Professional Development & Coaching

Professional learning for equity.

As an experienced professional learning team, we know that every school, district, or organization has its own diverse community and specific set of needs. Instead of a one size fits all approach, we work with our partners to design a professional learning plan that meets them where they’re at. Our work is grounded in clear, actionable goals and outcomes for all learners—youth and adults.

While schools and youth-serving organizations continue to deal with the impacts of the pandemic, it’s more important than ever to have targeted professional learning that is grounded in equity and inclusion.

Want to learn more about what our expert team can do for you?

We work with schools, districts, and organizations across Massachusetts and beyond.

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How we can support you

A partnership with WriteBoston can look a few different ways. For the most impact, we embed a coach into a school or district for 1-3 days per week through the duration of one or more school years. For shorter-term projects, we consider your available time and resources and offer customized workshops with or without implementation support.

Professional learning support can include:

A coach collaborates with educators—both new and experienced—to teach their content through targeted literacy strategies (writing, of course, but listening, speaking, and reading as well). These methods promote students’ critical thinking and meaning making. Coaches provide resources and support to keep teachers learning and improving their practice. What coaching looks like can vary:

  • A coach meets one-on-one with teachers during planning periods to help develop units and lessons, create assessments, and devise effective teaching strategies. The coach then follows up in the classroom with co-teaching or observation.
  • A coach meets weekly with a department or teacher teams to provide workshops, reflect on student work, and develop and align school-wide language and practices.
  • A coach facilitates school-wide professional development on a particular aspect of literacy across the curriculum.

Read about a successful coaching partnership at Boston Community Leadership Academy.

Schools and districts that employ embedded coaches know that coaching can be demanding—and often isolating. With an expert staff of instructional leaders who possess extensive coaching experience, WriteBoston is able to support school-based coaches in their daily work of translating literacy best practices into actionable supports and strategies that can be shared with classroom teachers.

Tasked with wearing multiple hats, coaching requires a body of content knowledge around instruction broadly, and literacy specifically. At the same time, effective coaches also know how to work with adults to advance their learning. That can be a tall order, even for the most skilled educators.

Based on the needs of our partners, WriteBoston strengthens the capacity of school and district coaches around both content and coaching strategies that enable them to deepen their impact on classroom instruction.

Read about a successful partnership that includes coaching-the-coach support.

Professional development done well—responsive to authentic needs, deeply tied to implementation, and delivered with an awareness of who’s in the classroom—can lead to real change. WriteBoston provides workshops on a broad range of topics, all tailored or created specifically for the particular context of the partner.

WriteBoston pairs skillful workshops with implementation support such as modeling, co-planning sessions, and short-term coaching, to ensure that the practices and strategies at the core of the workshops become a part of daily classroom instruction and truly reach students.

We support educators across disciplines and content areas, with the knowledge that developing strong literacy skills happens across department and school buildings.

As an external partner, we have the unique opportunity to maintain a strategic focus on literacy in all its forms—and to ensure that the work of educators across all levels of the school ecosystem (teachers, building coaches, principals and district leaders) are aligned, coordinated and supporting powerful instructional practices in the classroom.

This work can include administrator versions of teacher/coach workshops, support aligning evaluation with instructional best practices, learning walks and literacy audits all geared towards creating impact and coherence across schools and districts.

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TiP for Teachers

As an authentic platform for youth voice, Teens in Print is an accessible resource for classroom learning.

Introduce your students to Teens in Print.

Teens in Print welcomes 8th through 12th grade students into our virtual after-school program every three weeks. No journalism experience is required. In addition to helping teens build their writing and critical thinking skills, we also provide college writing support. Share this form below with your students, and we’ll get them connected to our after-school programming.

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Have your students submit writing for publication.

Teens in Print encourages teachers to support their students in submitting writing to our website. We accept submissions of any kind on a rolling basis: journalism, academic, personal, or creative. Our publication provides students with a broad and influential audience.

