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English Language Art – Professional Learning

Our Approach to Professional Learning

Open Up Resources exists to make the highest quality curricula freely accessible allowing schools and districts to invest in much-needed professional learning through the lifecycle of implementation.

A growing body of research shows that pairing a curriculum adoption with strong professional learning designed around the materials yields tremendous outcomes.

Open Up Resources provides professional learning and supports for teachers and leaders through:

  • In-person and virtual workshops
  • In-person and virtual coaching 
  • Our HIVE Conference
  • Our professional learning community coaches and the OUR digital community

Professional Learning (PL) Offerings

We take a scaffolded approach to PL, meeting teachers where they are in their practice and building on their prior knowledge.

Our PL advances both instructional knowledge and professional practice with options that help educators:

Master the Materials

To ensure teachers connect with the curriculum and internalize the research behind the materials, we offer focused curriculum design launches, followed by ongoing coaching that offers just-in-time support throughout the year.

Deepen Instructional Practice

As teachers build confidence with implementing new instructional moves, our customized PL will assist in making the shift from “sage on the stage” to “guide on the side” through topic-based design workshops and job-embedded coaching.

Cultivate Instructional Leadership

As districts build capacity around ELA leadership, we will work with your district leaders to train and develop coaches to support the implementation and coordinate learning walks for leaders to develop “look fors”.


Flexible Delivery

We offer in-person, hybrid, and virtual delivery. We also support train-the-trainer implementations. We tailor PL packages around district capacity and needs, and we’d love to speak with your team.

Meet Our Providers

EL Education K-8

BetterLesson

BetterLesson provides the guidance, strategies, and processes teachers need to create learner-centered classrooms. The model consists of three phases of professional learning: TRY – MEASURE – LEARN, to support your successful implementation.

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EL Education

Work alongside EL Education’s expert coaches to implement their literacy curriculum and fulfill your students’ unique needs. Choose from 2- or 4-day institutes, onsite or virtual coaching, and self-paced online courses proven to transform teacher practice for veteran and new teachers.  To learn more about PL with the EL Education team, contact us.

Pivot Learning / CORE

CORE has 25 years of experience assisting districts and school sites in successful curriculum implementation that leads to exceptional instruction and increased student achievement. 

Through a combination of professional learning workshops and job-embedded

coaching, CORE builds teachers’ subject-matter expertise and instructional skills. CORE offers personalized coaching to instructional leaders so they can provide ongoing support to teachers.

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Teaching Lab

Teaching Lab’s professional learning implementation process mirrors the cycle of inquiry by working with its partners to identify needs, design and test solutions, monitor teacher and student learning, and adapt.

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Bookworms K-5 Reading & Writing

University of Delaware

Author of Bookworms K-5 Reading & Writing, Dr. Sharon Walpole, and her team provide online professional learning that gives a comprehensive understanding and practical application of the curriculum breaking down the components of reading, writing and differentiation by grade band. With an online library of videos, go at your own pace and review PL again as needed. Virtual and on-site coaching for teachers and leadership development / walks are also available on an individualized basis. To learn more about PL with Dr. Walpole and her team, contact us.

HIVE Conference

With immersive sessions over five days, our annual professional learning event went virtual  in 2020.  At HIVE, educators learn from curriculum authors and facilitators in an intimate, immersive environment with optional flex sessions to customize their experience. Multiple pathways are offered for each OUR curriculum to support learning at all levels. To learn more about the sold out HIVE 2020 conference, click here. HIVE 2021 details to be announced.


Virtual Summer Academies

EL Education K–5 Language Arts Diving In – Register Now

  • August 10-14, 2020
  • 12-2 PM ET each day

Participants will engage in an overview of the EL Curriculum to build a solid foundation for implementation.  Throughout the series educators will dig into essential components and understand the rationale, structure and resources available to support them.  As they learn about the curriculum they will engage in planning processes and with templates that will support building their understanding of how the curriculum works to support students’ literacy development.

Bookworms Summer Institute (available through The University of Delaware Professional Development Center for Educators)

Join OUR Digital Communities

From recurring Twitter chats led by Professional Learning Community Coaches (PLCs) to private Facebook groups, the Open Up Resources digital community provides experience and knowledge to support teachers and leaders on their implementation and instructional journeys.