Immersive Professional Learning Courses for K-8 Teachers and School Leaders in Research-based Math & Literacy Instruction


With Lavinia Group’s Institutes, you choose what you want to learn and how you want to learn it. You can choose from two learning pathways for the 2023-2024 school year:



Asynchronous Self-Paced Pathway

Teachers progress through four completely asynchronous learning modules at their own pace, or through a course schedule designed by their school leader. Each course provides approximately 16 hours of professional development.


Asynchronous + Synchronous Learning with Peers

Participants begin their course with a 4-hour live virtual workshop. Our live virtual workshops provide attendees an opportunity to engage in robust discussion, immersive planning and practice, and in-the-moment coaching with Lavinia Group experts.

Following the live virtual workshop, participants gain access to Module 1 in the online learning platform. Participants will alternate attending live virtual workshops and completing course modules in the online learning platform. 

Each course includes five live virtual workshops and four online learning modules that provide approximately 30 hours of professional development.


Course Descriptions

Lavinia Group currently offers six professional learning courses in math and literacy instruction.

Recommended for: School leaders and teachers in Grades 2-8 who are new to or currently use Close Reading for Meaning methods and would like to deepen their understanding.

Participants will learn best practices for effectively teaching Close Reading for Meaning™, an approach to closely reading and understanding short texts, with an emphasis on main idea understanding, author’s craft, transferable teaching, and short-written response.

Teachers and leaders will learn strategies to develop student independence through student coaching and targeted small group instruction grounded in authentic discussion, student work analysis, and actionable feedback.

Recommended for: Teachers and leaders in Grades K-3 eager to learn best practices for ensuring instruction is aligned to the latest science of reading research and the methods that will help students read on grade level.

Through this course, teachers and leaders will learn how to incorporate the most effective, science-based reading practices into their instruction to ensure students can read proficiently by 3rd grade.

Participants will leverage current science of reading research to plan for and practice proven methods for individual, small group, and whole-class comprehension and phonics instruction. We will introduce 5 core systematic phonics routines that will help readers decode with accuracy. These phonics routines can work alongside any current systematic phonics curriculum.

As part of this in-depth course, participants will learn concrete methods for studying student reading data and creating action plans to support students in their own classrooms. Participants will leave this course ready to support all students in reading on grade level.

Recommended for: Teachers and leaders in grades K-8 who are seeking highly-effective practices for accelerating student learning and supporting students in meeting grade-level benchmarks.

As teachers and leaders look for solutions to accelerate learning during intervention blocks and after-school tutoring, many schools are turning to the science of reading.

This course provides school leaders and teachers with a concrete method for intentional, effective, small-group and individual intervention for students not reading with proficiency. Specifically, participants will learn how to analyze data across multiple assessments, create student groups based on needs, and implement highly-effective strategies for small group and individual instruction in their classrooms. Throughout the course, there will be multiple opportunities for participants to engage in this work with their own data and student work, and to practice these instructional methods.

Participants will leave this session with best practices for small group and one-on-one intervention instruction proven to lift literacy achievement and lead to transformational results in your classrooms.

Recommended for: School leaders and teachers in Grades 2-8 who are new to or currently use Story Problems instruction  and would like to deepen their understanding of this proven method.

Participants will learn how to rapidly increase student achievement and confidence in mathematics with Lavinia Group’s Math for Meaning: Story Problems method.

Teachers and leaders will learn the importance of using context as an inroad for making meaning in mathematics and the powerful teaching strategies that bring Story Problems to life in any classroom.

Participants will also deepen their understanding of how to use student work to drive effective coaching and discourse that lead to concrete and transferable mathematical understanding for students.

Recommended for: Teachers and leaders in grades K-8 who are seeking highly-effective practices for accelerating student learning and supporting students in meeting grade-level benchmarks.

This course empowers educators to personalize learning for targeted intervention and gives students meaningful and accessible practice to grow their math skills.

Through supporting teachers and leaders in making the right groups, choosing the right content, and coaching students with meaning front and center, this course prepares teachers to close the most pressing gaps while building students’ independence.

(Asynchronous Only)

Recommended for: Teachers and leaders in grades 6-8 who are new to or currently using Lavinia Group’s Insight Middle Courses™.

During this course, teachers and leaders will be introduced to Insight Middle Courses™, Lavinia Group's comprehensive ELA curriculum.

Participants will develop familiarity with all components of the curriculum and learn how to intellectually prepare to implement it with students.

Insight Middle Courses™ curriculum supports culturally responsive teaching by emphasizing class structures that facilitate learning partnerships, student choice, and engaging discourse among students

Professional Learning Course Offerings

Participants progress through four online learning modules throughout the school year as each new module is released. Once a learning module has been released, participants have access to revisit that module as many times as they would like to throughout the course of the school year.



"Lavinia Group has provided our instructional leadership with cutting-edge best practices in literacy and numeracy instruction through high-leverage trainings and workshops that have transformed both our underlying academic program and our teaching faculty."

- Lester Long, Founder and Executive Director, South Bronx Classical

"Lavinia has provided our schools with game-changing instructional strategies."

- Eric Mahmoud, Founder and CEO, Harvest Best

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