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
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?
Student Learning 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?
Teacher Study Groups
Observation and Feedback Loop
Looking at Student Work
Examining Achievement Data
How Can Multimodal Coaching Strengthen Professional Learning Experiences?
Online Professional Book Clubs
Digital Literacy Resources
Internet Collaboration Tools
How Can Coaching Be Equitable for All Teachers?
Coaching Rotations for All Faculty Members
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?
Appendix A: Coaching Moves Rating Scale
Appendix B: Professional Developer Resources
Appendix C: Professional Book Club – Questions for Study and Reflection