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


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 PRESS literacy specialists  and other participants. Cohort members are expected to complete assignments outside of cohort meeting dates to support their individual and collective learning with other cohort members.  For example, assignments include development of presentations that address on-site needs and demonstrate on-site learning.  Additionally, cohort members are expected to evaluate one aspect of PRESS implementation at their school site using tools provided at the beginning of the cohort.

Cohort members are:

  • School administrators
  • Instructional coaches
  • MTSS-RTI specialists
  • Grade-level leaders

Although not required, we recommend participating with at least one colleague to enhance collaborative efforts and successful ongoing implementation in your school or district.

Members will attend the following sessions

August 11, 2020
October 28, 2020
December 11, 2020
February 10, 2021
May 7, 2021
Where University of Minnesota Online University of Minnesota Online University of Minnesota

Full Day

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Full Day

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Full Day

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

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 re-examine 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. Participants will learn about PRESS evaluation tools, which will support implementation efforts during the span of the leaders cohort.

Session 2: This online meeting provides an opportunity for review, reflection, and troubleshooting your school’s PRESS implementation. 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. Cohort members will co-create PLC presentations on PRESS resources to share with each other and at their school sites.

Session 4: Online meeting for review, reflection, and troubleshooting. Access to internet and a computer with a webcam and microphone is required.

Session 5: This session provides guidance for PRESS Leaders to share the impact of PRESS in their schools related to the goals set in the first session. 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. 

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. 

Education and Professional Experiences:


  • 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
  • Application Deadline: May 28, 2020
  • Applicants Notified via Email: June 4, 2020
  • Full Payment Due: June 18, 2020 
  • Cancellation Policy: Cancellations received before August 2, 2020 are eligible for an 80% refund of the full registration fee. PRESS materials will not be provided with refund. Cancellations received by September 3, 2020 are eligible for a 50% refund of registration fee. Cancellations received after September 3, 2020 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. Tools to guide the evaluation of PRESS in your school or district
  5. Individual, twelve-month premium membership to PRESScommunity.org
  6. Minnesota clock hours (teacher & administrator) for in-person sessions attended
  7. Certificate of Completion upon meeting all requirements

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