Professional Development

Continuing Support for Success

PD Offerings

Professional Development is not one size fits all. Your day with a LightSail Instructional Coach includes targeted sessions delivered on a variety of topics, and time spent in and out of the classroom collaborating to existing literacy practices.

Browse our selection of more than 50 workshops to begin building a custom day of PD that’s right for your school.

Meet The Team

Lauren started in education with Teach for America and spent five years teaching in Los Angeles charter schools. She was a founding teacher at Santa Rosa Charter Academy, teaching 6th and 7th grade History, before she moved on to Camino Nuevo Charter Academy, where she taught Humanities, Reading and English Language Development. During her time at Camino Nuevo, Lauren became the Instructional Cadre leader and head of the Common Core Transition. She was also a coach for Students Run LA and ran the LA Marathon twice, with teams of over 20 students. Lauren received her Masters in Urban Education, with a focus on Administration and Policy, and has a BA in Social Thought & Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

If Lauren could be any fictional character she would be Hermione from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series because she is brilliant, determined, and – most importantly –  a very good friend.

Growing up in a family of educators, Elizabeth became passionate about literacy at an early age. She spent five years in Los Angeles teaching Kindergarten, 1st grade, 2nd grade, and 4th grade at Turning Point School in Culver City. During this time, she implemented a reciprocal reading program, served on the intercultural competence committee, and coached middle school volleyball. Previous to Turning Point School, Elizabeth spent a year working with at-risk 7th-12th grade students at The Charter School of San Diego. Elizabeth has a BA in Humanities from San Diego State University, an MA in Literacy and Language Arts from Loyola Marymount University, and a CA Multiple Subject Credential.

If Elizabeth could be any fictional character, she would be Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus series because she is optimistic, caring, and brings learning to life!

Christina has been involved in education in New York City for the past seven years. She began her career as a special education teacher working with kindergarten, third, and fourth grade students at a Harlem charter school, where she served on school curriculum development teams and as an after-school tutor. After seeing firsthand the dramatic impact that teachers can have on at-risk students, she became an instructional coach focused on increasing academic rigor and building strong classroom systems to foster learning. Christina has a BA from USC and an MS in Special Education/Inclusive Elementary Education from Hofstra University.

If Christina could be any character, she would be Peter Pan from J.M Barrie’s Peter Pan, because she’d never have to grow up.

Christina started her career in education with Teach for America where she taught 3rd grade at Success Academy Bronx II. She then moved to Uncommon Schools where she took over 4th grade math instruction at Leadership Prep Brownsville, leading to a 47% increase in proficiency and 100% of her students passing the state mathematics exam. She taught 4th grade for an additional two years and coached teachers on classroom management and instructional techniques as an Instructional Leader. Christina received her MA in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education and has a BA in English from Duke University.

If Christina could be any fictional character from a book she would be Sara Crewe from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s A Little Princess because her fierce imagination and storytelling allowed her to get through even the toughest situations.

Our coach showed us how to precisely group students based on LightSail’s assessment data and how to unpack short response questions with these groups to target different skills. It really changed my instruction!”

Arielle Schaffer, Teacher
Denver Public Schools

Our coach modeled how to use LightSail’s annotation tools during a conference to record goals within the text that student is reading. This gave both me and my students a new, powerful data point for tracking their progress.

Melissa Rice, Teacher
Rockville Centre Union Free School District

LightSail customers gain access to a host of instructional resources within the LightSail Learning Community (LLC).

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"During my years of teaching, reading was not something that was enjoyed by all. It was difficult to ensure that each of my students were getting books at their level and that all of my students had access to engaging texts.

LightSail brings access to an extensive library of texts, and matches readers to texts right in their zone of proximal development. When students are able to read books that they enjoy and that are going to make them more powerful readers, the results are truly significant.

LightSail's mission to create lifelong readers is evident when I walk into the classrooms of our partner schools."

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