leadership capacity.

Courses, webinars, one-on-one mentorship, and more


Building instructional leadership capacity can be challenging and takes time. Reading Ways offers resources for supporting instructional leadership across all aspects of our work with partner schools.

Our 15-hour online literacy leadership course introduces staff members to our framework for adult professional development and provides an overview of our perspective on disciplinary literacy.

Reading Ways hosts webinars with leading authors, researchers, and school leaders on themes related to school leadership. Each webinar includes open discussions about what their ideas mean for your school community. ​

Courses, webinars, resources, and more

Professional Learning for teachers

Students need robust reading comprehension skills to tackle rigorous content in high school and beyond. Superficial attempts to import basic reading strategies from English classes into math, history, and science settings have largely failed. Although teachers have access to countless strategies, locating high-quality resources and knowing how to apply them purposefully in the classroom can be challenging.

Reading Ways also offers keynote events, as well as single-day or multi-day workshops (e.g., summer institutes) for groups of middle and high school teachers.

Reading Ways hosts webinars with authors, researchers, and teachers who are leading the way in adolescent literacy. Every webinar provides specific resources to use at your school.

We have selected research-based instructional strategies, sample text sets, discussion protocols, and word lists for teachers in each subject area. These resources are available in MS Word and PDF.

Our hybrid courses bring together videos, research, and instructional resources in an exceptional learning management system. Our online learning supports teams of teachers examining research, testing new practices and reflecting on what worked (and what did not).



Our model for professional learning is designed to improve your school’s in-house capabilities in a sustainable and lasting way. Reading Ways has developed this model based on years of professional experience and research into adult learning.

Our goals

School leaders: Learn how to implement Reading Ways

implementation guide

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Our program-implementation guide provides a detailed description of our courses, the implementation cycle, all of our programs and products, and a budget worksheet — everything a school leader needs to start building a multi-year literacy plan. Request yours now.

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Events and webinars

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This institute is designed to support instructional coaches in reviewing and collaboratively developing models for guiding teams of content-area educators as they learn about, design, and implement literacy instruction.

  • Thinking and working like a coach
  • Online institute
  • July 9th & 10th, 2020
  • 09-12 AM EST

In this institute, we will explore how we can effectively support adolescents in developing disciplinary reading/writing/thinking skills at the middle and high school levels.

  • Disciplinary Literacy and the Challenge of Adolescent Reading
  • Online institute
  • June 29th, 30th, & July 1st, 2020
  • 09-12 AM EST

Register here for our next live online presentation with one of our founders dr. Joshua lawrence. We will walk you through each step of our literacy leadership course and describe how we will support you in making and implementing a whole school action plan!

  • Literacy Leadership Course
  • Online webinar
  • Tuesday 3rd of March
  • 11 AM EST

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