We are

The Living Literacy Network

Inspiring educators and students
to live literate rich lives


We believe that

educators need to be empowered to implement best practices, which will ultimately enhance student achievement

We strive to

create a network of likeminded educators through high quality professional development utilizing a balanced literacy framework. 

What we do

We customize our services to meet the needs of each school by collaborating with:


To identify and support their short and long-term visions for literacy instruction

Educators and Specialists

To either design rigorous curriculum or enhance their existing curriculum.


To ensure the successful, ongoing implementation in their classrooms.


Throughout, we address specific professional development topics of interest. 

How we do it…

We do a needs assessment

Curriculum Review and Analysis

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Literacy Discussions with Leaders

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School Walk Throughs

We customize  a plan

Made to Measure

District Aligned

Flexible and Adaptable

We implement and promote

Workshops and

1-on-1 Coaching

Study Group




Who we are


Lea Mercantini-Leibowitz taught in public and private schools where her classroom and masterful teaching served as a lab site and visitation site for balanced literacy instruction. She later worked as… (more)


Erik Lepis taught in suburban New York where his reading and writing workshop classroom served as a visitation site for teachers across the district and across Long Island as a model for balanced literacy (more)


Michelle Stone has over 15 years of teaching experience in New York City and Long Island Public Schools. Her reading and writing workshops were visited by teachers across… (more)


Molly Feeney Wood, an alum of Cornell University and Teachers College, Columbia University, taught in the highly regarded PS 199 in New York City Public Schools for several years where she mentored literacy… (more)

Where we work

Our Professional Development Work in Literacy

What we explore

Our work is informed by a few different areas of study

What people say

A few things those we have worked with have to say

How to reach us


The Living Literacy Network
P.O. Box 1075
Long Beach NY 11561

516 459 9476