D.E.I. works with you to find a professional development program that suits the needs of your educators. All of our workshops and staff development aligns with the Common Core State Standards.  We offer half day, full day and multiple visit sessions for schools (grades K-8) as well as hourly presentations to literacy related organizations.   


Possible Professional Development Topics that D.E.I. offers:


  • Developing, Implementing and Strengthening Units of Study for Reading and Writing Workshop
  • Launching the Writers' Workshop:  Starting off Strong and Maintaining Rigor All Year Long
  • Launching the Reader's Workshop: Starting off Strong and Maintaining Rigor All Year Long
  • The Power and Purpose of Writers' Notebooks
  • Bringing Nonfiction to Life:  Creating a Unit of Study of Nonfiction in Your Reading/Writing Workshop Classroom 
  • Poetry that Enlightens and Engages- Teaching Students to Read/Write Poetry
  • Beyond Book Clubs: Using Book Clubs in Reading Workshop to Deepen Comprehension
  • Author Studies Genre Studies in Reading and Writing Workshop
  • Using the Best Mentor Texts to Raise the Quality of Student Writing
  • Employing ELA Test Prep as a Genre: Say Goodbye to Coach Books- Test Prep that Makes Sense!
  • Assessment Practices in Reading and Writing (rubrics, conferring, meeting the needs of all readers and writers)
  • Making the Most of Writer’s Workshop:  Conferring and Assessment



All presentations are designed to meet all of the needs that your district may specifically have


Please contact us for more specific questions or to speak to someone about consulting services for your district/organization


Director, Sarah Cordova- scordova@deinstitute.org