New York State educators: The Educator Collaborative is an Approved CTLE Sponsor. Every hour learning = an hour earned.*

Looking to arrange In-Person Professional Development for 2020-2021? Visit our Consulting Page (here).

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Staff Virtual PD Options:

On-Going Remote PD | Custom Workshops

Webinars | Virtual Conference Day

Leadership Support Options:

Remote Learning Review | Decision-Making Support

Remote Learning Support

K-12 Literacy Professional Learning | Literacy Professional Development | Literacy Consulting

Christopher Lehman, Founding Director of The Educator Collaborative talks about Remote Learning Support in his Spring 2020 Gathering Pre-Session


We have extensive experience in online professional development for K-12 Literacy pedagogy and remote learning. Including:

Standards Integration

Literacy Content and Pedagogy

Reading and Writing Workshop

Bi/Multilingual Pedagogy


Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

Content Area Literacy

Differentiation for IEPs

Trauma-Informed Pedagogy

Digital Literacy

Virtual Learning Methods

Literacy Leadership Methods

Instructional Coaching

Curriculum Design

Family Engagement

And many more!

Research-Driven, Whole Child Informed, Practical

Since it's founding, The Educator Collaborative has been at the forefront of online learning communities and online professional development. We are seasoned in creating a blend of synchronous and asynchronous professional development for literacy educators. In fact, our own internal professional development model, formed over years of study, has be cited by members and our Associate cohorts as some of the most impactful learning they have every been involved in.

We have a range of ways of supporting you and your colleagues, whether you are an individual educator seeking to grow your literacy practice for an online environment or a school or district looking for literacy professional development options to support your staff leading distance learning.

Our team is made up of recognized experts in literacy education, and as our Think Tank is comprised of practicing classroom teachers, leaders, professors, authors, and consultants, we have practical, real world experience with the challenges and opportunities of this current Distance Learning time we are all navigating.

Let's be clear: No one knows the exact best way to do this current moment, to this scale and with this rushed roll out, under these challenging and frightening circumstances. Anyone saying they do is likely not being critically conscious enough.

What we can promise is to provide the inspiring, practical, and caring professional development support we have been known for, one that provides practical expertise and purposeful collaborative problem-solving. As always, we believe collaboration leads to opportunity.

District/School Remote Learning Professional Development

On-Going Literacy PD for School Staff - "Literacy Virtual PLCs™️"

  • We have experience creating virtual PLCs like:
    • Coaching PLCs to stay elevated, connected, and able to support
    • Early Childhood Literacy PLCs to engage young learners
    • Upper Elementary PLCs to move to higher order thinking
    • Middle School ELA PLCs to stay grounded in best practice for our zany-wonderful preteens
    • High School English PLCs to support engaging methods
    • Content Area PLCS to support digital content area literacy practices
    • and more...

Based on The Educator Collaborative's rigorous and inspiring online, adult-learning model, our staff can organize Literacy Learning Communities to meet the specifications of your staff and district goals. These Literacy Virtual PLCs™ take into account the full range of adult-learning needs, including social-emotional care and interaction, practical application, cohort based learning, flexibility, and research-based literacy methodologies applied to virtual school environments.

    • Literacy Virtual PLCs are:
      • majority synchronous, held online and face-to-face or phone… while also being…
      • flexible, in our proven model that respects out of school-needs while maintaining continuity of learning
      • are collaborative—not sit and get
      • are social-emotionally responsive—providing community and trauma-informed support in a distance-learning setting (educators note over and over that our cohorts feel like family, not “pd”).
      • are digital classroom practical, built from The Educator Collaborative’s deep, K-12 literacy expertise and digital pedagogy
      • are transformational! Our model has inspired and supported educators’ literacy development for years
    • Logistics:
      • organized by semester (minimum 6 sessions) or year (minimum 12)
      • include attendance requirements and tracking
      • Dates and hours are organized based on our proven model, with input from your staff
      • Size per cohort: Minimum: 15 staff, Maximum: 40 staff, per cohort. Multiple cohorts can be formed.
          • Note on cohort formation: we carefully tailor cohorts to maximize effectiveness. We will work with you to understand the make-up of your staff and design cohorts that will best support your goals and investment. This means, we will not permit just any mix of individuals to form a cohort (e.g. most likely not a cohort of kindergarten and high school AP teachers together). Our goal is quality, applicable learning and collaboration for all members that feels immediately applicable to their context.


Distance Learning Literacy Consultations - Help For District and School Decision Makers


The Educator Collaborative team are experts in K-12 pedagogy, curriculum, anti-bias education, multingual education, digital literacy, content area literacy, and more. Our team members can be engaged to provide District, School, or Team level consultation support. Here are a few common formats:

Virtual School "Snapshot":

Similar to an in-person site evaluation, but for the Distance Learning model, our staff can provide a review of your current literacy-based courses, assignments, and teaching methodologies.

The goal of this review is to provide you with a strengths-based understanding of your current system.

  • We can help you get a global look at your current virtual school setting and help you see what expertise lies within your current staff that you can further leverage; what structures and formats are effective; what methods, tasks, assignments, and resources are effectively meeting the needs of students.

  • You will also be provided with a report of strengths, recommendations, and next steps based on our expertise in online learning, and research-based literacy and leadership.


            • Logistics:
                • initial 12 hour retainer required
                • hours to be completed within 6 months
                • flexible scheduling available
                    • 12 hours for virtual site evaluation and report writing minimum 18 hour engagement:
                    • 6 hours, divisible, for phone/video debrief with literacy leaders and related follow-up
                    • virutal site evaluation completed in 14 days from start day, debrief(s) scheduled in weeks following