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What is the Literacy Academy?

The lead4ward Literacy Academy engages educators in interactive, standards-based learning to strengthen their literacy practices. The Academy includes yearlong support through four (4) face-to-face professional development sessions, virtual support, and optional instructional coaching. Using a learn-practice-reflect model, educators gain the confidence and competence to set in motion meaningful change to improve outcomes for all students. Hands-on practice, collaboration, and resources empower educators with the knowledge and skills to elevate teaching and allow learning to continue beyond the academy.

Essential Components and Outcomes

  • Reading Language Arts TEKS analysis – establishing clear learning objectives and outcomes
  • Effective lesson planning – aligning standards, instruction, and assessment
  • High-impact instructional routines and strategies – engaging learners, developing critical thinkers, and inspiring writers
  • Reading and writing integration – prioritizing reading comprehension and writing proficiency


Yearlong Support

  • Face-to-face/virtual sessions (dispersed based on campus/district needs)
  • Instructional coaching
  • Classroom support
  • Online literacy community

Interested in hosting a multi-district Literacy Academy?

A multi-district Literacy Academy is a professional learning opportunity hosted by a school district, facilitated by lead4ward, and open to surrounding districts. The host district and lead4ward will market the academy to surrounding districts to expand the academy cohort.


Benefits to the host district:

  • 2 free academy registrations
  • 1 free academy registration for the district-level literacy coordinator
  • Additional benefits such as no travel costs for teachers and leaders, early registration, and much more


Interested in hosting? Email [email protected]


Lakisha Ball 

Lakisha Ball, Ed.S., works with educators in the areas of curriculum development, instruction, and reading language arts. In her 17 years as an educator, Lakisha has served as a regional consultant, campus administrator, testing coordinator, instructional specialist and coach, adjunct professor, and classroom English teacher. Read more–>

Ready to transform your literacy instruction?

Sign up by submitting a Professional Development Request form
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