Institutes are courses for all educators including classroom teachers, coaches, school administrators, teaching assistants and literacy specialists who are beginning their journey as teachers or are experienced educators. Spending time together in a learning community allows educators to think about theory, pedagogy and teacher learning through their own literacy immersion.  *LAUSD Salary Points Available* (ex.  8:30 AM- 2:30 PM)



  • Summer - 4-day sessions (Balanced Literacy week & Writing Workshop week)
  • Winter - 2-day sessions (Balanced Literacy session & Writing Workshop session)
  • Spring - series of 1 day sessions


Network Days

Network Days are one day in-depth sessions studying various aspects of a Balanced Literacy approach to teaching. These days include a live demonstration with students and creation of tools to use in your classroom. (ex. 8:00 AM -3:00 PM)


Admin Speaker Series

Admin Speaker Series are sessions designed to help build capacity at each school site by investing time in the leadership.  Most leadership teams include administrators, coordinators, coaches, and perhaps lead teachers.  On these days we gather and learn together with a dynamic current keynote speaker sharing some of their latest research and thinking about literacy and learning.  These sessions are held in the morning so that you can continue supporting your site in the afternoon.  (ex.  7:30 AM - 10:30 AM)



GEMS (Growing Educators Morning Sessions) take place on Saturday mornings throughout the year as quick pick me up PD anchored with a Keynote speaker sharing their latest research. The rest of the morning, participants choose short sessions from our menu created by GE Staff and seasoned teachers. Take home easy-turn-key PD gems from each session. (ex.  8:00 AM- 11:00 AM)



Smart Start Days

Smart Start Days are one day sessions in August, right before our students arrive, where teachers can either review, or be introduced to, topics such as launching your writing workshop or teaching close reading through interactive read aloud. (ex. 8:00 AM- 2:30 PM)