What is the Penn Literacy Network?

“The Penn Literacy Network (PLN) is a comprehensive professional development/curricular enhancement/school reform program based in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. PLN has provided on-site and regionally-based credit-bearing or non-credit bearing courses, workshops, coaching programs and leadership training to more than 31,000 PreK-12 educators across the United States and internationally in the areas of reading, writing, special needs, ELL, mathematics, science, and technology since 1981.”- https://www.gse.upenn.edu/pln/about

For more information please visit: https://www.gse.upenn.edu/pln/


Courses, Workshops, and Curriculum

  • PLN 1: Forming & Reforming Reading Writing Talking Across the Curriculum (EDCE533)
    • Garnet Valley School District, PA (2015)
    • Colonial School District, PA (2015)
    • Detroit Public Schools, MI (2010)
    • Springfield Delaware County School District, PA (2006)
    • Northwest Area School District, PA (2006)
  • PLN 5: Informational Reading and Writing (EDCE611)
    • Garnet Valley School District, PA (2014)
    • West Chester Area School District, PA (2011)
    • Wissahickon School District, PA (2009)
  • PLN 6: Research, Non-fiction Reading, Writing and Technology (EDCE620)
    • Colonial School District, PA (2015)
    • Penn Manor School District, PA (2013)
    • West Chester Area School District, PA (2012)
    • Co-authored updates to this course curriculum to meet 21st Century/Future Ready demands (2011)
  • PLN 13: Literacy Study Group (EDCE 613A/638B/618C)
    • West Chester Area School District, PA (2013)
      • Best Practice: Bringing Standards to Life in America’s Classrooms. Hyde, Daniels, & Zemelman (2012)
    • Northwest Area School District, PA (2007)
      • I Read It, but I Don’t Get It. Tovani (2000)
  • PLN 15: Engaging Students through Digital Learning Environments (EDCE616)
    • Moorestown Township Public Schools, NJ (2012)
  • PLN 18b: Teaching Writing Across the Curriculum Infused with Technology (EDCE622)
    • Garnet Valley School District, PA (2016).
      • Mentor Text: Crafting Digital Writing: Composing Texts Across Media and Genres, Troy Hicks (2013)
    • Moorestown Township Public Schools, NJ (2011)
  • PLN Workshops
    • Garnet Valley SD, PA
      • Coaching Institute for Literacy & Instructional Technology
    • Saint Paul the VI, NJ
      • Future Ready: Teaching and Guiding Digital Age Learners
    • Bishop Eustace College Preparatory School, NJ
      • Writing Across the Content Areas-Collins Writing Program
    • Moorestown Township Public Schools, NJ
      • Engaging Students through the Use of Digital Portfolios
    • University of Pennsylvania Summer Leadership Week
      • Transacting with Text, Learning to Learn & Infographics & Visual Learning: “Reading Like a Writer: Infographics”
      • Integrating Composing Text, Learning to Learn & Digital Storytelling: “Writing like an Author”
      • Extending Reading and Writing Through Genius Hour/20% Time
      • Engaging Students through the Use of Digital Portfolios
      • Students Today: Creating Digital Citizens