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The Literacy Coach’s Companion, PreK–3
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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


August 2008 | 176 pages | Corwin
As the importance of literacy education grows, so does the role of literacy coaches. From working with struggling readers to implementing literacy programs within large groups of teachers, literacy coaches need more professional development. As an International Reading Association recommendation, literacy coaches need more professional development and opportunities of specialization and enhancement of their knowledge

To combat the literacy coach's frustration over their responsibilities in the face of inconsistent job credentials, various experience levels, and lack of professional development, this book will provide the guidance and resources to support coaching and its multi-faceted demands. With tips and suggestions on how to maintain organization and focus within the early and elementary literacy programs, the book will address literacy for young children from the top down.

 
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

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