What is the Reading & Writing Academy?

Are you looking for innovative ways to provide Reading and Writing instruction? The goal of the lead4ward Reading and Writing Academy is to provide a learning and support system for educators with face-to-face professional development and virtual support throughout two consecutive school years. Participants will synthesize, adapt, and transfer current and new learning to provide effective reading/writing instruction, practice, and assessment. Following a learn, practice and reflect model, academy members will leave with the confidence and competence to set in motion relevant change to promote students as lifelong readers, writers, and learners.

Academy Emphasis

  • Big idea/shift
  • Making it work – pacing and timing
  • Reading and writing process
  • Effective independent reading practice
  • Genre study
  • Instructional variety
  • Student Learning Reports

Academy Year-Long Support

  • 5 face-to-face sessions
  • 5 support videos
  • 3 leadership updates

Number of Participants

  • Up to 25 participants


  • Study, learn, plan, and enhance the teaching and learning of reading and writing
  • Understand the reading/writing process through Know to Show concepts
  • Establish literacy routines to support effective instruction and assessment
  • Establish literacy routines to manage time and pacing
  • Integrate reading and writing connection into daily practices and learning
  • Simplify the planning process by chunking and scaffolding instruction

Sign up now!

To sign up, please submit a Professional Development Request form->

Gayla Wiggins 

Gayla is an educational consultant who works with school districts and educational service centers in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and English language arts and reading. Read more–>


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For technical questions, email info@lead4ward.com