2016-2017 Graduate Academic Catalog

The Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative

The Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative (CRRLC) at Lesley University is dedicated to providing high quality professional development to administrators, literacy coaches, classroom teachers, and other literacy teachers and specialists. Reading Recovery® is a reading intervention designed to help first graders who find literacy learning difficult achieve average grade-level proficiency in 12 to 20 weeks. Literacy Collaborative, a whole-school literacy model, is a comprehensive, standards-based approach to teaching that brings together teachers, teacher leaders, literacy coaches, school leadership teams, and school and district administrators to support the district's literacy vision. Districts make a long-term commitment to implement and sustain the model by supporting two years of initial coursework, followed by annual ongoing professional development.

The CRLCC's new Graduate Certificate in Developing Systematic Language and Literacy Expertise (K-8) is an18-credit online certificate program, distinguished by its systematic focus on building an integrated approach to literacy across all of the important elements of instructional practice. A prominent feature of the program is its application of Clay's complex theory of literacy learning and its use of The Continuum of Literacy Learning K-8: A Guide to Teaching developed by Fountas and Pinnell.

The CRLCC supports improvement in literacy outcomes for students PreK-8 with a variety of other professional development opportunities such as literacy institutes and conferences, on-site offerings for schools and districts, and graduate courses in specific aspects of literacy teaching. For information on current offerings, go to Center for Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative.