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Literacy Coaching to Build Adolescent Learning
5 Pillars of Practice



November 2009 | 136 pages | Corwin

"This book has been long-awaited by literacy professionals in middle and high schools. Guth and Pratt-Fartro use their combined years of experience to provide research-based yet very practical guidance in a highly readable format."
—Elizabeth Sturtevant, Professor
George Mason University

"This is a practical, clear book that addresses an increasingly important topic and will make a significant contribution to a new emphasis in our profession."
—Jeffrey D. Wilhelm, Professor of English Education
Director of Boise State Writing Project

Work with teachers to improve adolescents' literacy achievement!

Prompted by state and federal mandates, school districts are focusing their attention on improving adolescents' literacy skills and increasingly turning to literacy coaches for instructional support. This rare resource for secondary-level coaches focuses on five pillars of adolescent literacy: time to read for enjoyment, choice in reading materials, strategies for reading texts, vocabulary instruction, and motivation to read—and shows coaches how to work effectively with middle and high school teachers across the content areas.

Drawing on their deep experience in the field, the authors provide guidance on such key topics as how to:

  • Clearly define the role and responsibilities of literacy coaches
  • Use conversation wisely to make effective decisions and identify design needs
  • Implement ongoing professional development for teachers
  • Establish collaborative relationships and help teachers use data to inform instruction

Replete with real-world vignettes, current research, and reproducible forms to help facilitate literacy coaching in schools, this accessible resource is an invaluable aid for any literacy leader working with teachers of adolescents.


 
List of Figures and Tables
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Part I. Learning From the Past: Vision for the Future
 
1. Historical Foundation: Literacy Coaches and Adolescent Literacy
 
2. Essential Knowledge for the Adolescent Literacy Coach: Design a Solid Building
 
Part II. Getting Started: Building on the Foundation
 
3. Read the Blueprints: Understand the Job
 
4. Plan the Design: Engage in Data-Driven Instructional Conversations
 
5. Provide Literacy Support
 
6. Revisit the Design: Feedback and Follow-Up
 
Part III. Interior Decorating: Supporting the Pillars With Time Management and Professional Learning
 
7. Maintain the Design Through Time Management
 
8. Strengthen the Pillars of Classroom Practice
 
References
 
Index

"This book has been long-awaited by literacy professionals in middle and high schools. While more and more schools are seeing the value of hiring secondary literacy coaches, very few resources are available to guide new coaches or help school leaders support a coaching model. In this book, Guth and Pratt-Fartro use their combined years of experience to provide research-based yet very practical guidance in a highly readable format."

Elizabeth Sturtevant, Professor
George Mason University
Key features

This book offers:

  • Practical guides in the form of charts, such as Decision-Making Guide and What a Coach IS and Is NOT
  • Reproducible templates for coaches that capture information on the current research in adolescent literacy as it applies to the coach's role
  • Vignettes that illustrate various aspects of workiing with teachers and administrators

Sample Materials & Chapters

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