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Literacy Coaching

Literacy Coaching
A Handbook for School Leaders

March 2006 | 120 pages | Corwin

Improve student achievement by effectively implementing literacy coaching!

Fail-safe literacy is defined as listening, viewing, thinking, speaking, reading, writing, and expressing through multiple symbol systems at a developmentally appropriate level. An effective literacy coach, who can inspire extraordinary performance from ordinary people, can be a key to improving literacy schoolwide.

Grounded in research and an evidence-based approach, this handbook guides school leaders in successfully implementing literacy coaching, with a systematic process for teachers, administrators, and students. It is designed to improve reading, writing, and content learning through literacy infusion into curricular and instructional practices throughout the school.

Classroom strategies, specific teacher leadership practices, and resources used successfully in schools are showcased throughout, along with

  • Background knowledge and an introduction to "fail-safe" literacy
  • Details on the roles and responsibilities of literacy coaches
  • Ideas for building the literacy team
  • Ways to study data and monitor achievement
  • Practical guidance for the literacy coach's continuing success

Literacy Coaching supports school leaders in implementing a successful literacy coaching program, and in creating a collaborative professional learning community for literacy, resulting in improved student achievement.

About the Authors
1. Fail-Safe Literacy Coaching
2. Literacy Coaching: Working Together and Learning Together
3. Preparing to Be a Literacy Coach
4. Getting Ready to Provide Literacy Coaching Service
5. Building the Literacy Team
6. Monitoring and Communicating Data on Student Achievement
7. Supporting Intensive Intervention
8. Delivering Meaningful Professional Development
9. Managing Challenges

"Well grounded in research. Emphasizes the collaborative and service-oriented nature of literacy coaching that includes delivering whole- and small-group professional development, and observing, modeling, and providing feedback for teachers."

Jounal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, October 2006
Key features
·         Research-based leadership practice specific to literacy
·         Vignettes of schools and districts successfully using the authors' approach
·         A hands-on step-by-step guide for school leaders and literacy coaches

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Chapter 1

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