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A Guide to Literacy Coaching
Helping Teachers Increase Student Achievement

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April 2008 | 296 pages | Corwin

"A very hands-on approach to helping teachers, parents, students, and the community. Coaches are not only given the theory behind what they do, but also the knowledge of how to implement the research and theory."
—Emme Barnes, Literacy Facilitator
Hawk Ridge Elementary, Charlotte, NC

"This superior text clarifies the responsibilities, qualifications, and capabilities of the coach within and without the school and as a leadership partner."
—Connie Molony, Reading-Language Arts Specialist
Fargo Public Schools, ND

An essential guide to the "what" and the "how" of literacy coaching!

Literacy coaches regularly encounter practical and theoretical issues, ranging from decoding national and state coaching requirements to understanding how to work effectively with all students, including those with special needs. This practical guide presents effective coaching strategies and best practices for enhancing literacy instruction and student performance across all grade levels.

Ideal for individual or group professional development, this text covers skill requirements for coaching and describes four roles of effective coaches: facilitator, observer, colleague, and learner. Readers will find sample scenarios, advice from recognized literacy experts, and topic extensions for study groups, as well as:

  • Information on NCLB, Reading First, and Reading Next requirements
  • Insight into developing relationships with school administrators
  • Tips for coaching difficult or noncompliant teachers
  • Practical recommendations for first-year coaches

A Guide to Literacy Coaching illuminates the many practical strategies literacy coaches, mentors, teacher leaders, and staff developers can use to collaborate with multiple school constituencies to promote teacher development and schoolwide literacy success.


 
List of Figures
 
List of Resources
 
Foreword by Rita Bean
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. The Nature of Literacy Coaching in America's Schools
Introduction  
Why Literacy Coaching Is Important  
What Is a Literacy Coach?  
What Are the Differences Between a Literacy Coach and a Reading Specialist?  
Coaching Labels  
Position Statements on the Literacy Coach  
Role and Qualifications of the Literacy Coach  
Standards for Middle and High School Literacy Coaches  
Literacy Coaching Clearinghouse  
Literacy Coaching Certification Throughout the United States  
An Expert's Thoughts: Dr. Cathy Roller  
Summary  
Topic Extensions for Class Sessions or Study Groups  
 
2. The Multiple Roles of the Literacy Coach: Facilitator, Observer, Colleague, and Learner
Introduction  
Scenario  
Coach as Facilitator  
Coach as Observer  
Coach as Colleague  
Coach as Learner  
An Expert's Thoughts: Dr. Jack Cassidy  
Summary  
Topic Extensions for Class Sessions or Study Groups  
 
3. Assistance and Resources for New and Experienced Literacy Coaches
Introduction  
Scenario  
A Glimpse at First-Year Coaching  
An Expert's Thoughts: Dr. Roger Farr  
The Coach's Assignment  
Resources and Assistance Available to Literacy Coaches  
An Expert's Thoughts: Dr. Shelley Wepner  
Summary  
Topic Extensions for Class Sessions or Study Groups  
 
4. The Schools in Which We Work
Introduction  
Scenario  
Primary/Elementary School Settings  
Middle and High School Settings  
Special Education Classroom Settings  
Two Experts' Thoughts: Dr. Richard Vacca and Dr. JoAnne Vacca  
Summary  
Topic Extensions for Class Sessions or Study Groups  
 
5. The Communities in Which We Work
Introduction  
Scenario  
Parents: Groups and Individuals  
Linking Teachers to Professional Organizations  
Government Relations  
An Expert's Thoughts: Dr. Jesse Moore  
Linking to Other Literacy Agencies  
An Expert's Thoughts: Dr. Linda Katz  
Summary  
Topic Extensions for Class Strategies or Study Groups  
 
6. Literacy Leadership
Introduction  
Scenario  
The Leadership Role  
Working With School Administrators  
An Expert's Thoughts: Dr. Ken Koczur  
Summary  
Topic Extensions for Class Sessions or Study Groups  
 
