Literacy Lessons™

Professional Development for Teachers in Special Education Settings and for ESL Teachers

In keeping with Marie Clay’s desire to provide professional development to all teachers who are responsible for delivering literacy lessons to individual children, we offer a course of study for teachers licensed as interventionists in special education or ESL who are working with students in Grades 1-4.

Training occurs over two years.


Year I

Teachers enroll in two, 3-credit hour courses, one in Fall and one in Spring semester. In Year One, teachers learn more about Reading Recovery-based instructional procedures and Marie Clay’s Literacy Processing Theory while teaching two Reading Recovery students under the supervision of a teacher leader.


Year II

Teachers enroll in a one-hour graduate credit course while working with at least two students in Grades 1-4 who are qualified to receive special education or ESL services. Additional theory and experiences are provided, including a comprehensive case study.

Upon completing the two year professional development model, teachers will be designated as Literacy Lessons Intervention Specialists.

Professional development continues with a teacher leader for as long as the teacher designs and delivers Literacy Lessons.

In Year 3 and beyond, the Literacy Lessons Intervention Specialist teaches a minimum of one child in Grades 1-4.


For Further Information

Contact Mary Fried at fried.3@osu.edu or (614) 688-3081.