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Receive student writing from Teens in Print.

Teens in Print is publishing student journalism and multimedia content online. Sign up below to receive student writing in your inbox, and read our students’ work here.

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Teens in Print

Amplifying youth voice across Boston.

Teens in Print (TiP) is a writing program created to amplify the marginalized voices of eighth to twelfth-grade Boston students. TiP offers an after-school program, an intensive six-week summer writing program, writing and media literacy workshops for Boston teachers and community organizations, and an online platform for student writing.

Who we are

We pride ourselves on being an inclusive writing program that encourages and celebrates the diversity of thought and identity. TiP believes that empowering students to explore, refine, and share their ideas is a prerequisite to creating young adults who do well in the world and for the world.

We strive to give students the tools to effectively share their experiences and perspectives through writing, the platform to reach decision-makers who can act on their ideas, and the knowledge to become thoughtful consumers of media.

Join TiP and share your story.

At Teens in Print (TiP), we seek to uplift young voices that are historically marginalized and often excluded in traditional media. Students who join our program will connect with peers from across Boston, learn about writing and media, and publish writing on our website:

TiP students are free to explore their own interests and passions. From op-eds and advocacy letters to listicles and photo essays, our students try out all sorts of writing and creative expression.

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TiP for Teachers

Sign up to receive student writing from Teens in Print, schedule a workshop for your classroom, or submit student writing for publication.

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Summer Journalism Institute

Discover journalism. Develop your future. Dive into Boston.

Teens in Print’s Summer Journalism Institute (SJI) aims to give Boston teens an immersive writing experience through culturally enriching outings that encourage students to interrogate the history of Boston as it relates to them using key journalism skills.

By interacting with public and cultural spaces they may not traditionally have access to, students will be able to claim ownership over larger societal narratives and produce pieces of writing that reflect their enhanced understanding of their unique position within the city of Boston. Through a combination of writing and multimedia projects, students will contribute to and challenge some of the established narratives that define people’s lived experiences in this city.

From Snapchat, to Twitter, to Buzzfeed, news is everywhere you look. Your generation is the first to have 24/7 access to everything going on in the world—but that comes with a unique set of challenges. Couple this with growing up in the city of Boston and suddenly you are the center of historical narratives that have combined with current trends that ultimately shape how people view and behave in this city. We aim to help you find your place within these larger narratives and use your voice to positively contribute to the world around you. 

As a journalist this summer, you’ll get to test out the power of your voice and identity and leave with sharpened media skills, something you’ll be able to apply in the future whether you’re a reporter on the White House beat, or simply reading your news app on the T.

By the end of this hybrid six-week program, you will walk away with a deeper understanding of journalism, plus several published pieces of writing and multimedia content.

SJI is a dynamic program, and every day looks a little different. Here’s a sample of what you might experience:

  • The day will begin with a check-in with a group of 30 of your peers.  
  • Next, you’ll break into small writing modules to talk about the piece you’re working on.
  • After a break, you’ll take some independent time to work on your piece.
  • You’ll have a dedicated mentor and small group check-ins to talk about your writing, ask for and offer feedback, and discuss challenges. 
  • The full group will come back together to share and debrief at the end of each day.

Throughout the summer, you’ll participate in multi-media workshops and explore historical landmarks across this city. You might hear from seasoned journalists, speak to professionals of color about navigating race and equity issues in the workplace, or network with adults in fields like marketing, law, and the arts.

Who participates in SJI?
Each year, we welcome about 30 teens who live in Boston and will be attending high school in September. These teens come from a vast array of neighborhoods and attend dozens of different schools across the city. Approximately 40% of our participants speak a language other than English at home.

When does SJI take place?
SJI runs for six weeks, July 5 – August 11, Monday to Friday. We ask that all participants are able to commit to attending all six weeks of programming.

