Learner FIRST Center For Literacy and Coaching



The Learner FIRST Literacy and Coaching Center prides itself on providing relevant, timely professional learning and support to leaders, coaches, and teachers as they seek to provide the very best for their students. Our team includes currently practicing teachers and coaches, along with experts in the field. We understand the challenges schools face today in educating our learners.  We have a proven track record of success in implementing high quality curriculum and instruction, coaching, and achieving desirable student outcomes.  We will work to develop and strengthen your literacy and coaching programs by listening, collaboration, and working alongside you and your team to create a high quality, high impact environment by providing practical and meaningful support to your teachers and leaders to bring about real sustainable change.


The Learner FIRST Center for Literacy and Coaching provides training, coaching, and resources to leaders, coaches, and teachers so that instruction in partner districts is systemically aligned and intentionally designed to meet the needs of all learners.


We will develop teachers, coaches, and leaders who have confidence in their skills, and who implement best practices, allowing all students to experience high levels of growth and to achieve at high levels

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our services

Institutes and Workshops

The Learner FIRST Center for Literacy and Coaching provides a variety of in-person and virtual events within the topics of Literacy Instruction, Instructional Coaching Programs, and School Improvement in schools across the globe. Please click on the link below to learn more.

Mentoring for New Instructional Coaches

There is nothing more thrilling, and nerve-racking, than accepting your first instructional coaching position. We've been there! Our team of experienced, currently practicing instructional coaches are standing by and ready to support new instructional coaches during their first few years. Please click below to learn more about options for support!

On-Site and Virtual Coaching

Coaching for leaders and teachers is critical. When leaders and teachers work with a coach, they are able to refine their practices and try-out new learning. The impact that coaching has on any change is significant! our team includes trained coaches who are skilled at supporting teachers and leaders in setting short-term goals and designing coaching supports to assist in meeting those goals. We believe in coaching that is responsive to the needs of the school and educator.

North American Instructional Coaching Collaborative

The Learner FIRST Center for Literacy and Coaching is pleased to provide an opportunity for Instructional Coaches to network and learn together through our North American Instructional Coaching Collaborative. We'd love to have you join us. Click below to learn more!

Wisconsin Professional Learning Consortium (WI PLC)

The WI PLC is a consortium of school district directors who oversee the areas of curriculum, instruction, and assessment. The group provides opportunities for collaboration, learning, and support with a shared goal of improving student learning.

Data Analysis and Goal Setting

Understanding your current reality and setting goals to move your school or district forward is an important first step when planning for literacy success. Our team will use a needs assessment process to guide your team through a deep dive into your data and practices. During this process, we will not only consider literacy data, but will also examine the ways in which your team is currently supporting the needs of all learners.

FREE Resources

The Learner FIRST Center for Literacy and Coaching provides a variety of FREE video and written resources. Click below to learn more.

Our Team


Danica Lewis


Don Smith


Amy Lubben

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