Professional Learning



July 20-21

Dallas, TX
ILA Annual Conference


Aug 20-21

Elmbrook, WI


Aug 23

New Haven County, CT


Aug 27-28

Putney, VT


Aug 29-30

Andover, MA


Aug 31

Boxborough, MA


Sept-Oct (weekly)

Worcester, MA


Sept (TBD)

Berkshires, MA


Sept 6

Statewide: New Britain, CT

SRSD (Train Trainer)

Sept 10-11

Fort Worth, TX


Sept 18-19

Pawtucket, RI


Sept 20-21

Somerset, NJ
NJIDA Conference Keynote


Sept 24

New York DOE, Brooklyn


Sept 25-26

Brooklyn, NY


Sept 27-28

New York DOE Citywide


Sept 29

Acton, MA

SRSD (Gr 1-3)

Oct 3-4

New York DOE Citywide


Oct 5

Concord, NH
NHNEA Annual Conference


Oct 8-9

Northern Regional UK

SRSD (Train Trainer)

Oct 11-12

Rochester, NH


Oct 19

Longmeadow, MA


Oct 24
Oct 26

New London, CT
IDA Pre-Conference Workshop
IDA Conference Session


Nov 2-3

Bank Street College, NY


Nov 6

Hopkinton, MA


Nov 8

Cromwell, CT
Connecticut Reading Association Annual Conference

Text-Based Writing

Nov 17

Boston, MA
Learning & Brain Conference


Nov 18

Houston, TX
NCTE Conference



March 8

Marlborough, MA: ‘Beyond the Formula’ MSSAA – MA State PD


March 11

West Springfield, MA


April 11

New York, NY


May 2

New Britain, CT





Use Writing to Develop Critical Thinking & Overall Literacy

Learn latest evidence-based practices for strengthening students’ overall literacy, especially writing. Build growth mindset and self-regulation so students can strategically and independently use writing in response to complex texts as a tool to discover what they think, to refine how they think, to communicate their ideas more effectively, and in ways that can make the world a better place. Use validated practices (particularly Self-Regulated Strategy Development) to support students in a gradual release model in internalizing close reading strategies to use along with the writing process, in reflecting on their writing quality, and setting targeted goals for growth as writers and critical thinkers when they read.  Explore how to use student- and professionally-written mentor texts, memory aids, scaffolds and self-created graphic organizers, modeling, collaborative practice, self-monitoring, and peer feedback – all in ways that empower students to become skilled writers, and critical thinkers.  These approaches welcome personalized learning and differentiation, and align to most state “Look Fors”. Teachers will learn how to encourage a community of writers who embrace the challenge of writing, with success and joy. This approach is not a program but a pedagogy that can be woven into core programs or a balanced literacy approach.

Liven Up Your Sentence Instruction: Embedded & Enjoyable Grammar Instruction that Works!

Use research-based methods to teach students the art of writing beautiful sentences and how the grammatical choices they make can impact their readers’ experience. Help students deeply understand what a sentence is (and is not), the major grammatical elements they can choose from when crafting sentences and how to add flair and complexity, while avoiding run ons and fragments. Hear the latest empirical research on how to teach sentence writing in authentic, embedded ways that will feel natural and most uplift overall writing quality. Learn strategies that students can use independently to enhance authentic word choice, as well as sentence expansion, variety and cohesion (within and across sentences). Also learn how to use sentence combining and artful sentence imitation to enhance depth, clarity and impact in writing. Simple manageable ways to assess and then differentiate sentence instruction in ways that support students who struggle and challenge students who excel will be shared

New Takes on Evidence-Based Practices for Close Reading that Build Reading Comprehension

Learn evidence-based practices that can turbo charge your students’ close reading, and overall reading comprehension. Research is now coming out on how students can internalize explicit, step-by-step strategies they can use in self-directed ways anytime they read, but particularly when preparing to write to sources. Learn the three most powerful practices for deepening meaning-making and critical thinking while engaging in reading comprehension, and how to support both executive functioning and self-regulation in our readers. Research validates each of the components overviewed, including formative assessment, academic discourse support, coordinating multiple strategy use, text structure, modeling, flexible self-created graphic organizers, goal setting, and general emphasis on metacognition.

This was the best professional development I have received in an 18 year career in teaching. I’m already seeing huge improvements in my students’ writing.

Kristina Melanson

Weymouth, MA

thinkSRSD Pooja Patel's UK Course Results


In my 30 year career, this has been the most powerful professional development I have ever received.

Deb Rude

Cumberland, RI