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Teacher Training Opportunities for Literacy Footprints

Jan Richardson and I have been working hard to develop ways to help teachers with their professional development. I am excited that we currently provide free online support for Literacy Footprints lessons in our short instructional videos. We’re continuing to build more of that content for teachers to watch and discuss, such as this new video featuring Pioneer Valley Books consultant Lisa Hall. Watch below to see her work with a small group of emergent readers in Tennessee and teach them about cross-checking.

Lisa is one of the talented consultants that Jan and I collaborate with who also works on-site with teachers in her own district. Here, in her own words, Lisa shares her thoughts about providing professional training for educators: “I am looking forward to joining Jan in Virginia in a few weeks as she works with teachers to implement guided reading. This district invests in their educators and helps them to learn more about teaching reading. Ongoing professional development for all teachers is so important! Jan and I are both lucky to have the amazing opportunity to be Reading Recovery teacher leaders. Reading Recovery is a powerful and effective intervention, and its heart is its gold-standard professional development. We want all teachers to have equally amazing opportunities like this. High-quality development is so critical for improving teachers’ literacy instruction skills!”

Pioneer Valley Books has many experienced literacy leaders like Lisa who can demonstrate guided reading lessons, provide training in critical assessment tools such as running records, and observe and coach teachers in their classrooms. You can learn more about all of our consultants and the expertise they provide at

If you’re looking for a more intensive professional development opportunity, Jan and I are thrilled to be hosting our first Literacy Footprints Institute this coming summer. From July 31 through August 1, we will work with classroom teachers and coaches to focus on the implementation of the K–2 Literacy Footprints Guided Reading system. Please join us for this terrific event in beautiful western Massachusetts, the home of Pioneer Valley Books.

We hope our efforts are helping you with your important work of teaching children to read! Please contact us at if we can help you, your school, or your district in your continuing educational efforts.