Your Partners in Literacy

The school community of your dreams
is completely possible.

Your Partners in Literacy

The school community
of your dreams
is completely possible.
You’re worried about your school’s test scores.

And how can you even begin to think about becoming the best school in your district when students are struggling with reading and writing?

You feel discouraged and desperate.

And it’s frustrating because you know your school has so much potential.

Even if you’re a top performing school already, you want to continue to innovate and be a great example for your district.

Imagine the school of your dreams…

• A community of engaged learners
• Classrooms filled with students enjoying reading and writing
• Teachers using innovative teaching methods
You step into the classroom and suddenly, you remember why you got into teaching in the first place

Hello! I’m Dahlia Dallal, the founding director of Literacy Partners, a boutique educational consulting firm that uses innovative practices for professional development in literacy.

We work side-by-side with educators to help them incorporate a workshop approach to teaching. This method helps them cultivate more engaged students who love reading and writing.

By focusing on what kids want to learn, we create more independent students who become stronger readers, writers, and creative thinkers.

My enthusiasm for education runs deep.

Hello! I’m Dahlia Dallal, the founding director of Literacy Partners, a boutique educational consulting firm that uses innovative practices for professional development in literacy.

We work side-by-side with educators to help them incorporate a workshop approach to teaching. This method helps them cultivate more engaged students who love reading and writing.

By focusing on what kids want to learn, we create more independent students who become stronger readers, writers, and creative thinkers.

My enthusiasm for education runs deep.
I knew deep down that I was meant to bring this approach and philosophy of teaching to many classrooms.

Since I was a little girl, when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would say “A TEACHER!” In high school, instead of cutting class and hanging out at the beach with my friends, I spent a semester of my senior year working in a nursery school where I discovered that teaching was my calling.

From here, I went off to study elementary education at the University of Maryland. After collecting my diploma, I moved back home and began substitute teaching while I worked on my Master’s Degree at Teachers College, Columbia University.

While at Teachers College, I refined my craft as a teacher and learned more about reading and writing workshop. I was so excited about it that I completely immersed myself in learning everything there was to know. I went to calendar day workshops on days off, attended summer institutes, visited model schools to see the work in action, and read every professional text I could get my hands on. I was hooked!

After graduating Teachers College, I went on to teach in Merrick, NY and was thrilled to be able to plan my own reading and writing units and teach using this incredible approach. I taught there for seven years — the whole time staying connected with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project.

I continued to sign up every single summer for both Reading and Writing Institutes, joined leadership groups, continued to attend as many calendar day workshops as I could, and I kept reading all the newest professional books.

When I chose Merrick Unified School District, it was because they identified themselves as “a reading and writing workshop school.” It was inspiring to be where other teachers appreciated the power of this approach. Then one day, I approached my staff developer about working at TCRWP.  It seemed like such a cool job to work with teachers and students all around the country.

I was quickly offered a job as a staff developer at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project. I would be working with Lucy Calkins and many more brilliant minds. This was a dream come true!

As time passed, however, and my family all moved out to the West Coast, I started to feel like it was time for me to make a change.  Perhaps with all of my expertise and passion, I could bring incredible professional development to California, while also being closer to my family.

The intersection of passion and urgency is where Literacy Partners was born.

Having honed my skills through more than fifteen years consulting shoulder-to-shoulder with schools across the country and even internationally. I’ve trained teachers, coaches, and administrators in all areas of balanced literacy. 

Kids are our future, and we can create a society of truly amazing, productive human beings who make the world a better place. Today, it breaks my heart when I see students reading at below-average levels and don’t have access to the texts they need.

When we give kids a choice in what they read and write, they’ll be engaged and interested — they’ll want to learn. 
I want to create a world with classrooms full of cozy nooks, beanbag chairs, gathering areas, and colorful bulletin boards filled with student work that’s unique from piece to piece.

Today, I get to help schools become success stories. And when other schools go to them to see the incredible work they’re doing, and then they try it at their schools, it makes it all worth it. That ripple effect… is why we do this work!

When I’m not leading a professional development workshop, you might find me dropping into schools to support the staff developers they’re working with and getting them everything they need to be successful. And when I’m not working (which is not too often), you’ll probably find me testing out some healthy recipes in the kitchen, on a ski trip with some girlfriends, or hiking with Sophie, my adorable French bulldog.

It’s not enough for me to just help one classroom of kids. I want to help as many teachers, principals, and kids as I can.

And that’s where you come in.

Learn about our trusted, innovative methods and how we can work together here and get in touch with us at info@literacypartners.com.

All the research shows that professional development is one of the most effective ways to improve schools.
It is completely possible to go from good to great. 

And when I model a lesson or talk about how to teach something, teachers often say to me, “You make it sounds so easy!” And I smile, because usually, my response is, “Well if I made it sound hard, you would never do it, right?  Plus, it IS easy!”

I promise you; It’s completely achievable. It simply takes some work and planning and being open to revising your curriculum based on kids’ needs. And it all organically leads to higher test scores and building lifelong habits of a reader and writer.

Literacy Partners Core Values:

INSPIRING bringing passionate enthusiasm to our schools, reassuring them that higher scores and happier classrooms ARE possible

VISIONARY seeing the potential in each administrator, teacher, and student and giving them hope that they can get the results they want

EXCELLENCE believing that each school can be exceptional once they implement the right strategies that are tested and proven

TAILORED creating customized professional development programs for each school so that they have the tools to build successful, confident classes