Donald D. Durrell Reading/Writing Clinic Prof. Dev

Program Director
Jeanne R. Paratore
Contact Person
Jeanne R. Paratore 
(617) 353-3285
Mailing Address
2 Silber Way
Boston, MA 02215
Program URL 
The Donald D. Durrell Reading and Writing Clinic (RWC) at Boston University offers a variety of options for professional development. Graduate courses, which may be taken for credit or pdp's, week-long institutes, and a new certificate program are among our offerings.

The Summer Literacy Institute
Each summer, the School of Education offers a one-week institute that addresses current issues in literacy learning. The institute is intended for classroom teachers, literacy specialists, and administrators who would like to deepen or update their knowledge of effective assessment and instruction in literacy.

The Certificate Program in Literacy Intervention
The Certificate Program focuses on leadership in literacy iintervention for teachers and administrators working with students in elementary, middle, or secondary school. Taken as a whole, the Certificate represents the cornerstones of literacy instruction. Four courses comprise the Certificate, and collectively they examine effective practices in reading and writing, including reading and writing across the curriculum, successful approaches to literacy assessment, intervention strategies, and designs for differentiating instruction that address the needs of all learners.

With a minimum enrollment of 20 teachers, the Certificate Program can be offered on-site in school districts that are outside a 20-mile radius of the Boston University Charles River Campus.

For more information click here
Program Participants In Schools
  • Teachers
  • Principals

  • BU Faculty
  • Undergrads
  • Graduates

Grade Levels
  • Pre-K
  • K-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12

Participating School Districts
  • Arlington Public Schools
  • Boston Public Schools
  • Cambridge Public Schools
  • Lawrence Public Schools
  • Waltham Public Schools
  • Watertown Public Schools
  • Other: Any
Participating BU Schools and Colleges
  • School of Education
Program Focus
  • After-School and Out-of-School Programming
  • Parent and Community Engagement
  • Academic Support: English Language Arts (ELA)
  • Academic Support: English Language Learners (ELL)
Research Component Best practices in literacy intervention.
External Funding None
Additional Information