Where is SJI held?
SJI will be both in-person and virtual this year. You’ll join us in person for the first few days of programming as we review program expectations and equip you with access to our Discord server that we will use to meet virtually. Every Wednesday we will meet in person for the second half of the day and go on a field trip. For the last four weeks, we will be in person at Babson College located in downtown Boston. 

Why should I join?
Earning a byline is hard, even for adult professional journalists. But after just six weeks in the Summer Journalism Institute, you’ll be published on the Teens in Print website. Having a publication on your resume will help you stand out for other professional opportunities—like college and internships. Past participants have talked about their experience with SJI in job interviews, asked SJI mentors for feedback on their college essays, and requested recommendation letters.

How do I get paid?
Participants will be paid an hourly rate of $15 an hour up to 25 hours a week. Checks will be mailed to participants’ homes. Direct deposit is not available.

Do I need to have experience in journalism to join?
No. We do not expect participants to have experience in journalism prior to joining our program. We look for participants who are curious about the world, passionate about something and ready to learn.  

What if I don’t have a laptop computer that I can use?
While students are free to use their own computer, we have laptops available for students to borrow during the summer. Students who borrow technology will be asked to sign a contract along with their parent/guardian.

If I don’t have a lot of writing experience, is SJI for me?
Whether you’re a published poet or you’ve never written a word, our mentor team at SJI will meet you where you are. Our job is to push you to grow as a writer – you just need to be excited about telling your story, and willing to practice writing every day.

While everyone will be required to write in some capacity, we’re open to having students work on products that aren’t explicitly writing, such as a photojournalism series.

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Support Great Writing

We’re committed to building impactful partnerships with organizations and individuals who are invested in the next generation.

Opportunities to volunteer—as a group or as an individual—are listed below. We aim to build mutually beneficial partnerships that support the success of young people and have opportunities throughout the year. To discuss other ways to get engaged, please contact Anne Shackleford, Director of Development and Communication.

Become a Source for Teen Writers

Offer your industry expertise to budding journalists. Add your contact information to our source list to be a valuable resource for young reporters.

When you sign up, students may reach out to you for a quote, interview, or for background information in your area of expertise. If you agree, your name and organization will be published as an authority for readership across the city.

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Read for the Rising Voices Awards

The Rising Voices Awards (RVA) are presented for each quarterly cycle of Teens in Print, our writing program for Boston middle and high schoolers. Winning students receive a cash prize and special recognition on the Teens in Print website.

As a reader for RVA, you’ll celebrate excellent writing and engage in meaningful volunteering. Partners volunteer to read and score a selection of nominated articles to decide each cycles’ Rising Voices Award winners.

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Contact Us

Thank you for your interest in WriteBoston. To get in touch, please use the form below or call us at 617-541-2604.

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    Join Our Team

    Current Openings

    Grants Specialist

    Reporting to the Director of Institutional Advancement and in collaboration with the Executive Director and the Director of Marketing and Communications, the Grants Specialist will have the unique opportunity to help shape the future direction of WriteBoston as it stabilizes its revenue and expands its reach in Boston and Gateway Cities. Focused on identifying and soliciting corporations and foundations to fund values-aligned opportunities, this position will inherit a robust existing portfolio of grantors.

    Who we are

    WriteBoston fosters deep learning for youth and educators. We elevate and reshape the role of literacy – writing, reading, and discussion – so that all youth think critically and can use their voice to create change. WriteBoston offers professional development and coaching for educators and afterschool and summer programming for youth. All of our work seeks to enhance the learning experiences of young people. To learn more about our work, visit

    At WriteBoston, we are a collaborative, mission-oriented team. View our staff norms to learn more about how our values are embedded in our operations and what our team culture entails.

    Core Job Responsibilities

    The Grants Specialist will work closely with the Director of Institutional Advancement to create and implement an annual strategy for WriteBoston, develop deep knowledge of our programs, maintain grants applications and reports for the organization, update grants narratives to reflect programmatic initiatives, and effectively and ethically communicate WriteBoston’s impact story to seed new grantors. 

