A Prekindergarten Through 3rd Grade Professional Development Initiative

Language and Literacy Partners (LLP) support teachers and administrators in adopting and refining instructional practices that cultivate young children’s literacy skills. Our Balanced Literacy Framework is specifically designed to support PreK – 3rd grade teams through an in-depth study of literacy practices that supports:

  • Listening and speaking
  • Reading and writing
  • Home language and dialect and the academic language of school
  • Skill learning and high-level thinking
  • Whole group and small group instruction with individual conferring and conversation
  • School and home partnerships

As schools across Illinois work to provide the best experience possible for children, LLP continues to offer just-in-time support designed to meet current challenges administrators and teachers are facing in this unprecedented school year. We are offering two NEW professional development series to begin in late October:

New Teacher Professional Development Series

  • New Teacher Professional Development Series focuses on the implementing of a balanced literacy model in the K-3rd grade classroom. Teachers in their first few years of teaching and teachers new to balanced literacy will examine the foundations of literacy for young children and reading and writing routines through a series of professional development learning labs, PLCs guided by a coach, and individual coaching sessions. Interested? Contact Sarah Morrow at [email protected] for more info or click here to register, early bird discounts available until October 12th. (view PDF overview)

Literacy Instruction in Remote Learning Series

  • Literacy Instruction in Remote Learning Series is an intensive in-depth series exploring different aspect of literacy, focusing on the standards to prioritize, the balanced literacy instructional routine to use in remote learning to accelerate learning, and how to effectively use technology with our youngest learners. Teachers will immediately apply knowledge to remote teaching and the ideas will bridge back into the classroom when returning to in-person teaching. Select a 4-part (literacy only) or 6-part (literacy and technology focus) series option. Interested? Contact Sarah Morrow at [email protected] or click here for more info, early bird discounts available until October 12th. (view PDF overview)