7. Collaboration With Classroom Teachers
Introduction  
Scenario  
Coaching the Struggling Teacher  
Coaching the Noncompliant Teacher  
An Expert's Thoughts: Laura Richlin, Literacy Coach  
Summary  
Topic Extensions for Class Sessions or Study Groups  
 
8. Collaboration With Other Professionals and School Personnel
Introduction  
Scenario  
Collaborating Within the School  
Collaboration Outside the School  
Collaboration Through Professional Development  
An Expert's Thoughts: Theresa Manfre, Reading Specialist  
Summary  
Topic Extensions for Class Sessions or Study Groups  
 
9. Assessment: Focus on Student Achievement
Introduction  
Scenario  
Collecting and Analyzing Data  
Schoolwide Data  
Classroom Data  
Observation Data  
Report Writing  
An Expert's Thoughts: Dr. Richard Allington  
Summary  
Extension Topics for Class Sessions or Study Groups  
 
10. Major Reports That Impact Literacy Coaching
Introduction  
Scenario  
What the Literacy Coach Should Know About the National Reading Panel Report  
What the Literacy Coach Should Know About the Reading First Initiative  
What the Literacy Coach Should Know About Reading Next: A Vision for Action and Research in Middle and High School Literacy  
What the Literacy Coach Should Know About the RAND Report  
What the Literacy Coach Should Know About Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literacy Reading in America  
How Do Literacy Coaches Obtain Needed Knowledge?  
Summary  
Topic Extensions for Class Sessions or Study Groups  
 
References
 
Index

"The book outlines how effective coaching models can be implemented and is very clear about what a coach should be doing to perform their duties. The interviews with experts contain helpful information and lots of viewpoints."

Victoria Seeger, Literacy Coach
Seaman USD 345, Topeka, KS

"Contains a wealth of knowledge, techniques, report forms, checklists, and research to support someone working in literacy coaching."

Dolores M. Hennessy, Reading Specialist
Sarah Noble School, New Milford, CT

"The book shows the differences between a reading specialist and a literacy coach and then goes on to explain all the work of a literacy coach."

Amy Q. Blocher, Reading Coach
Polk County School Board, FL

"A very hands-on approach to helping teachers, parents, students, and the community. Coaches are not only given the theory behind what they do, but are given the knowledge of how to implement the research and the theory. As a coach who tries to stay on top of current research, I really enjoyed reading the various perspectives offered by the experts on the different topics. In addition, the discussion sections at the end of each chapter will be beneficial for people new to the profession or who are learning about this profession in graduate school."

Emme Barnes, Literacy Facilitator
Hawk Ridge Elementary, Charlotte, NC

"A valuable addition to the descriptive literature on the role of literacy coaches. This superior text clarifies the responsibilities, qualifications, and capabilities of the coach within and without the school and as a leadership partner."

Connie Molony, Reading-Language Arts Specialist
Fargo Public Schools, ND

"A terrific resource for reading coaches. It brings to light the need for certification or a means for getting qualified coaches. There aren't a lot of books on coaching, and I found this one to be very enlightening."

Carrie Dillmore, Reading Coach
Peace River Elementary School, Port Charlotte, FL

"From sample scenarios and coaching challenges to details on developing coaching relationships with school administrators, this book is packed with important coaching keys to success."

The Bookwatch, July 2008
Midwest Book Review
Key features
  • Links to requirements of NCLB, Reading First and Reading Next
  • Sorts out the national and state requirements for literacy coaches
  • Clarifies the multiple roles of coaches
  • Distinguishes between responsibilities of reading specialists and coaches
  • Includes expert coaching advice in mini-interviews with national literacy coaching experts
  • Extends coaches' repertoires of content and coaching strategies
  • Provides concrete help to aid coaches in supporting teachers
  • Shows principals what to look for in a literacy coach and program
  • Provides essential framework of what to coach and how to coach it

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