Professional Development Center for Educators

Bookworms Institutes

Boy pointing at a book in his lap. Text reads: Bookworms K-5 Reading and Writing Training Institutes

Bookworms K-5 Reading and Writing Institute

Come join us in July 2020 to immerse yourself in the theory and practical application of the Bookworms K-5 Reading and Writing curriculum. This summer institute will include a full-day session for administrators and coaches on Monday, July 20, followed by three days of learning, networking and problem-solving opportunities for teachers and leaders working together. Register to fine-tune your knowledge of Bookworms as we focus on users with some experience.

The institute is open to teachers, administrators, reading specialists, and coaches with at least some level of experience using the Bookworms curriculum. Sharon Walpole, the Bookworms author, and the University of Delaware’s Bookworms coaches will lead panel sessions, grade-level breakout sessions, and networking and collaboration opportunities.  Participants will be able to choose sessions that best meet their needs.

Learning Objectives

Teacher reads with a group of elementary-aged students

Teacher participants will be able to navigate the curriculum materials and implement the instructional routines in the Bookworms K-5 Reading and Writing curriculum.

Coach participants will gain a deeper understanding of the Bookworms K-5 Reading and Writing curriculum, including specific grade-level processes, and strategies for observation and feedback that build teacher competence and confidence.

Administrator participants will explore the conditions (scheduling, training, coaching and professional learning, and evaluation) that build Bookworms teacher expertise.

Registration begins March 1, 2020

Clayton Hall Conference Center

University of Delaware

100 David Hollowell Drive, Newark, DE 19716

(302) 831-2214

Room blocks have been arranged at two local hotels:

Courtyard Newark-University of Delaware

400 David Hollowell Drive, Newark DE 19716

(302) 737-0900

Springhill Suites Newark Downtown

402 Ogletown Road, Newark, DE 19711

(302) 273-1000

Registrants can access the room block reservation links through Eventbrite. Contact Crystal ( or 302-831-0944 with any questions).

By car: 

The University of Delaware is conveniently located a few miles from I-95.

By train:

There is an Amtrak and Septa Regional Rail station in Newark, DE, just a few miles from the conference center.

By airplane: 

The University of Delaware is located about 35 miles from the Philadelphia International Airport, and about 70 miles from the Baltimore/Washington International Airport.