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The TCRWP provides a wide range of professional development services, from in-school staff development devoted to implementation of reading and writing workshops and content area literacy instruction to day-long workshops, week-long institutes, and year-long study groups. Requests to work with the Project exceed our capacity, but we regularly forge relationships with new schools and are eager to talk with you about that possibility. For more information about receiving professional development services from the TCRWP in your school or district, please email us at

In schools our work includes:

a sequence of around 10-25 school-based staff development days, spaced throughout the year. Usually this work involves the entire faculty and focuses on reading, writing, and content area literacy. Often a school or district selects one focus as a starting point. Staff developers tend to divide their time on each of these days between:

  • leading state-of-the-art demonstration teaching within classrooms;
  • coaching teachers, providing feedback and next-step goals;
  • helping teachers use and learn from systems of assessment (including performance assessments);
  • preparing teachers to teach units of study in reading and/or writing;
  • helping teachers support students with particular needs.

Other options for site-based staff development include day-long workshops devoted to the implementation of Units of Study in Opinion/Argument, Information, and Narrative Writing, K-8, Units of Study for Teaching Reading, K-5, content area literacy, response to intervention, English language learners, supporting students with IEPs, data analysis, quality reviews, integrating media and technology into classroom practices, and author visits.

At Teachers College our work includes:

  • study groups to support literacy coaches, teachers of ELLs, teachers who support struggling readers or learners with IEPs, teachers interested in exploring a particular topic, and administrators;
  • a variety of day-long workshops to support teachers, literacy coaches, teaching assistants, paraprofessionals, and families across the school year;
  • four week-long summer institutes; two in the teaching of reading and two in the teaching of writing;
  • coaching Institutes designed to provide participants with the tools, techniques, mentors, and intellectual community to lead state-of-the-art staff development and data-based literacy leadership;
  • a Content Area Institute that highlights the TCRWP’s latest thinking about content area literacy and instruction;
  • an Argument Institute that develops opinion and argumentative writing in Grades 3-8;
  • a K-2 Reading Units of Study Institute that focuses on the new Reading Series along with methods and tools that help strengthen the teaching of reading in the primary grades.

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