“To create schools where all children learn to read and write, schools must become sites where teachers more often work collegially in a problem-solving framework focused on improving instructional practice…Creating such support for teacher professional development is the first step toward creating that school where all children become readers and writers.”
– Allington and Cunningham, 1996, Schools That Work: Where All Children Read and Write.
CLEAR’s goal is to provide K-12 teachers across content areas, as well as administrators, with high quality professional development that not only builds participants’ knowledge and skills related to literacy, but does so in a sustainable, supportive way. Most of our training opportunities occur over multiple days to give participants time to implement strategies and practices in their classrooms, then reflect and problem solve with workshop leaders to solidify understandings and truly impact instruction. We know that the long-term relationships that CLEAR builds with educators make the greatest impact. As you think about the specific areas that would benefit from additional services, support, or resources, please consider how CLEAR might work with you and your colleagues onsite at your school or district to design professional development that meets your unique needs.
NOTE: Purdue University no longer trains Reading Recovery Teachers.
Schools that are building their Leadership Team might want to send their instructional leaders to K-12 Literacy Coach Training. Participants who wish to attain an in-depth understanding of the literacy process and how to support fellow teachers in their practice would benefit from this series. Utilizing the inquiry approach, literacy coaches will learn how to engage in thoughtful dialogue with colleagues to facilitate effective classroom practices that lead to increased student motivation and achievement. Participants in this training will also spend time analyzing, interpreting, and reflecting on student data, including assessment and observational, to better inform instruction.
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Customized, or Designed, Professional Development partners a CLEAR professional development specialist with a school or district who requests individualized, ongoing professional development opportunities on-site. The CLEAR instructor and school or district administrators work together to design professional development opportunities for specific teacher and student populations. The CLEAR instructor travels to the school to provide individualized workshops, demonstration lessons in classrooms, and visits with teachers and administrators. A combination of on-site instruction and online distance training is available.
CLEAR has provided high quality professional development for a number of schools and districts. Some of our Designed Professional Development has involved:
Above is just a sample of the work CLEAR is doing across Indiana with schools and districts just like yours.
If you are interested in learning more about Designed Professional Development for your school or district, please send an e-mail including your name and title, your school or district name and address, and your contact information including phone number and e-mail to our office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also include a brief description on what type of individualized professional development you are seeking. We look forward to helping your school or district meet your professional development needs.
"As a new coach at a new school, I felt incredibly overwhelmed before meeting with CLEAR for literacy training. After a week of readings and discussion, critical thinking, and looking at real-world applications for what we have practiced, I feel much more comfortable stepping into my new role."
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