IER’s school-based, professional development model is based on a comprehensive literacy approach that balances reading, writing, language, and word study. IER’s school coaches work one-on-one with teachers modeling literacy strategies in the classroom, in small groups facilitating grade level and leadership team meetings, and in supporting parent literacy groups within each school. Among IER’s supporting activities are classroom libraries, school-based study groups, and district-wide networks.

IER implements a wide variety of professional development activities, including on-site graduate courses offered through John Carroll University. IER also coordinates school-wide retreats to facilitate learning and professional dialogue among teachers, administrators, and parents.