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Professional Development

Live webinars, on-demand videos and expanded opportunities for educators seeking professional development.

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Position Yourself as a Literacy Leader

We strive to support educators who provide or support comprehensive literacy instruction through live webinars, on demand videos and customized presentations to expand on the what, why and how that is included in the teacher guides for Readtopia and First Author, as well as best practices for implementing or expanding the implementation of literacy curriculua.
When you partner with Building Wings, you have our support from day one. But we also recognize that educators may want support before implementing our instructional materials or want to explore on-demand learning opportunities.
To achieve that, we offer the following:

Leading the Charge for Literacy Sessions

Leading the Charge for Literacy Sessions

Experience how other educators are implementing comprehensive literacy instruction in their classrooms during 10-minute live sessions with educators from around the country followed by a 20-minute Q&A.

The next virtual session will be on Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. CST when Sally Miracle will discuss Restructuring Professional Development (registration link coming soon!)

The on-demand recording of Tara Wineinger’s Jan. 18, 2023 session on  Building a Team from the Ground Up will be posted soon.

Watch an on-demand recording of Sarah Starr’s  presentation from Dec. 7, 2022 on Literacy Instructions with High Expectations



Attend live webinars lead by a leading literacy leader. 

Please visit our Webinar page to register for upcoming live webinars or to request access to previously recorded sessions that can be viewed on-demand.

Literacy Instruction<br>Resource Center

Literacy Instruction
Resource Center

Expand your knowledge of literacy instruction for learners with complex needs through reading and writing instruction resources and short videos.

Visit our Literacy Instruction Resource Center for Special Educators webpage.

Summer Summit

Summer Summit

In 2022, we held the inaugural Leading with Literacy Summer Summit.  We are planning to hold a similar Summit in July of 2023 and will publish registration information in the Spring of 2023.

Consultants for <br>In-Person 
or Virtual Training

Consultants for
In-Person or Virtual Training

Interested in scheduling a training session for your district?

Please email us to arrange for in-person or virtual training.

“It’s not very often that I leave a training already with ideas about HOW to implement what I learned into what I am already doing. Thank you!”

Choose Your Ideal Training Format

We deliver professional development in different formats, allowing you to choose the approach that will best accommodate your schedule and objectives.

Implementation Guides Included

Implementation Guides Included

All of our curricula include teacher and implementation guides to make getting started easy. We provide options for educations who want additional training and guidance.

Multiple <br>Formats


Choose between 10-minute live sessions with post-session Q&A, 45-minute live webinar format with on-demand viewing, a half-day virtual Summit and in-person training.

Virtual <br>Training


Most of our professional development sessions are offered virtually to decrease the time educators are away from their classrooms and districts.

Certificate of Attendance

Certificate of Attendance

A Building Wings facilitator coaches students and teachers during lessons in your computer lab, with several classes rotating throughout the day.

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Learn more about Building Wings professional
development opportunities

Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D.​

Karen A. Erickson, Ph.D. is Director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies at University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill. Her focus is on understanding the best ways to assess and teach reading and writing to children with the most severe disabilities. As a special education teacher, Dr. Erickson has worked to support students with a range of disabilities in a variety of classroom settings, particularly students who do not use speech as their primary means of communication.


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