Leadership keynotes and workshops

Leadership keynotes and workshops 2021-07-05

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Collaboratively develop models for guiding teams of content-area educators as they learn about, design, and implement literacy instruction.

Reading Ways offers keynote presentations, as well as daylong and multi-day workshops (e.g., summer institutes). We offer both in-person and online options.

Cost: $1,200/day (plus travel expenses)

We have briefings for principals who are beginning to implement Reading Ways and presentations on instructional leadership and coaching. We describe some of the themes that we often present below. In 2021, co-founder Josh Lawrence presented at the Ohio Literacy Academy. In his presentation on the Role of the Administrator(see presentation below) he explains key components necessary for administrators to build a literacy culture in their schools.

Presentations Related to Instructional Leadership


We work with small and large groups to review and collaboratively develop models for guiding teams of content-area educators as they learn about, design, and implement literacy instruction. Workshop participants will collaboratively explore the challenges and possibilities inherent in literacy leadership. Typically, participants will review the following themes as a part of our kick-off event, keynote, or workshop: the technical and adaptive aspects of literacy-professional learning initiatives; a continuum of coaching moves designed to support teachers at different stages of their careers and with different degrees of comfort with literacy work; a continuum of discussion-based protocols for guiding teacher learning; and models of coaching individuals and groups to foster inquiry and collaboration.


Essential Questions​

  • What are the roles of key stakeholders--teachers, teacher leaders, instructional coaches, and administrators--in supporting disciplinary literacy instructional change?
  • What do we already know, and what might we need to learn about launching and sustaining disciplinary literacy professional learning initiatives?
  • How can we leverage a variety of professional learning tools (e.g., discussion-based protocols, video, readings, inquiry cycles, classroom visits, etc.) to best support teams of content-area teachers in doing their best work?
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