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Professional Development Workshops

General Info

Focus: Developing your individualized Literacy Response to Intervention (RTI) Plan
Target Audience: Elementary Vice-Principals, Principals, District Early Literacy Teams
Group size: can accommodate any number of participants


When developing School Improvement Plans, first and foremost, current and new elementary administrators should review literacy data and pedagogical practices to support a comprehensive and effective literacy program. Reading is the foundation of academic success. When kids struggle in their literacy competencies, they often become frustrated or disengaged. Their inability to communicate these lagging skills can often be displayed in increased behaviour or a decrease in the child's self-esteem. 

It is difficult for an administrator to lead literacy learning if they don't have a solid understanding of how kids learn to read. What does an effective literacy structure look like? How do you assess reading progress?  How do you support struggling readers? Leaders come to be elementary principals and vice-principals from varying experiences and training. Most have never taken specific course work in language acquisition (reading & writing) in teacher preparation programs or have built ongoing and thorough literacy professional development into their busy schedules.

Rob will lead literacy leaders through discussions and interactive engagements with colleagues to increase competencies in language acquisition and to lead an effective literacy plan for your school.

General Info


This will be discussed during the complimentary consultation meeting with Progressive Education Solutions. There are many ways to provide learning from a literacy boot-camp model to a more in-depth multi-dimensional literacy plan of action.

  • Half-Day Presentation

  • Full-Day Presentation

  • Learning Series




This will be discussed during the complimentary consultation meeting with Progressive Education Solutions. Specific areas to explore may include:

  • Developing your school's literacy beliefs

  • Literacy Assessments (who, when, why, and what do you do with your findings)

  • Tier 1 Literacy Instruction

  • Tier 2 Literacy Intervention (small group)

  • Tier 3 Literacy Intervention (one on one student support)

  • Allocating resources based on need

  • Role of Class Reviews and literacy achievement

  • Developing a culture of Readers for Life in your school

  • How can the Library Commons support your vision?

  • What are the literacy roles and responsibilities of your Learning Assistance & Resource Teachers?

  • How is your literacy beliefs and goals displayed in your school?

  • Innovation and thinking outside the box

  • What is the role of School-Based Teams in literacy transformation?

  • How do you get parents involved in your literacy journey?

  • What is the language of Literacy? (Phoneme, Grapheme, Onset and Rime, Phonics, Phonemic Awareness etc.)

  • Developing a before school and summer reading programs



Cost will fluctuate based on duration and location of presentation. 


"Our time working with Rob was transformational. Before the sessions our son lacked confidence and needed strategies to cope with his dyslexia. Rob not only gave him (and us as parents) strategies, but he quickly tapped into and celebrated our son’s amazing individual talents and strengths. His humor, quick wit and lateral thinking, and worked with him to help build self-assurance, motivation to learn, and willingness to contribute in class. Rob and Shauna’s approach to Orton-Gillingham takes commitment and work from the whole family, but it marked a real turning point for our son's education."

- Helen - Grade 5 Parent

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