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Early Literacy Professional Development


​​​​​Check out our Introductory-Intermediate or Intermediate-Advanced interactive professional learning sessions that are offered on a variety of topics from early literacy through secondary English language arts instruction. Meeting the double demand of being both practical and understood in principled ways, our sessions encourage participants to internalize their learning, try things out, and reflect upon new ways of doing and being.

All of the workshops below can be customized for your district. Please contact Cynthia Craft​ for more information. 

Introductory-Intermediate Standards Implementation

Current Offerings

Click the links below for more information and to register for these events.

Running RecordsFlier for the using running records as formative assessment, on April 26, 2018 Workshops

In these sessions participants will analyze reading using running records. Participants will practice examining running records for evidence of sources of information used and neglected by reading in Spanish and English. Also, participants will apply running records as a part of the formative assessment process to guide their instruction.participants will practice looking fro trends and patterns across language in order to determine next steps for instruction.


Intermediate-Advanced Standards Implementation

Current Offerings


Flier for the New Intervention Models for Struggling Readers Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM), starting August 2017

The San Diego County Office of Education now offers CIM, a portfolio of literacy interventions, in partnership with St. Mary's College Kalmanovitz School of Education. Develop expertise in any or all of these interventions: 

            •  Reading Recovery (grade 1)
            •  Guided Reading Plus (grades 1-6)
            •  Comprehension Focus Group (grades 3-12)
            •  Dyslexia Intervention ( grades 1-3)

Flier for the Dyslexia Intervention, starting May 2, 2018
Dyslexia Intervention

During this two-day professional learning, teachers will explore an intervention for targeted students who experience moderate to severe difficulties with literacy development, including dyslexia. The multisensory lesson components include phonological awareness, reading and writing. One Graduate university unit available for an additional $310.




Flier for the Guided Reading Plus Intervention, starting May 22, 2018
Guided Reading Plus Intervention, Grades K-2

In this course, participants will learn the intervention framework and the specialized procedures for implementing Guided Reading Plus as a component of Comprehensive Intervention Model developed by the Center for Literacy at UALR., During each 8 week cycle of Guided Reading Plus, teachers will work with small-groups at least three times per week using a range of diagnostic student assessments to monitor student's process during the intervention. Certification from St. Mary's College is available for an extra fee.


Reading Recovery On-going Professional Learning for Trained Reading Recovery Teachers for 1st Grade

In this session, teachers will have the opportunities to:

  • Observe lessons
  • Network with expert teachers
  • Course meets the 4 to 6 sessions required per year by the RRCNA

Network with teachers trained in Reading Recovery for their own on-going professional learning. This session will begin to meet the Reading Recovery Council of North America's (RRCNA) standards and guidelines requiring trained Reading Recovery teachers attend 4 to 6 sessions per year.  

Reading Recovery Re-Certification Course for 1st Grade

This course is designed for Reading Recovery trained teachers who need to be re-certified in Reading Recovery.  Teachers who were trained in Reading Recovery in 2014-15 and did not teach Reading Recovery students in 2015-16.  This course will use the newer editions of Literacy Lessons Designed for Individuals and An Observation Survey of Early Literacy Achievement.