Homegrown Reading Institute Serves 200 Teachers

For the second consecutive year, 200 Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) teachers took part in the Teachers College Summer Reading Institute.


This year’s institute was held form Monday, July 24th, through Friday, July 28th, at Riverside High School for teachers providing instruction for kindergarten through eighth grade. The institute was so popular that there was a waiting list of 400, said LCPS Supervisor, Pathways and Elementary Reading & Writing Evi Hickman.


Teachers earn recertification points for participating.


Providing instruction for the Summer Reading Institute were experienced staff developers from Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University in New York. (The summer institutes in New York City have a low acceptance rate with more than 16,000 applicants for 1,200 spots.)


Teachers worked in grade-level teams across schools and in school-level teams with multiple opportunities to pick workshops to address the specific needs.  Principals were invited for a special session with the staff developers about leading literacy work in their elementary and middles schools.


Among the workshops offered were:

  • Management and routines to support independence;
  • Methods and strategies to boost student fluency;
  • Helping struggling readers reach their full potential;
  • Using digital resources.