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The Literacy Coach’s Companion, PreK–3

Edited by:
  • Maryann Mraz - University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
  • Bob Algozzine - University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA
  • Brian Kissel - University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA

Foreword by Nancy D. Padak



August 2008 | 176 pages | Corwin

Published in Association with International Reading Association

"An excellent resource for both beginning and experienced literacy coaches. This well-conceived book is grounded in a realistic understanding of what it means to work collaboratively and effectively in the demanding world of today's schools."
—Dorothy S. Strickland, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Professor of Education
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

"If a coach could only have one book to help with the daunting task of advancing teachers' instructional knowledge and skills, then this is the text to own. Coaches everywhere have been waiting for a book like this!"
—Connie Molony, Reading Intervention Specialist
Fargo Public Schools, ND

A concise reference with essential protocols for successful early literacy coaching!

Literacy coaches have become an increasingly important part of school literacy teams. As a result, there is a greater need for understanding the issues related to this growing position. This book addresses those issues and highlights the expanding role of literacy coaches in early and elementary literacy programs.

Chapters feature user-friendly guidelines and evidence-based strategies for sustained professional development, protocols for classroom observations and teacher conferences, and vignettes offering solutions to common coaching challenges. Coaches will discover how to:

  • Define an effective, proactive role in promoting literacy initiatives
  • Strengthen content knowledge and coaching skills to support teachers' efforts and students' literacy development
  • Collaborate with teachers and school leaders to establish productive learning communities
  • Communicate their changing roles to administrators

Insightful and thought-provoking, The Literacy Coach's Companion, PreK–3 is a must-have resource for pursuing professional growth as a literacy coach.


 
Foreword by Nancy D. Padak
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
About the Contributors
 
Introduction
 
1. Your Role and the Task at Hand: The Responsibilities of a Coach in Supporting Effective Literacy Instruction
 
2. The Nuts and Bolts: Scheduling, Organizing, and Documenting
 
3. The Heart of the Matter: Conferring With Teachers
 
4. Assessment: Using Data to Inform Literacy Instruction
 
5. Learning Communities: Supporting Collaborative Teamwork
 
6. Ongoing Growth: Supporting Professional Development
 
Appendix: For Further Reading: An Annotated Bibliography of Resources on Literacy Instruction and Coaching
 
References
 
Index

"If a coach could only have one book to help with the daunting task of advancing teachers’ instructional knowledge and skills, then this is the text to own. Coaches everywhere have been waiting for a book like this!"

Connie Molony, Reading Intervention Specialist
Fargo Public Schools, ND

"Anyone who reads this book will feel more knowledgeable and be able to implement specific ideas and strategies immediately."

Tracy Carbone, Reading Recovery Teacher
Rocky River Elementary School, Monroe, NC

“An excellent resource for both beginning and experienced literacy coaches. This well-conceived book is grounded in a realistic understanding of what it means to work collaboratively and effectively in the demanding world of today's schools.”

Dorothy S. Strickland, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Professor of Education
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Key features
  • Practitioner-friendly guidelines, tips, and suggested activities to jumpstart professional development
  • Evidence-based strategies based on classroom assessment and differentiated instruction
  • Stories and vignettes that highlight common problems for literacy coaches

 

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