2nd Edition

The Literacy Coaching Handbook Working With Teachers to Increase Student Achievement

By Diana Sisson, Betsy Sisson Copyright 2024
    204 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    204 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    204 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    Learn how to become a more effective literacy coach to ensure lasting changes in teaching and learning at your school. In this second edition, literacy experts Diana and Betsy Sisson offer clear, research-based strategies that encourage professional development and growth. You’ll discover how to …

    • Understand the various roles that a literacy coach plays, from "change agent" to "data analyst";
    • Partner with administrators to build a school instructional team;
    • Determine which coaching model to use with your teachers;
    • Support your classroom colleagues and raise student achievement;
    • Tackle the literacy concerns present in today’s schools, and any resistance from classroom teachers who don’t want to be coached;
    • Discover innovative ways to provide multimodal coaching in the digital age;
    • Design a plan to promote growth centered on assessment and collaboration; and
    • Manage the multi-faceted responsibilities of literacy coaching with practical strategies.

    Each chapter contains special features such as Coaching Moves, Coaching Questions, Working With Administrators, and Additional Readings to help you apply the information to your own situation. In addition, the Appendices offer photocopiable PD tools and study guide questions so you can discuss the ideas with others. With this practical book, you’ll have all the guidance you need to overcome challenges and thrive in your coaching role.



    PART I  How Important Is Coaching for Teaching and Learning?

    1 The Evolution of Coaching as a Professional Development Model

    Coaching Emerges as a Model of Professional Development

    How Coaching Supports Effective Professional Learning

    2 Models of Coaching

    Peer Coaching

    Cognitive Coaching

    Instructional Coaching

    Content Coaching


    PART II  What Roles Does a Literacy Coach Play?

    3 Change Agent

    How Is a Literacy Coach a Change Agent?

    Why Is the Administrator Critical in Change Efforts?

    What Teachers Are the Focus for Change?

    How Does Change Happen?

    4 Relationship Builder

    How Important Is It to Build Relationships With Administrators?

    Why Are Relationships With Classroom Teachers So Crucial?

    How Do Literacy Coaches Build Relationships With Classroom Teachers?

    In What Ways Can Relationships Be Leveraged to Counter Resistant Teachers?

    5 Data Analyst

    Why Must Data Analysis Begin With the Administrator?

    Why Is Looking at Data With Teachers So Critical?

    What Types of Data Should Be Examined?

    Demographic Data

    Student Learning Data

    Behavioral Data

    How Can Literacy Coaches Help Teachers Analyze Data?

    How Does the Use of Data Drive Coaching?

    6 Curriculum Expert

    How Does Working With the Administrator on Curriculum Benefit the Whole School?

    What Exactly Is Curriculum and Why Must Literacy Coaches Be Curriculum Experts?

    How Can the Role of Curriculum Expert Transform Teaching and Learning?

    7 Resource Manager

    Why Does Collaborating With the Administrator Assure a Comprehensive Allocation of Resources?

    How Do Resource Managers Build a School Collection?

    What Kinds of Resources Are Important?

    8 Instructional Specialist

    Why Is It Critical to Create an Instructional Leadership Team With the Administrator?

    How Important Is the Role of Instructional Specialist?

    What Does an Instructional Specialist Do?

    How Does an Instructional Specialist Employ Strategies Prescriptively?

    9 Professional Developer

    Why Does Teaming Up With the Administrator Transform Professional Learning?

    How Significant Is Professional Development?

    In What Ways Do Adults Learn and How Does This Influence Professional Development?

    How Is a Focus for Professional Development Identified?

    What Forms Can Professional Learning Take?

    Faculty Workshops

    Team Meetings

    Classroom Visitations

    Teacher Study Groups

    Observation and Feedback Loop




    Lesson Study

    Looking at Student Work

    Examining Achievement Data

    Coaching Cycles

    How Can Multimodal Coaching Strengthen Professional Learning Experiences?

    Virtual Workshops

    Online Professional Book Clubs

    Digital Literacy Resources

    Internet Collaboration Tools

    Classroom Videos

    Webcam Technology

    How Can Coaching Be Equitable for All Teachers?

    Coaching Rotations for All Faculty Members

    Teacher-Requested Consultancy

    Administrator-Requested Consultancy

    How Can Literacy Coaches Ensure High-Quality Professional Development?

    By What Means Can Coaches Provide Support in Schools Experiencing Faculty Shortages?

    What About Working With Students?

    PART III  How Does a Coach Ensure Lasting Change?

    10 Building Essential Skills for Successful Literacy Coaching

    Just How Important Are Reading Credentials to a Literacy Coach?

    In What Ways Can Literacy Coaches Continue to Build Their Own Skill Sets?

    How Can Change Be Sustained?

    Why Is Self-Reflection Essential for Sustaining Change?

    Final Thoughts


    Appendix A: Coaching Moves Rating Scale

    Appendix B: Professional Developer Resources

    Appendix C: Professional Book Club – Questions for Study and Reflection


    Diana Sisson and Betsy Sisson are international literacy consultants focusing on professional development and school improvement. They also serve as adjunct professors in the fields of teacher preparation, curriculum and instruction, educational research in literacy, and literacy instruction