Professional Development Programs

Promote key behaviors to improve instructional practices. Our comprehensive professional development programs address high-need areas in schools and throughout districts. They represent a set of solutions that offer instructor resources, workshops, and coaching in various combinations that prompt organizational change by strengthening skills and encouraging behaviors to drive improvements in instructional processes and systems that reinforce, monitor, and reward the performance of best practices.

Comprehensive Professional Development Programs include:

  • Coaching Connections – train your coaches for success (train-the-trainer program)

  • ReadUp – professional development & curriculum for reading intervention instruction

  • Reading to Write – literacy instruction best practices and focused instruction for college readiness

  • Disciplinary Literacy – designed for middle school and high school teachers, help increase students’ content-related literacy in science and social studies

  • Focus on Achievement – connect data to instructional change

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Professional development programs align educational professionals and provide a consistent, high quality learning experience for students.


Coaching Connections

Bring teams together, develop teacher skills, and transform school culture. Instructional coaches are instrumental in developing teacher skills, building stronger instructional teams, transforming school culture, and ultimately, improving student achievement. With Coaching Connections, experienced coaching consultants will work with your school or district to effectively train and monitor coaches for success, and build long-term capacity across your schools and district.

Program Overview

Beginning with a needs assessment, Coaching Connections consultants work with district and building leaders to establish a customized plan. Throughout the year, custom professional development for coaches and job-embedded support allows coaches to collaborate, share information, reflect on their coaching approaches, and engage in reflective conversations. Designed to support K-12 educators, Coaching Connections includes:

  • On-site needs assessment to establish individual goals and build partnerships
  • Follow-up plan review visit to review needs assessment summary and determine course of professional development
  • Two-day leadership session for principals to ensure successful program implementation
  • 3-6 professional development sessions for coaches
  • 4 rounds of job-embedded coaching support visits
  • Coaching notebook

Instructional Resources to Provide Best Practices Support for Coaches

Coaching resources aligned to professional development sessions provide hands-on resources for instructional best practices. There are six modules with resources tied to sessions:

  • Coaching Principles: Roles and Responsibilities
  • Coaching Cycle: Partnership Learning
  • Coaching with Data: Collecting, Exploring, Applying Data
  • Coaching Conversations: Planning, Observing, Reflecting
  • Coach as Instructional Resouce
  • Coach as Teacher Leader: impacting School Culture, Change, Learning

Support for District & Building Leaders

By providing both district and building leaders with on-going support, the Coaching Connections consultant maximizes the ability to increase coordination and share resources among participating schools. consultants provide valuable off-site support through phone and email communication so that coaches receive just-in-time support they need to be successful.

Build comprehension skills from the foundation up. Because organizational change doesn’t happen without a sense of purpose and good direction, ReadUp’s unique professional development resources are infused into the RtI teaching model. With job-embedded coaching and training and collaboration with our Alliance team, teachers not only build their capacity for teaching reading comprehension and literacy like a reading interventionist; they also receive ongoing support in implementing and understanding ReadUp’s instructional model and program design.

Program Overview

ReadUp includes:

  • One professional development day that introduces participants to the program
  • Up to 3 additional seminars and up to 6 webinars that deepens teacher knowledge of the comprehension process and provide strategies for improving student comprehension and connecting reading to writing
  • The option to engage with a Catapult Learning instructional coach for additional support
  • Access to a Teacher Lounge with additional resources


In-person seminars deepen teacher’s understanding of the reading comprehension process. All ReadUp program participants receive an introductory daylong seminar, plus 2-6 three-hour sessions covering the following:

  • Comprehension Core Skills Suite (six 3-hour sessions) – Teachers increase their focus on systematic, explicit instruction in one of the reading comprehension skill areas; Main ideas and Details, Summarizing, Predicting and Inferring, Questioning, Clarifying, and Retelling
  • Close Reading (one 3-hour session) – Teachers learn a process for engaging students in close analytical reading of complex texts
  • Reading to Write (one 3-hour session) – Participants examine and learn a process for helping students make the connection between reading and writing.


