Leaders Cohort



The PRESS Leaders Cohort is a professional learning opportunity designed to help school leaders implement PRESS successfully. Members of this cohort will learn how to guide PRESS implementation with fidelity in their school/district. Cohort members will increase their knowledge of PRESS and how it applies in practice, and translate their understanding to support their colleagues in systems-based school improvement.

Learning Objectives

As a member of the PRESS Leaders Cohort, you will receive ongoing and embedded professional learning across the school year to:

  • Develop further understanding of the PRESS MTSS framework and how to implement it with fidelity
  • Gain understanding and utilize resources to support effective professional learning to strengthen your school’s 
    • data-driven decision making
    • tiered interventions
    • staff learning and implementation
  • Understand how to make use of PRESScommunity.org for ongoing and embedded professional learning
  • Continuously reflect, deepen your understanding, and troubleshoot about implementation of PRESS in your school/district

Education and Professional Experiences:


  • Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • At least 3 years of classroom teaching experience
  • Prior attendance at PRESS Tier 2 Interventions & Introduction to Progress Monitoring workshop (presented by PRESS staff)
  • Full or partial implementation of PRESS decision-making processes and interventions
  • Ability to utilize various technologies for collaboration (video conferencing, cloud files, discussion forums, etc.).
  • Participation or leadership in data analysis, intervention implementation, and/or coaching


  • Master's degree in literacy, administration, or educational psychology
  • K-12 Teacher of Reading License
  • Experience in the role of reading/literacy specialist or literacy coach
  • Training and experience using benchmark and progress monitoring assessments


PRESS Leaders Cohort sessions are designed to be interactive. The sessions are structured to provide members with time for learning, reflection, planning, and problem solving with the presenter and other participants. Cohort members will be expected to support implementation in their school(s) through activities most appropriate for their organization (e.g., conducting fidelity checks, providing support to professional learning communities, etc.)

Members will attend the following sessions

August 8, 2019
October 29, 2019
December 10, 2019
February 11, 2020
May 5, 2020
Where University of Minnesota Online University of Minnesota Online University of Minnesota
Length Full Day 2 hours Full Day 2 hours Full Day
Content Data Analysis and Interventions Review, reflection, and troubleshooting Progress Monitoring and Problem Solving Review, reflection, and troubleshooting Reflect, Measure Impact, and Future Planning

Additional time commitment between sessions:  Online interactions, collaborative work among cohort group members, and readings (i.e., research articles)

Session 1: This session provides guidance for PRESS Leaders to fully support the school’s data based decision-making process utilizing protocols and additional resources. We reexamine an efficient process for data teams to analyze screening data and plan supplemental tiered supports. We also consider the components of effective interventions and implementation fidelity.

Session 2: This online meeting provides an opportunity for review, reflection, and troubleshooting your school’s PRESS implementation. Scheduling will be determined based on cohort members. Access to internet and a computer with a webcam and microphone is required.

Session 3: This session provides guidance for PRESS Leaders to fully support the school’s systematic analysis of progress monitoring data, a process that is reinforced by clear protocols that guide next steps in intervention decision-making. We also examine the tier 2 problem-solving process that educators use for conducting a systematic review of students not making progress in targeted interventions. 

Session 4: Online meeting for review, reflection, and troubleshooting. Scheduling to be determined by cohort consensus. Access to internet and a computer with a webcam and microphone is required.

Session 5: This session provides guidance for PRESS Leaders to examine the impact of PRESS in their schools. Leaders will have an opportunity to reflect, learn strategies to measure impact on students and staff, and consider next steps for PRESS implementation for the upcoming school year. 

Ongoing support will be provided across the year through PRESScommunity.org (subscription included in registration fee).

Make-up Sessions: One session absence is permitted. The cohort instructor must be notified by email in advance of the absence and required make-up assignments will be arranged. The cohort member must complete and submit all make-up assignments within provided deadlines and to the instructor’s satisfaction in order to receive certification of cohort completion. 

  • Application Deadline: May 27, 2019
  • Applicants Notified via Email: June 3, 2019
  • Full Payment Due: June 19, 2019 (credit cards and purchase orders accepted)
  • Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received before August 1, 2019 are eligible for an 80% refund of the full registration fee. PRESS materials will not be provided with refund. Cancellations received by September 1, 2019 are eligible for a 50% refund of registration fee. Cancellations received after September 1, 2019 will not be refunded.

$1,200 per person

Individual Registration Includes:

  1. Enrollment in all five sessions
  2. PRESS implementation binder, with electronic resources also available
  3. PRESS Intervention Manual (Third Edition)
  4. Individual, twelve-month premium membership to PRESScommunity.org
  5. Minnesota clock hours (teacher & administrator) for in-person sessions attended
  6. Certificate of Completion upon meeting all requirements

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