Event Details

MESPA Literacy Academy 2019

  • 01 Aug 2019
  • 22 Nov 2019
  • 4 sessions
  • 01 Aug 2019, 8:00 AM 3:00 PM (CDT)
  • 02 Aug 2019, 8:00 AM 3:00 PM (CDT)
  • 25 Oct 2019, 8:00 AM 3:00 PM (CDT)
  • 22 Nov 2019, 8:00 AM 3:00 PM (CST)
  • Bethel University, Anderson Center - 2 Pine Tree Dr, Arden Hills, MN 55112 - 307 EAST CONFERENCE ROOM


  • School staff of MESPA members can register at the MESPA rate. Use the shared code or call 952.297.8670 to register.

Registration is closed
Join us for our 7th cohort of the MESPA Literacy Academy! 

Reading Well by Third Grade requires the school principal to be a strong, knowledgeable instructional leader, who is able to develop both collaboration across a community, and a systematic, data-based review of what is and what can be achieved in school literacy. The goal is to establish a culture of literacy ensuring that all students achieve. 

Presented by Bonnie Houck, Ph.D., the MESPA Literacy Academy invites principals and their leadership teams to an interactive learning experience that will guide principals and literacy leadership teams in developing effective practices to observe and work with teachers to address professional learning and resource needs identified through the classroom visits, teacher survey and other data. The MESPA Literacy Academy will take place over the course of four full day sessions strategically scheduled across a four-month period, allowing participants to implement ideas, collect observational data, and bring back examples of their work for discussion with peers.

Daily content breakdown:
Day 1 (Thu Aug 1): Define Effective Reading Instruction
Day 2 (Fri Aug 2): Understanding the Literacy Classroom Visit Model
Day 3 (Fri Oct 25): Analyze Date from First Classroom Visits & Determine Next Round of Data Collection
Day 4 (Fri Nov 22): Create Professional Learning Plan to Address Growth Areas
Earn 6 CEUs each day!

Goals of the Literacy Academy:

  • Empower principals as literacy leaders, gaining a deeper understanding of quality literacy instruction.
  • Identify and gain the ability to discuss key components of quality reading instruction, including observation tools and checklists.
  • Use the Literacy Classroom Visit Model resources to observe and reflect on their teaching team's current instructional practices, identifying strengths and needs within the school or across a district.
  • Create a professional development plan to address growth areas in literacy.
  • Obtain resources to guide the implementation of literacy professional development in your school.

Who will this training benefit?
The Literacy Academy will benefit schools and districts that need to:

  • Increase their reading scores on state and achievement assessments
  • Develop a cohesive professional development plan
  • Guide implementation of professional development using relevant data in order to get results
  • Update their Literacy Plan

...AND Principals and Teams (district leaders, instructional coaches, and teacher leaders) who want to:

  • Develop their knowledge of literacy leadership
  • Establish collaborative teams to support literacy development
  • Learn more about literacy culture and effective instructional practices in their schools
  • Identify specific areas of literacy instruction in need of growth to support student achievement

See for yourself! Hear from past attendees on the benefit of this academy below:

What's new at the MESPA Literacy Academy 2019?:

  • Discussion of culturally and linguistically responsive literacy resources and instruction
  • Knowledge of new state expectations to support dyslexia in Core instruction
  • Focus on instruction to support specific strategies that are assessed in MCA assessments

Bring your literacy team at the member rate!
This training works well for teams, and while not required, bringing your literacy team (district leaders, instructional coaches, or teacher leaders) is recommended! Are you a MESPA member? Your literacy team is welcome to attend the 4-day academy at the MESPA member rate ($500)! Please call the MESPA office at 952.297.8670 to take advantage of this offer.

    Check out "Literacy Unleashed" - co-authored by the presenter!
    Literacy Unleashed: Fostering Excellent Reading Instruction through Classroom Visits is available now!  While it is not required, it is strongly recommended that you add a copy of Literacy Unleashed to your registration as we will reference chapters and resources from the book to expand your learning. You can order a copy via Amazon or ASCD (e-books also available) or add it within the event registration and we'll have it for you on Day 1 of the Academy!

    About the Presenter: Bonnie Houck
    Co-Author of the book Literacy Unleashed: Fostering Excellent Reading Instruction Through Classroom Visits, Bonnie Houck is ready to work with you to improve your school's literacy plan and develop professional learning experiences that will help foster student literacy growth and achievement!

    Bonnie Houck, Ph.D., has over 25 years experience as a teacher, literacy coach, district leader, state reading specialist, university professor, and program director for a philanthropic foundation, bringing deep knowledge of the necessary elements of school reform and the field of literacy education. Bonnie has keynoted and presented at state, national, and international conferences, sharing her joy and passion for reading with educators. For the past either years, Bonnie has facilitated the MESPA Literacy Academy, partnering with principals and instructional leaders to infuse literacy into their leadership.

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