Literacy Collaborative

Investing in building educator capacity through professional learning to ensure the best preparation for the future of children.

Comprehensive School Reform

Literacy Collaborative is a comprehensive school reform project designed to improve the reading, writing, and language skills of elementary and middle level children.

The cornerstone of our project is dynamic, long-term professional development. We train school-based literacy coaches in research-based methods and provide them with ongoing professional development as they continually implement these approaches in their own classrooms, and we support them as they provide on-site training for the teachers in their schools. 

Literacy Professional Learning

Literacy Collaborative

We train school-based literacy coaches in research-based methods and provide them with ongoing professional learning as they continually implement these approaches in their own classrooms, and we support them as they provide on-site training for the teachers in their schools.

Leveled Literacy Intervention

Developed by Gay Su Pinnell and Irene Fountas, LLI is an intensive, small group intervention designed to accelerate the literacy development of K-2 and 3-8 students who are below grade level in reading and writing achievement.

K-8 Literacy Professional Learning

Options for literacy coaches, classroom teachers, administrators, and leadership teams to raise achievement in reading and writing. Implement research-based responsive teaching practices and develop collaborative learning communities.

Up next in professional learning

Here's what's coming up next on our professional learning schedule.

Be sure to explore our complete range of learning opportunities, or contact us to talk about learning pathways for you and your school.

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Writing Workshop Engagement Institute for Grades 2-8
August 18, 2021 ($375)

Learn more about how to powerfully engage writers within Writing Workshop in this immersive session.You will experience Writing Workshop for yourself as you interact with the presenter, participating in writer’s talks, minilessons, independent writing of your own, and group share. (Online Class)

Leveled Literacy Intervention K-2 or 3-8
Five days ($2,500)

The first three days introduces the LLI frameworks for teaching. Before returning for the final two days, teachers work with students using LLI. During the second session, teachers refine their work and understand more about working with children who find literacy difficult.

Leveled Literacy Intervention National Tutoring Scale-Up


Leveled Literacy Intervention National Tutoring Scale-Up (LLI NTS) is a short-term, supplementary, small-group literacy intervention model designed to support the accelerated learning of students in grades kindergarten through grade two (and beyond) who are performing below grade level in reading and writing.


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Jamie Lipp

Jamie Lipp, PhD

Interim Lead Reading Recovery and Literacy Collaborative | Reading Recovery Trainer

Jamie is University Trainer for Reading Recovery with a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction (Literacy Focus). She has more than 15 years of experience as a classroom teacher, Reading Recovery Teacher, Curriculum Specialist, and college level instructor.

Jamie welcomes your questions and conversation about Literacy Collaborative and Reading Recovery, and building professional learning pathways for you.

(614) 292-8228

Literacy Collaborative Trainers

Training for Transformational Teaching

Sherry Kinzel

Intermediate and Middle Level

Jenny McFerin


Wendy Reed

Intermediate and Middle Level

Shelly Schaub

Primary and LLI


Literacy Collaborative is a research-based instructional model that is language-based, student-centered, process-oriented, and outcome-based.

Teachers provide direct, research-based instruction to guide students in acquiring strategies for maintaining fluency, text comprehension, and vocabulary development.

Our graphic illustrates the exponential impact over multiple years of Literacy Coaches trained at Literacy Collaborative at The Ohio State University from 2013 to 2019. Our 268 trained literacy coaches have gone on to train a further 2,680 teachers and directly impacted 220,800 individual students.

Literacy Collaborative Impact

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Responsive Literacy: A Comprehensive Framework

Responsive Literacy: A Comprehensive Framework.

Edited by Dr. Patricia L. Scharer and written by experts associated with OSU's Literacy Collaborative. The text is foundational for our professional learning and a go-to resource for literacy instruction.

This professional text is divided into six sections that represent a comprehensive literacy framework: professional learning; organizing for learning; reading; writing; building blocks of language; and learning community.

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