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Literacy Coach Training. Day 1 August 19, 2013. Outcomes. Teachers will be able to: Understand their role as skillful collaborators in school settings. Understand their own unique collaborative style and how their style contributes to the strength of the Literacy Coach Team.

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Literacy coach training

Literacy Coach Training

  • Day 1

  • August 19, 2013



  • Teachers will be able to:

  • Understand their role as skillful collaborators in school settings.

  • Understand their own unique collaborative style and how their style contributes to the strength of the Literacy Coach Team.

  • Build trust among the Literacy Coach Team.

Personal history exercise

Personal History Exercise

  • Where did you grow up?

  • How many kids were in your family?

  • Tell something about yourself that may surprise others.

  • What was your very first job?

  • What do you hope to learn during our training together?

Our norms

Our Norms

L – Let yourself be not only a leader but a learner.

E – Expect to learn from the training and each other.

A – Ask questions of us, each other, on the Parking Lot.

D – Discuss freely without constraints. This is a judgement free zone.

E – Excuse yourself for calls and personal needs.

R – Respect each other by silencing electronics.

Looking beyond the obvious

Looking Beyond the Obvious

  • Reading and writing Podcasts

  • Cross-curricular countywide professional development team facilitators

  • Spotlighting one teacher at each school as the “lab”class

  • Video clips showcasing literacy in action across curricular content/our library

  • Podcast

Who teams

Who - Teams

Effective Collaboration is Essential

  • With whom am I working?

    • What is the level of current knowledge

    • Central Office Team

    • School-Based Administrative Team

    • School-Based Literacy Team – Confirm with Principal

    • Content ITLs

Vision of literacy coaching

Vision of Literacy Coaching

  • Literacy coaches help teachers improve the quality of their instruction, combining both content and literacy.

Mission of the literacy coaches

Mission of the Literacy Coaches

The Literacy Coach assists teachers to develop instructional strategies that will help students use and continue to build their literacy skills through content learning.

Goals for the literacy coach team

Goals for the Literacy Coach Team

  • Literacy coaches will be well versed in

    • characteristics of adult learners

    • processes for successful coaching

    • essential elements of effective instruction

    • literacy learning and processes

    • measures of reading achievement

Literacy coach guiding principles

Literacy Coach Guiding Principles

We believe in …

  • Engaging learners in critical thinking and problem solving.

  • Cultivating an environment that allows for collaboration, initiative, curiosity and adaptability.

  • Developing effective oral and written communication.

  • Providing multiple opportunities to access and analyze information.

Standards for middle and high school literacy coaches

Standards for Middle and High School Literacy Coaches


    Content area literacy coaches are skilled collaborators who function effectively in middle school and/or high school settings.


    Content area literacy coaches are skilled instructional coaches for secondary teachers in the core content areas of English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.


    Content area literacy coaches are skilled evaluators of literacy needs within various subject areas and are able to collaborate with secondary school leadership teams and teachers to interpret and use assessment data to inform instruction.

    Content Area Standard


    Content area literacy coaches are accomplished middle and high school teachers who are skilled in developing and implementing instructional strategies to improve academic literacy in the specific content area

Element 1 3 literacy coaches strengthen their professional teaching knowledge skills and strategies

ELEMENT 1.3 Literacy coaches strengthen their professional teaching knowledge, skills, and strategies.

  • How can research and theory inform our practice?

  • What is highly effective literacy teaching – how can we know?

  • What approach to literacy coaching will be most effective in your context?

  • How will this sit within the broader professional learning and change process at your school?

Seminar what does research tells us about adolescents and literacy

Seminar: What Does Research Tells us About Adolescents and Literacy?

  • “Improving Adolescent Literacy: Effective Classroom and Intervention Practices”

  • “Literacy in the Content Areas”

  • “Results that Matter: 21st Century Skills and High School Reform”

  • “State Actions to Improve Adolescent Literacy”

  • “Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture”

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