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1st Edition

The Literacy Coaching Handbook
Working with Teachers to Increase Student Achievement

ISBN 9781138692602
Published January 30, 2017 by Routledge
166 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Learn how to become a more effective literacy coach to ensure lasting changes in teaching and learning at your school. 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";
  • 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;
  • 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 and Coaching Questions to help you apply the information to your own situation. In addition, an Appendix offers 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.

Table of Contents



I. How Important Is Coaching for Teaching and Learning?

1. The Evolution of Coaching as a Professional Development Model

2. Models of Coaching

II. What Roles Does a Coach Play?

3. Change Agent

4. Relationship Builder

5. Data Analyst

6. Curriculum Expert

7. Resource Manager

8. Instructional Specialist

9. Professional Developer

III. How Does a Coach Ensure Lasting Change?

10. Self-Reflection and Sustaining Change


Appendix A - Coaching Moves Rating Scale

Appendix B - Professional Developer Resources

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

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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.


"School districts are continuing to embed more site-based coaches rather than disconnected ‘drive by’ professional development. Often these site-based coaches are former teachers at the school site who transition into the new role of ‘coach’ without formal professional development/support in this new role. Many of these coaches are looking for support in their new roles, which this book provides!"

Karina Nevers, Educational Consultant, Nevada

"This book supports the complex role of the literacy coach. It will guide new literacy coaches and revitalize veteran coaches to successfully realize their roles as change agents, relationship builders, and data analysts."

- Deborah Hayes Youcis, Literacy Coach, Bucksport Middle School, Bucksport, Maine                                                                                                   

"The passion and experience Diana and Betsy Sisson bring to The Literacy Coaching Handbook is evident. You'll learn about the evolution of coaching models, the roles coaches play in a school setting with a variety of teachers, and how to use data analysis to increase student achievement. Their reflections on how to sustain ongoing collaboration and change is well worth a read!"

Pia Hansen, Professional Development Specialist and Author of The Mathematics Coaching Handbook.