50+ on-demand training modules to make the most of every part of CommonLit’s full literacy program and 360 curriculum
At CommonLit, we’re committed to ensuring that educators have all of the tools they need to support their students. In 2020, we launched our Professional Development Portal to provide teachers with the necessary training to fully utilize CommonLit’s digital program. Since then, we have continued to add key trainings as our program grows. Most notably, we have added dozens of trainings since the launch of our fully comprehensive digital curriculum for grades 6–10: CommonLit 360.
Individual schools and districts will be able to access this set of Professional Development resources with the purchase of CommonLit’s School Essentials or School Essentials PRO packages for SY22–23. Once a school or district purchases a package, all of the teachers and coaches in that school or district will be able to access this library of trainings through their CommonLit accounts.
Interested in securing school-wide access to the Professional Development Portal? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also request a quote for School Essentials PRO via this link, which is our most comprehensive rollout package.
This portal includes over 50 on-demand trainings that help teachers understand how to make the most out of CommonLit’s library, 360 Curriculum, and digital tools. The trainings are also flexibly designed to fit into any professional development plan; they can be facilitated by an instructional leader or completed independently by teachers who are looking to develop their skills.
Below, you can review a full list of the training modules included in CommonLit’s Professional Development Portal:
These trainings focus on best practices for utilizing CommonLit’s full ELA Curriculum, CommonLit 360.
CommonLit 360: Unit-Specific PD Modules — 36 modules
CommonLit’s Curriculum team has created unit-by-unit modules to help educators unlock specific units they want to teach in their classrooms. The unit-specific modules include videos, key lessons and materials to focus on, and helpful tips for pacing and differentiation. There will be a unit-specific PD for every unit: That is 6 PD modules per grade!
CommonLit 360: Planning and Pacing within the CommonLit 360 Curriculum
In this CommonLit 360 module, we will share strategies for making key planning decisions across a school year and within an individual unit. Within the CommonLit 360 Curriculum, teachers are provided lots of room for flexibility and choice. This module is designed to help inform those choices.
CommonLit 360: Strategies for Effectively Teaching Your First 360 Unit
In this CommonLit 360 module, we will cover the philosophy behind the CommonLit 360 Curriculum and the necessary and additional suggested tasks to complete in preparation for teaching your first CommonLit 360 unit.
CommonLit 360: Introduction to Reading Instruction in CommonLit 360
In this CommonLit 360 module, we will differentiate between the two types of reading lessons included in CommonLit 360 units and review instructional decisions involving each.
CommonLit 360: How to Teach an Essential Reading Lesson
In this CommonLit 360 module, we will review the structure of the Essential Reading Lessons within CommonLit 360 curriculum and discuss best practices for preparing and teaching a successful lesson.
CommonLit 360: Tracking Student Progress and Providing Actionable Feedback on 360 Lessons
In this CommonLit 360 module, we will explore viewing student performance, providing feedback, grading, analyzing the assignment report, and reviewing student performance over time.
CommonLit 360: Getting Started with Digitally Assignable 360 Writing Lessons
In this CommonLit 360 module, we will provide an overview of the skills-based digital writing lessons within each CommonLit 360 unit that help prepare students to complete the end-of-unit writing task.
CommonLit 360: Facilitation Tips for CommonLit 360’s Vocabulary Sets
In this CommonLit 360 module, we will review the research-based practices in CommonLit 360’s vocabulary lessons, the sequence for instruction and available materials, and tips for flexibly using them.
CommonLit 360: Facilitation Tips for Teaching Related Media Explorations
In this CommonLit 360 module, we will learn about CommonLit 360’s Related Media Explorations, a unique lesson type that prompts students to explore the topic of the unit through the analysis of multimedia.
CommonLit 360: Strategies for Effectively Facilitating 360 Discussion Lessons
In this CommonLit 360 module, we will explore the structure of CommonLit 360 discussion lessons and offer tips for facilitating effective discussions within the 360 curriculum.
CommonLit 360: Facilitation Tips for CommonLit 360’s Grammar Activities
In this CommonLit 360 module, we will review the research behind effective grammar instruction and how it is incorporated into the structure of CommonLit 360’s grammar lessons.