    Key responsibilities will include:

    • Manage and expand an existing portfolio of foundation and corporate donors and its grants submission process;
    • Prospect for new and under-explored funding opportunities;
    • Draft content for grant proposals, reports, and related communications;
    • Liaise with the Teens in Print Program Director, Director of Professional Learning and Partnerships, and other team members to fulfill data requests for grant applications;
    • Secure sponsorship and support the logistics for special events, especially WriteBoston’s Pros&Conversation fundraiser;
    • Contribute content to newsletters, annual reports, and other stewardship materials;
    • Manage, monitor and update WriteBoston’s grants calendar and implement timely follow-up processes for foundations;
    • Assist in the planning and preparation of stewardship and cultivation meetings to be led by the Executive Director and the Director of Institutional Advancement, and;
    • Support additional development projects, operations, and activities as requested.

    Who you are

    We recognize that people from marginalized backgrounds are often less likely to apply for a role if they don’t meet every job requirement. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply. We’ll honor your lived and professional experience as key aspects of your candidacy for the role and prioritize applicants with experience dismantling the structural inequities that exist in education and disproportionately impact youth and families with traditionally marginalized identities. In addition to the skills and experience listed below, the right orientation is equally important.

    Qualifications (Experience & Skills) 

    • High Priority Experience and Skills:
        • 3-5 years of grant writing experience, preferably with foundations and corporations.
        • Strong interpersonal skills to interact effectively with colleagues and partners.
        • Research, writing, and proofreading skills with consistent attention to detail, and/or a willingness to grow and develop these skills.
        • Analytical skills and use of data to drive decision-making and to build consensus/support
        • Organizational skills and ability to create systems to manage multiple projects.
    • Communication
        • Demonstrated ability to effectively connect and convey information with a variety of audiences via written and verbal communication.
        • Strong ability to communicate the importance of WriteBoston’s mission verbally and in writing. This role will require direct and indirect communication with WriteBoston donors, volunteers, and program constituents including educators and teens. 
    • Relationship building
        • Highly collaborative and able to work as part of a cross-functional team. 
        • Promotes a professional collaborative learning culture that prioritizes transparency, ongoing feedback, and opportunities for growth.
    • Project management
        • Self-motivated and organized independent worker who functions effectively in a hybrid work environment while being an enthusiastic team member committed to shared success
        • Strong approach to project management that emphasizes collaboration, clarity, and organization.
        • Demonstrated ability to collaborate successfully with others and manage different timelines. Comfortable juggling lots of components at once.
    • Promoting Equity
        • Commitment to improving your ability to recognize and respond to biases, inequities, and oppressive ideologies.
        • Commitment to a community-centric fundraising model that prioritizes the entire community over individual funders.
        • Commitment to amplifying youth and teachers’ voices from persistently marginalized communities.
        • Commitment to increasing equity in opportunity and outcomes for youth and educators and to recognizing factors known to significantly impact differential outcomes for youth and educators, including race, ethnicity, language, and socio-economic status.
    • Administrative/Other
      • Strong organizational skills and ability to use systems in place and create new ones.
      • Proficient in Google Suite and comfortable using/learning other tech and software (i.e. Asaba, Slack, DonorPerfect, etc.)

    Other requirements: This position requires a Bachelors’ degree or equivalent.

    Additional Information

    Location: WriteBoston’s office is located at 555 Amory Street, Jamaica Plain, MA. Advancement staff work a hybrid schedule, typically 2 days in the office and 3 days remote. WriteBoston will provide necessary technology. 

    Position Details: This is a full time position. Looking to hire early September.

