Adolescent Literacy Support

CORE Learning and UnboundEd are offering grant-funded literacy training, coaching, and support to middle grades (6–8) educators.

About the Offering

CORE Learning and UnboundEd invite districts or charter management organizations (CMOs) to participate in the Adolescent Literacy Planning & Implementation Collaborative (ALPIC), a professional learning cohort focused on improving adolescent literacy instruction and closing equity gaps.


Participating school teams will receive training, coaching, and support.


Adolescent Literacy Planning & Implementation Collaborative

ALIPC, a professional learning program grounded in the science of reading and social-emotional learning, provides school teams with the tools and practical skills they need to improve literacy outcomes for all students.


Each participating school will create a literacy leadership team composed of four to six administrators and educators who will receive virtual professional learning and technical assistance to develop a research-based, actionable, and meaningful plan to improve literacy outcomes at their schools.

Program Outcomes:

Teachers improve adolescent literacy instruction

Schools increase capacity to support effective adolescent literacy instruction

Literacy outcomes improve for all students

Equity gaps in achievement are closed

Connect with us

Contact us to learn more about participating in ALPIC and how we can support you.


Districts/CMOs and middle schools must commit to ALPIC participation for the duration of the grant period (2023-2026).


They will be required to complete the following tasks:

  • Identify a district employee to serve as a liaison for the grant.

  • Complete a Memorandum of Understanding and data sharing agreement with UnboundEd and American Institutes for Research (AIR).

  • Identify a group of administrators/educators per school who will serve as the literacy leadership team and will commit and be enabled to have time for the training/support (approximately 20 hours in Spring/Summer of 2024).

Research Component

This program includes external evaluation as part of the grant, conducted by AIR. The research design requires a randomized controlled study with schools as the unit of analysis.

A district/CMO will identify multiple schools, and a randomization process will determine which schools will receive the support (treatment) and which schools will not (control). In Year 3 of the grant, control schools will receive the same training as the other schools at no cost.


 Literacy leadership teams engage in virtual professional learning regarding:

  • Structured literacy and the science of reading,

  • Social-emotional learning as it relates to literacy instruction, and

  • Tools of continuous improvement, including analytics.

At the end of this professional learning, literacy teams create a plan to implement at their school.

Schools implement their literacy plans, with support from our team including:

  • Job-embedded coaching and support,
  • Ongoing professional learning and networking for participating schools, and
  • Support with data analysis.

Cohort 1 will begin the work in the summer of 2024, and Cohort 2 will start the program in summer 2025.


We are currently recruiting, so please connect with us if you are interested in participating.

School teams attend the following:

  • 20 hours of professional learning sessions for school teams (4-6 participants)
  • 12 hours of implementation training (Year 2)
  • Optional: Up to 6 days of on-site support
  • Optional: Up to 120 hours of implementation coaching for school teams

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