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We believe that successful literacy initiatives must engage multiple stakeholders in systematic and reflective work towards a common goal. Courses and workshops taken by individual teachers may improve knowledge and understanding, but we must foster changes in practice collectively. Reading Ways offers flexible options for schools, depending on their current strategic goals. Our hybrid format allows us to offer a comprehensive set of solutions to your school or district for a low price.

For instructional leaders

How do we foster a culture of reflection and collaboration? How do we create a habit of continuous learning?

Providing instructional leadership across grade levels and content areas is challenging. Many schools rely on external coaches to introduce new instructional methods; usually, they discover that any resulting changes fade out when the external contract ends. Reading Ways is implemented by your literacy leadership. We put our efforts into building your school's instructional leadership capacity so that when our contracts end, your school is ready to sustain and extend the initiative.

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. ​

For teachers

What does it mean to be a critical reader in math, science, or history? What are the challenges of learning in digital environments? What strategies can I use to support argumentation?

We believe that middle and high school teachers are heroes. They are passionate about their content area and seeing their students thrive. Too often, the learning opportunities provided to these professionals is of poor quality. Not on our watch.

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).

For administrators and directors

Why are student scores “flat” in seventh grade? How should we roll out a literacy plan so that it does not compete with other district initiatives? How can we bring a new project to scale in our district or state?

Reading Ways is about bringing powerful learning to scale. Our leadership team has specialized training and experience in data analysis, research design, fiscal management, and large-scale implementation.

Whether you are just starting your project or need feedback on your final draft, our team can help you clearly present your vision and submit a viable grant application.

When teams of schools adopt this work simultaneously, it allows participants to extend their learning across sites in ways that are both efficient and cost-effective.​

School leaders: Learn how to implement Reading Ways

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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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