    Salary and Benefits: 

    • Starting annual salary range of $58,249 to $61,300 commensurate with experience (full-time position)
    • 4 weeks of paid vacation and 11 paid holidays, plus paid time off from Dec 24 through Jan 1
    • Personal time, sick leave, and Dependent Care Assistance Plan 
    • Health and dental insurance and access to a Flexible Spending Account
    • Paid parental leave (eligible after 3 months full time employment) 
    • 401K for all full time staff with an annual contribution from WriteBoston 
    • Yearly professional learning budget to support your continued growth and development
    • Transparent and equitable Performance Management Process

    We are an explicitly family-friendly organization. We expect employees to work hard and complete work in a timely manner, but also prioritize work/life balance and a culture of work that is both ambitious and humane.

    Candidates: In all of our work, we acknowledge that our education system has been deeply shaped by systemic racism, resulting in far-reaching inequities in both opportunities and outcomes for BIPOC and other historically marginalized students. WriteBoston’s work is guided by our conviction to create a more equitable and just education system that our students deserve. As an organization, we stand against racism and all forms of oppression including homophobia, transphobia, classism, sexism, ableism, and xenophobia. We commit to focused and sustained action to dismantle racist systems, policies, practices, and ideologies within ourselves and our networks.

    How to apply

    To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Dr. Abdi Ali, Executive Director at No phone calls, please.

    Our Partners

    Our partners have transformed their approach to student literacy and writing. Since 2002, we have partnered with approximately 50 schools, districts, and nonprofit organizations. To learn more about becoming a partner, please submit an inquiry through our contact form.

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    Madison Park Technical Vocational High School

    Partnership: 2016 – 2022

    How do we prepare students to meet the complex, industry-specific writing and reading demands of technical and vocational professions?

    Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, a Boston Public turn-around school, provides training in 20 technical vocational programs. 

    Whether career or college bound, students need to be confident readers and writers: able to read dense technical manuals as an auto-mechanic or electrician, or document patient outcomes as a medical assistant. A WriteBoston instructional coach supports teachers as they build the literacy skills students need to succeed in their chosen fields.

    Coaching has impacted early career and veteran teachers alike. A veteran teacher commented, “As an experienced educator, I really thought I didn’t need any assistance. Kelly has taught me different strategies on lesson plans, differentiated instruction, and assessments. [Coaching] allowed me to increase student achievement and instructional dialogue.”

    Read more about the partnership.

    Chelsea Public Schools

    Partnership: 2015 – 2020

    “How do we build capacity to support all of our students in grappling with complex reading and writing?  What does this look like at every level of a school district: for teachers, coaches, and administrators?”

    After six months with a WriteBoston coach supporting teachers at Wright Academy, the Chelsea Public Schools decided to think bigger. Why not transform literacy instruction across Chelsea’s three middle schools, so that every student has access to aligned and strong instruction?

    District leaders knew it couldn’t happen overnight. More than that, transformation would require understanding and buy-in at every level. But together, the Chelsea Public Schools and WriteBoston designed a three-year plan to support students, teachers, coaches, administrators, and district leaders.

    Initial feedback has been excellent. As one district coach wrote: “When I heard we had another trainer this year, I was less than thrilled. However, this is one training (and trainer) I actually learned from and walked away with immediate action steps, plans, ideas and resources to test out literally the next day.”

    Download the full partnership profile. (PDF)

    City Year Boston

    Partnership: 2015 – 2019

    “What literacy tools, strategies, and knowledge do City Year corps members need to support school communities and impact the students they serve?”

    Nearly 200 City Year corps members work in 20+ Boston Public schools — reaching over 1,000 students each year. Corps members, young and passionate, often have little prior experience in urban education. To help them navigate their complex work in schools, City Year provides ongoing  training to every corps member. When literacy was identified as a central area of need, City Year Boston called WriteBoston’s Director of Programming and Training, Jessie Gerson.

    Together, WriteBoston and City Year developed a series of workshops based on core literacy practices and feedback from Corps members. And support didn’t end with workshops. To help corps members as they tested out strategies in their own schools, WriteBoston conducted classroom observations, hosted office hours for corps members, and provided thought partnering with City Year leadership.

