Professional Development Center for Educators

“Reading and writing are the gateways to knowledge.”

The PDCE literacy team helps K-12 teachers develop challenging, interesting curriculum that is critical for students to graduate college and career ready. When schools and districts partner with us they receive support in

  • Implementing best practices in English Language Arts instruction
  • Designing flexible assessment systems
  • Integrate Reading and Writing across content areas
  • Aligning instruction with the Common Core State Standards
  • Meeting the needs of children learning English and students with disabilities


Our experienced team will help identify, facilitate, and sustain high quality learning in literacy. To assist our partner schools and districts, the PDCE can provide

  • Presentations and institutes about evidence-based practices in literacy;
  • Coaching support for teachers in using evidence-based practices in literacy;
  • Design and implementation support for response to intervention initiatives;
  • Training and coaching for small-group foundational skills instruction;
  • Training and coaching for genre-based writing instruction;
  • Training and coaching for knowledge-building read alouds;
  • Support for principals observing and providing feedback about literacy instruction;
  • Support for implementation of Bookworms Reading and Writing; and
  • Design and support for professional book studies.

Interested in learning more about how we can help you achieve your goals?

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Engaging Curriculum

The Bookworms program, co-developed by UD’s Sharon Walpole, has helped improve reading skills for students in Delaware and Maryland.

Our team partners with the Dept. of Education to support the implementation of CCSS through the Reading and Writing Project and other initiatives

Learn more about how the Bookworms program is affecting schools in Delaware and Georgia.

Meet the Team

Sharon Walpole
Instructional Specialist, Literacy

Kim Wheedleton
Instructional Specialist, Literacy

Marisa Hockman
Instructional Specialist, Literacy

Aleta Thompson
Instructional Specialist, Literacy

Tracy Hudson
Instructional Specialist, Literacy

Tammy Steele
Instructional Specialist, Literacy

Debbie Grise
Instructional Specialist, Literacy

Patti Bunting
Instructional Specialist, Literacy

Anita Hart
Instructional Specialist, Literacy

Kim Wagner
Instructional Specialist, Literacy

Melissa Auger
Instructional Specialist, Literacy

Kat Papia
Instructional Specialist, Literacy