Webinars strengthen participants’ focus on supporting struggling learners. ReadUp’s professional development webinars are each one-hour long and topics include:

  • Differentiation Support: Strengthens teachers’ understanding of differentiation
  • Formative Assessment: Examines the importance of formative assessments in an intervention setting, and a variety of techniques for making immediate, near-future and last-chance adjustments to instruction
  • ReadUp’s Use of Challenging Texts: Reviews the various resources available within ReadUp that can be used to enhance rigorous and relevant instruction within an intervention setting, and engages teachers in a model lesson.
  • Habits of Mind: Teachers will learn four habits of mind that can be targeted for improvement and have a significant impact on student success.
  • ReadUp’s Instructional Model: Reviews the key attributes of the ReadUp instructional model, including activation of relevant knowledge, teacher input, student active participation, and identification of student success
  • ReadUp’s Support for Struggling Learners and ELLs: Focuses on the suggestions and strategies for supporting struggling learners and English Language Learners within ReadUp’s lessons


Coaching provides observation, specific feedback, and individualized support. Catapult Learning’s academic experts are available to coach and support your teachers during implementation of ReadUp. Coaching is structured around observation and feedback, and focuses, as needed, on:

  • Fidelity to the instructional model
  • Reading comprehension skill instruction
  • Reading to Write instruction
  • Understanding mastery

Teacher Lounge

ReadUp’s Teacher Lounge promotes ongoing support online. As a collaborative online community for ReadUp users. the Teacher Lounge supports professional development through offering discussions, encouraging idea-sharing, providing on-demand materials, teaching models, and more.

Reading to Write

Your students read – but can they read closely and analytically? Your students write – but can they write clear and detailed arguments based on textual evidence? Reading to Write models best practices for teaching close reading and argumentative writing using complex exemplar texts and helps elementary and middle school teachers in any subject incorporate literacy and comprehension lessons into real-life applications.

Program Overview

Reading to Write also helps teachers differentiate instruction in small groups with supplemental materials and provides professional envelopment support to address the deeper challenges of college- and career-readiness standards in reading, writing, and compression. Reading to Write is accompanied by professional development, training and support, including:

  • One full-day professional development seminar, plus job-embedded coaching and webinars
  • Teacher manuals with lesson plans, rubrics, student organizers, and tools for differentiated instruction
  • Five multi-day lesson frameworks per grade level, with complex texts and activities

Disciplinary Literacy

Connect literacy development to content area instruction. College- and career-readiness standards require content area teachers to share in the responsibility of teaching and reinforcing literacy in every subject. Disciplinary Literacy is designed to engage middle and high school teachers in building sustainable capacity, allowing them to increase students’ level of content-related literacy in the vocabulary-rich subjects of science and social studies.

Program Overview

The Disciplinary Literacy program is designed to support instructors for students in grades 6-12 and includes:

  • An on-site needs assessment
  • In-person professional development workshops
  • Job-embedded caoching
  • On-demand videos in Teacher Resource Portal
  • Ready-to-use resource guides in eight content areas

Focus on Achievement

Connect data to instructional change for improve school outcomes. Without a plan for improvement, student performance data falls short of addressing learning challenges. The right approach to school improvement requires regular formative assessment that doesn’t burden teachers, the ability to analyze the results in a meaningful way, and the capacity to connect the data to instructional change that actually improves student outcomes.

Through a thoughtful combination of assessment analysis and professional support, Focus on Achievement drives improvement in both student performance, grades K-12, and teacher instruction. The model:

  • Connects assessment and analysis with professional and in-classroom support to help teachers implement instructional change based on performance data
  • Teaches educators to use a shared, research-based model for planning lessons in order to maximize Academic Learning Time
  • Builds students’ abstract, conceptual understanding of lesson material and assists the transfer of learning across subject areas and beyond the classroom
  • Maximizes the academic usefulness and effectiveness of all elements of the classroom to create a powerful learning environment
  • Builds confidence and competence among data teams to analyze data, understand what the analysis says about student performance, and know how to modify instruction to effect change in the classroom

Program Overview

Focus on Achievement provides support in three key areas of effective instruction to maximize academic usefulness and effectiveness in all areas of the classroom:

  1. Catapult Learning instructional models
  2. Teaching to the concept
  3. Interactive classroom implementation

The program is accompanied by professional development, training and support, including:

  • 11 days of on-site support, including professional development, data analysis facilitation, face-to-face workshops, and job-embedded coaching
  • Up to 10 web-based, national and state-aligned benchmark assessments per grade level in math and reading through Evaluate formative assessment
  • Resource materials aligned to college- and career-readiness standards
  • Delivery in four- or eight-month program formats

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