Professional Development Opportunities


At Literacy Connects, we are a community of learners! We strive to provide ongoing learning opportunities for all volunteers so that we can continue to learn and grow together.



Professional Development Opportunities

Reading Seed workshops are open to all learners and practitioners.

Literacy Connects Volunteers and Teachers at RS Partner Schools: No charge
Non-Literacy Connects Affiliates: $20

To register, click on the link at the bottom of this page.


Workshop Topics for the Next Month

New Coach Coffee Hour

Join experienced coaches in a casual setting to learn about their tips and tricks for the beginning coaching sessions. Coaches guide this casual session designed to help new coaches become more prepared and informed. Can’t stay the whole two hours? No problem. Come and go as needed.

Monday, January 29th 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Literacy Connects
Tuesday, February 13th 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Literacy Connects

Skill Building Games: Make and Take

This annual workshop provides attendees the chance to learn about different games to play using books AND gives them the opportunity to make and take these games as well! Materials included.

 Tuesday, January 16th 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Literacy Connects

Movement Strategies for the Young and the Restless

We’ve all met those wiggly students, the ones who just want to stand up and hop about the room. Attend this short, interactive workshop to learn how to capitalize on your fluttery students’ energy while reading.

 Monday, January 8th 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Literacy Connects
TBD 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Murphy Wilmot Library

Comprehension and Thinking Aloud

Comprehension is the purpose of reading, but how can you tell if your student actually “gets it”?  Coaches who attend this training will learn the seven reading comprehension strategies, the art of using Think Alouds, and how to have meaningful discussions about the books read with students. This workshop is applicable to all grade levels and teaches strategies that could be used at every session.

Wednesday, January 10th 10:00 – 12:00 p.m. Literacy Connects
TBD 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Murphy Wilmot Library

Ways to Correct  Students While They Read

In this workshop, we will talk about how to correct students  in ways that promote independent reading skills.

 Tuesday, February 6th 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Literacy Connects


Monthly Events
What’s Poppin’? Popular Book Chats

Popcorn provided!

Join Violet, our Library Coordinator, for a jam-packed hour of fun featuring exciting books! Bring your own lunch. We’ll provide the poppin’ good time!

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at Literacy Connects

  • Thursday, December 14th
  • Thursday, January 11th
  • Thursday, February 8th
  • Thursday, March 8th
  • Thursday, April 12th
Library and Book Resources

Join Violet, our Library Coordinator as she guides you through useful library and book resources available to all Literacy Connects volunteers.

2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Literacy Connects

  • Wednesday, January 10th
  • Wednesday, February 14th
  • Wednesday, March 7th

ALL Coach Coffee Hours

 Join Reading Seed staff and other volunteers at local coffee shops around Tucson for a Coffee Hour! Free books will be available for the taking. ALL coffee hours take place between 3:30 and 5:00 p.m.

Spring Dates



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Professional Development workshops are planned by Jessica Dennes, a graduate of Texas A&M University, former reading teacher and educational consultant in South Texas.  Jessica began teaching through Teach for America in her hometown before moving to Tucson in August of 2013. She holds a Master’s degree in Teaching and Teacher Education with an emphasis in literacy and early childhood from the University of Arizona.