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“NLP has enabled me to look at literacy across the curriculum and look at new ways to infuse literacy. I also benefitted from the opportunity to hear the creative ways that other schools are working to enhance literacy at their schools.”

– Pinellas Literacy Leadership Project Participant


The National Literacy Project professionals have vast experience in educational presentations and services at all levels. Whether a keynote speaker is needed for a large professional conference or a group facilitator is needed to work with a small school department or grade level, NLP Partners can provide consultant experiences designed for any specified group dealing with literacy in all content areas within the school curriculum.

We believe that effective professional development involves educators being immersed in opportunities to learn about best practice, time to incorporate newly learned concepts in their schools and classrooms, and debriefing and collaboration on “lessons learned.” As a result, we encourage a systematic planning process for literacy enhancement within schools and districts requiring several sessions with follow up collegial discussions concerning classroom implementation and student achievement results.

NLP partners will design specific professional development to fit any school or district needs. The following topics can be structured as a two to three hour introduction to initiate educator interest, a three to five day intensive workshop to design curriculum and instruction for implementation in the classroom, or as a monthly series to enhance school best practice. NLP partners will review local evaluation systems, professional development plans and any additional mandates to assure participants that there is a seamless vision for classroom expectations. All professional development can be designed for district staff, school based administrators, literacy teams, coaches, academic department teams, and classroom teachers.

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  • Academic Disciplinary Literacy
  • Literacy Support Strategies
  • Independent Reading
  • Working with Struggling Readers
  • Academic Vocabulary
  • Navigating Complex Text
  • Using Multiple Texts
  • Text Dependent Questioning
  • Academic Writing
  • Voice Lessons for Reading and Writing
  • Writing Modes and Structures
  • Looking at Student Work
  • Scoring Student Writing

Student Engagement and Academic Success

  • Classroom Management for Student Engagement
  • Engaging Classroom Activities

Standards and Instruction

  • College and Career Readiness Standards

Literacy Leadership

  • Developing and Implementing a Literacy Action Plan
  • Sustaining a Literacy Initiative
  • Supporting Effective Literacy Instruction
  • School-based Administrator as Literacy Leader
  • Collaborative Planning for Effective Literacy Instruction

The NLP Literacy Leadership Process

For many years, NLP partners have worked with schools and districts to develop, implement, and monitor a literacy action plan designed specifically to meet the academic and literacy needs of their students. NLP has worked since 2000 in multiple schools and districts to build the capacity of teachers and administrators to implement systematic, systemic, and sustainable practices that directly impact improved literacy and learning of students in all classrooms. This process, described below, is central to our work with schools and districts.


Stage One: 
Get Your Literacy Improvement Effort Underway

  • Build an Effective Literacy Leadership Team
  • Create a Vision of a Literacy-Rich School
  • Establish and Communicate the Need for and Focus on Literacy Improvement

Stage Two:  

Conduct School Self-Assessment and Draft Literacy Action Goals

  • Identify the Strengths of Your School
  • Summarize Key Messages from your School Data
  • Assess Current School Implementation Using the Literacy Action Rubrics
  • Draft Literacy Action Goals

Stage Three: 
Develop Your Literacy Action Plan

  • Develop an Implementation Map for Each Literacy Action Goal
  • Solicit Feedback from School Community
  • Revise Literacy Action Goals Statements and Implementation Maps
  • Publish the Formal Literacy Action Plan

Stage Four: 
Implement the Plan and Monitor Progress Toward Goals

  • Organize for Action
  • Monitor and Troubleshoot Implementation
  • Monitor Progress Toward Goals
  • Sustain Momentum and Celebrate Accomplishments

Stage Five: 
Review and Update Your Literacy Action Plan

  • Summarize Progress Toward Goals
  • Revise Implementation Maps
  • Analyze Success as a Literacy Leadership Team
  • Plan How to Sustain Momentum