Reading@UVA Non-Credit Professional Development


Since 2003, the University of Virginia’s Reading program has offered non-credit professional development opportunities that include in-person academies, workshops/conferences,  online training, literacy program audits, and training plus coaching support. Our non-credit offerings translate research-findings into daily practices and standards-based instruction for classroom settings. Reading@UVA aims to strengthen teacher knowledge and expertise in order to impact student learning.  Below is a list of our current offerings available to schools and districts.

Reading@UVA Literacy Academy

“This event was exceptional. It included a wonderful balance of research, examples, and materials to utilize in the classroom. ”

– Heather, Norfolk City Public School Teacher

Available Non-Credit Professional Learning


  • EDNC 4501: Literacy Academy (Formerly Academy for Teachers of Struggling Readers)

    This four-day non-credit academy is designed for teachers of all grade levels who teach reading. Topics include an overview of literacy development, characteristics of each developmental stage, using assessment to guide instruction, phonemic awareness and phonics, word study instruction, strategies to build vocabulary and comprehension, and connecting writing to the literacy curriculum.  The academy was first offered through Reading First in Virginia.  Now it is available during the summer to the public and to school divisions throughout the year by contract only.

    • "The academy surpassed my expectations and is probably the best PD I've attended in my 17 year career to date." -Heather, Elementary Classroom Teacher, Norfolk City Public Schools
    • "This was hands down the best professional development activity I have attended in 32 years of teaching." -Susan, Middle School English Teacher, Virginia Beach Public Schools

    For more information contact susantg@virginia.edu.  

  • Literacy Program Evaluations 

    Periodic review of a school’s reading/writing instruction can help a school or district evaluate progress on local/state goals and determine specific areas of strength and weakness, Reading@UVA can assess your current literacy program and help you to create goals for programmatic changes and future professional development. The scope and format of each audit will be tailored to your specific needs and budget as determined during an initial consultation.

    Literacy Program Evaluations include a staff survey, stakeholder interviews, classroom observations, and/or analysis of student assessment data, lesson plans, and curriculum materials/guides. Trained observers with a reading education background provide individualized feedback. A faculty member will compile a written report synthesizing the information and identifying patterns/trends. Each report offers specific recommendations that prioritize instructional needs while capitalizing on your district’s strengths.

    For more information contact susantg@virginia.edu.  

  • Coaching

    University of Virginia (UVA) offers on-site coaching designed to meet the unique and specific needs of your school. Meet with a team from UVA to craft a coaching experience that will provide your staff with the tools they need to implement best practices in literacy instruction. Models might include observations and feedback, professional development training, and/or side-by-side coaching.  Schools receive ongoing feedback and recommendations for strengthening their existing literacy instruction.  

    "A strength of the coaching experience was the immediate feedback, one-on-one help with student grouping, and attention to what could realistically happen in the classroom." -Sara, Elementary Classroom Teacher, Caroline County Public Schools

    "The coach was very knowledgeable about all the subject matter. She gave positive feedback while at the same time explaining what the teachers could be doing to strengthen instruction." -Jennifer, Elementary Reading Specialist, Richmond County Public Schools

    For more information contact susantg@virginia.edu.   

  • Workshops

    These half-day workshops were developed under grant funding. They are now available by contract to interested school divisions. Participants receive current research and best practices on a literacy related topic. Teachers leave each workshop with five to ten hands-on activities/materials they can use in their classrooms the very next day!  Topics covered in the workshops are:

    1. Phonological Awareness and Literacy Workstations (Grades K-1)
    2. Phonics (Grades 1-3)
    3. Fluency and Phonics (Grades 1-3)
    4. Comprehension (Grades K-3)
    5. Small-Group Reading Instruction
    6. Word Study Instruction
    7. Using Assessment Results to Plan Reading and Writing Instruction

    For more information contact susantg@virginia.edu.  

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