The Comprehensive Guide to CommonLit's Professional Development Portal

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Ensure Success with CommonLit by Unlocking Over 60 Trainings for your Team

Is your team planning to roll-out CommonLit' full digital library, assessments, or CommonLit 360?

If so, CommonLit's Professional Development Portal is essential. The Portal includes:

  • 15+ trainings to maximize your team's usage of CommonLit's digital lesson library. These trainings focus on text selection, digital tools, data tracking, and more.
  • 45+ trainings to ensure success with CommonLit 360. This includes a 30-minute training for each CommonLit 360 Unit. By the end of that training, teachers will fully understand the unit's content, writing outcomes, and key pacing options.

Schools and districts can unlock this set of Professional Development resources with the purchase of CommonLit’s School Essentials or School Essentials PRO packages for SY22–23.

You can also request a quote for School Essentials PRO via this link, which is our most comprehensive rollout package.

Below, you can review a full list of the training modules included in CommonLit’s Professional Development Portal:

CommonLit 360

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!

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CommonLit 360’s unit-specific PD modules include helpful video overviews to get teachers ready to dive into each unit.

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

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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.

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.

CommonLit Basics

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.

CommonLit Español

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.

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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.

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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.

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Family Engagement

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

CommonLit’s Professional Development Portal is included in CommonLit’s School Essentials and School Essentials PRO packages.

This essential toolkit is a great way to help ensure that teachers can fully utilize CommonLit’s comprehensive program.

Next Steps

Interested in securing school-wide access to the Professional Development Portal and more? Reach out to us at partnerships@commonlit.org! 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!