    Feedback from Corps Members has been glowing. Over nine training sessions, more than 99% of the 130+ volunteer respondents rated the trainings as “good” or “excellent” — the top two ratings on a five-point scale.

    Read more about the partnership.

    Five District Partnership

    Partnership: 2015 – 2018

    “What does good “grade-level” writing look like? How do we assess it, and how does that assessment guide instruction? How do we scale and align great instruction happening in one classroom to multiple classrooms, schools, and districts?”

    The Five District Partnership (5DP) is an innovative joint education effort among the districts of Chelsea, Everett, Malden, Revere, and Winthrop to improve instruction and academic achievement. Born after research showed a high rate of mobility among students within the five districts, the collaborative has already made incredible progress.

    WriteBoston’s relationship with the 5DP started small–with a series of summer workshops for teachers–but quickly expanded. To meet areas of critical need in literacy, WriteBoston and the 5DP launched a two-year project to design, pilot, and bring to scale argument-based writing assessments in middle schools across all five districts.

    Funded by the Cummings Foundation, this project impacted an estimated 10,000 students. The work was spearheaded by a WriteBoston facilitator and a working group of coaches and teacher leaders from across five districts, who have continued to shepherd this work after the partnership officially ended.

    Cove Davis, the 5DP’s Executive Administrator for Curriculum and Development, said: “WriteBoston has been one of our key professional development partners. Facilitators from WriteBoston are dynamic, experienced, and responsive to the needs of teachers.”

    Boston Community Leadership Academy

    Partnership: 2002 – 2015

    At Boston Community Leadership Academy (BCLA), teachers and administrators alike credit WriteBoston with helping to transform the school’s approach to professional development.

    Kelly Knopf-Goldner, a WriteBoston coach, worked on-site with teachers two days a week. BCLA educators say that Kelly has brought coherence and focus to teachers’ professional growth and classroom instruction.

    Headmaster Brett Dickens said, “Before WriteBoston, I always found professional development to be discouraging for teachers – too many presenters with no credibility and no follow-up. Now, with Kelly, the professional development is institutionalized, planned, teacher-driven, and sustained.”

    Download the full school profile (PDF)

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    Greater Lawrence Technical School

    Partnership: 2011 – 2014

    Teachers at Greater Lawrence Technical School admit that they were somewhat skeptical at first about working with a WriteBoston coach. Many of them recalled frustrating past experiences with “expert consultants,” whose support was not tailored to their needs and rarely resulted in meaningful change to their practice. When Rebecca Steinitz began working with the faculty in the fall of 2011, she knew she had to deliver professional development that was relevant, customized, and actionable.

    Two years later, teachers and administrators alike reported that their work with WriteBoston had a profound impact on teaching practice and on the overall culture of the school. Student writing grew dramatically in volume and quality. Teachers now hold students to high expectations for literacy, writing, and critical thinking, not only in English classes but in other academic subjects and in vocational classes as well.

    Download the full school profile (PDF)

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    Our Board

    WriteBoston Board of Directors

    James Tierney
    Board President
    Managing Director, New England Market
    JLL Boston

    Phillip Page
    Board Vice President
    Vice President of Strategic Partnerships
    Cambridge College

    Doug Banks
    Board Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair
    Executive Editor
    Boston Business Journal

    Frannie Moyer
    Board Secretary
    Career Educator, Mentor, and Volunteer

    Corey Allen

    Caren Arnstein
    Development Committee Chair
    (Retired) Senior VP, Head of Corporate Communications
    Sanofi Genzyme

    Caitlin Dodge
    Chief Executive Officer

    Jenny Leopold
    Yoga Teacher and Community Volunteer

    Celeste Lee
    Philanthropy Consultant
    Adjunct Instructor, Brandeis

    Nick Martin
    Governance Committee Chair
    Senior Director
    Bully Pulpit Interactive

    Deborah Spencer
    Chief Marketing Officer
    The Castle Group

    Claudius Zorokong
    Lending Officer
    Rockland Trust