Lauren Kaufman is an elementary Instructional Coach and Mentor Coordinator for the Long Beach Public Schools in Long Island, NY. She is a lifelong learner whose professional passion is to empower teachers to be lead learners so they can share their gifts with others and develop lifelong literacy practices in all learners. She has led teams developing 73 Units of Study in Reading and Writing K-5 and provides educators with job-embedded professional learning that supports a Balanced Literacy approach. Lauren has also taught grades 2 and 5 for the New York City Department of Education and was a Reading Specialist in Long Beach. She has organized Long Beach Literacy Day and has presented at #LBLit, LIASCD, EDCampLI, NerdcampLI, and DEI Conferences. Lauren enjoys sharing best literacy practices with colleagues, and wholeheartedly believes in developing powerful professional learning communities that cultivate meaningful, relevant professional growth.