This set of six trainings is designed to support educators who are new to CommonLit and help them master the basics of lesson planning with CommonLit.
CommonLit Basics: Finding the Perfect Lesson from CommonLit’s Library
In this training, you will learn insider tips for filtering and searching CommonLit’s library to find the perfect lesson. By the end of this module, participants will choose at least one text to add to your next unit.
CommonLit Basics: Planning Your First Lesson on CommonLit
In this training, we will share information about the lesson planning resources that come with each CommonLit text, including assessment questions, discussion questions, related media, and paired texts. Then, we’ll share best practices for using those resources in a lesson.
CommonLit Basics: Customizing and Assigning A Digital Lesson on CommonLit
In this training, we will share tips for customizing digital lessons on CommonLit. This training is ideal for teachers who are new to CommonLit’s digital platform.
CommonLit Basics: Previewing CommonLit’s Student Experience
By the end of this training, teachers will have a full understanding of the student experience on CommonLit and will have resources that they can share with students to help them navigate CommonLit seamlessly.
CommonLit Basics: Introduction to CommonLit for Administrators
Training Snapshot: In this brief training, administrators will learn the key benefits of CommonLit’s digital literacy program.
CommonLit Basics: Overview of CommonLit for Teachers
Training Snapshot: In this brief training, teachers will learn the basics of what resources and tools are available through CommonLit’s reading program.
These trainings are designed to support Dual Language, ELL, and Spanish teachers who are looking to use CommonLit’s 500+ Spanish-language lessons.
CommonLit Español: Finding the Perfect Lesson from CommonLit’s Spanish Library
In this training, you will learn best practices for filtering and searching CommonLit’s Spanish library to find the perfect lesson.
CommonLit Español: Planning Effective Lessons on CommonLit
In this training, we will share information about the lesson planning resources that come with each CommonLit Español text. Then, teachers will learn best practices for using those resources in a lesson.
CommonLit Español: Supporting Spanish Language Learners in a Dual Language Classroom
In this training, we will share how CommonLit supports Spanish Language Arts. Then, teachers will learn best practices for using the lesson scaffolding with their students.
Advanced Lesson Planning Strategies
These trainings highlight a variety of advanced strategies for effectively utilizing CommonLit’s digital resources.
Scaffolding Reading Instruction Using CommonLit
In this training, we will review tips for using CommonLit’s digital platform to scaffold instruction. Teachers will learn more about how to promote the effective use of CommonLit’s Guided Reading Mode, text-to-speech tool, translation tool, digital annotations, and flexible assignment options.
Choosing CommonLit Lessons for Homework
In this training, we will focus on best practices for choosing texts from CommonLit’s library to assign for homework.
Effectively Teaching One of CommonLit’s Supplemental Units
In this training, you will learn best practices for selecting, previewing, assigning, and customizing instructional materials in CommonLit’s Supplemental Units.
Advanced Strategies for Data-Driven Instruction
These trainings highlight a variety of best practices for utilizing CommonLit’s grading, feedback, and data tracking features to effectively monitor and promote student growth.
Using CommonLit Data to Determine Instructional Next Steps
In this training, we will review tips for tracking student data on CommonLit and share best practices for creating instructional next steps based on that data.
Utilizing CommonLit Data for Action Planning with Students
In the training, we will share strategies for how to analyze CommonLit’s individual student data reports and strategies for using that data to have productive conversations with students.
Effectively Using CommonLit’s Assessment Series: Administering the Pre-Assessment
In the training, we will give an overview about CommonLit’s Assessment Series, offer strategies for administering the Pre- assessment, and share strategies for analyzing your students’ data to inform your instructional next steps.
Engaging with Families to Support Home Learning with CommonLit
In this training, we will share strategies and resources for engaging with families throughout the school year.
Getting Access to the Professional Development Portal
This essential toolkit is a great way to help ensure that teachers can fully utilize CommonLit’s comprehensive program.
Interested in securing school-wide access to the Professional Development Portal and more? Reach out to us at email@example.com! You can also request a quote for School Essentials PRO via this link, which is our most comprehensive rollout package.
We are eager to support your team!