Author: Jennifer Allen
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
The first edition of Becoming a Literacy Leader chronicled Jennifer's work as she moved to a new school and a new job as a literacy specialist and found herself tackling everything from teacher study groups to state-mandated assessment plans. The new edition of her book is a thoughtful, reflective evolution of her work as she rethinks how her identity and role as a literacy leader have evolved in the ten years since she wrote the first edition. She focuses on three ideas to describe her work: the concept of layered leadership, shared experiences in making meaning together, and the importance of rowing in the same direction as a school community. Jennifer firmly believes that teachers know what they need when it comes to professional development, and she describes the layers of support that coaches can implement within a school, including in-class support, curriculum support and assessment, study group facilitation, and the cultivation of teacher leadership. She provides an explicit framework for implementing these layers of coaching and explains how administrators can use the literacy leader position to build and sustain change within their schools. Literacy leaders and coaches can use this book as a road map for how to approach their work with purpose and intention. Online videos that accompany the book bring the text alive by showing readers what coaching looks and sounds like.
Author: Jennifer Allen
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Becoming a Literacy Leader chronicles the work of Jennifer Allen, an elementary teacher who moved to a new school and a new job as a literacy specialist, and found herself tackling everything from teacher study groups to state-mandated assessment plans. The book is rooted in Jennifer's belief that teachers know what they need when it comes to professional development in literacy, and the best literacy leaders are those who listen to and respect the educators in their midst. Grounded in research but thoroughly practical, Jennifer shares advice on: organizing a literacy room with resources for classroom teachers, including book lists, bins of children's books tied to craft and strategy lessons, bulletin board ideas, and files with instructional materials; developing intervention classrooms for struggling readers and writers built on collaboration between teachers and literacy specialists; setting up assessment notebooks for teachers, and preparing new and veteran teachers for student assessments across grades; creating model programs for dealing with schoolwide problems like reading fluency, and then moving from the pilot to implementation in many classrooms; coaching new and veteran teachers in the latest literacy practices, without taking on the role of expert; analyzing and using books, videos and journals in professional development programs; infusing routine staff meetings with discussions of new literacy curricula; leading teacher study groups using a variety of formats; finding and budgeting money for professional development programs in literacy; protecting time and scheduling priorities, to ensure the literacy specialist position doesn't become a “catch-all” for the random needs of teachers or administrators. At a time when all administrators are urged to be literacy leaders, this insider's view helps to define what leadership looks like and shows how to create an environment that fosters professional development. Jennifer Allen shares the balance leaders struggle with, as they strive to support and honor the fine practices of teachers, even as they nudge colleagues to improve their literacy instruction. Ultimately, Becoming a Literacy Leader is a hopeful book, an optimistic and realistic portrait of life in schools among teachers committed to doing their jobs well.
Author: Regie Routman
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
First edition published: Newark, Delaware: International Reading Association, 2012, under title Literacy and learning lessons from a longtime teacher.
Author: Nancy N. Boyles
Publisher: Maupin House Publishing, Inc.
"Dr. Nancy Boyles integrates literacy instruction and coaching in a step-by-step guide for all literacy coaches. Using the explicit instruction model—and complete with ready-to-use strategies, charts, checklists, protocols, and teaching scenarios—this book guides coaches in: The content of literacy coaching •Setting the stage for literacy learning, building literacy knowledge, and reinforcing literacy knowledge •Creating and managing a literacy-rich classroom environment •Identifying when literacy instruction goes off track The “how-to” of literacy coaching •Adapting techniques to fit teachers' personalities •Intervening with strategies to address common problems •Applying coaching principles •Analyzing literacy instruction through teaching scenarios Dr. Boyles' systematic approach, study guide questions, and coaching scaffolds make Hands-On Literacy Coaching a powerful tool for professional development. An additional interactive component allows coaches to read more about the scenarios and to contribute their own insights online. For literacy coaches, administrators, and teachers of all grade levels."
Author: Rita M. Bean
Publisher: Guilford Publications
A trusted practitioner guide and course text, this book provides a complete introduction to the multiple roles of the reading specialist in grades PreK-12. Rita M. Bean offers evidence-based best practices for working with struggling readers; supporting teachers through professional development and coaching; planning curricula; assessing at the individual, classroom, and school levels; and building strong school, family, and community partnerships. User-friendly features include helpful classroom vignettes, questions for discussion and reflection, follow-up activities, and ideas for instructors and workshop leaders. Reproducible forms and worksheets can be downloaded and printed in a convenient 8 1/2" x 11" size. New to This Edition *New overarching framework that connects literacy leadership more directly to classroom instruction and assessment. *Links to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and new standards-based examples included throughout. *Expanded coverage of literacy coaching, middle and high school grades, and response to intervention. *Chapters now begin with key questions and include annotated resources for further reading.
Author: Rita M. Bean, Allison Swan Dagen
Publisher: Guilford Press
Bringing together leading experts, this book presents the principles of effective literacy leadership and describes proven methods for improving instruction, assessment, and schoolwide professional development. The book shows how all school staff--including reading specialists and coaches, administrators, teachers, and special educators--can play an active role in nurturing a culture of collaboration and promoting student achievement. Best practices are identified for creating strong elementary and secondary literacy programs, differentiating instruction, supporting English language learners, utilizing technology, building home-school partnerships, and much more. User-friendly features include case examples, guiding questions, and engagement activities in each chapter.
Author: Bonnie M. Davis
Publisher: Corwin Press
This how-to resource encourages teachers to write and reflect upon their practices in a unique approach to coaching that bridges content areas and honors distinctive learning styles.
Author: Regie Routman
Literacy is a skill for all time, for all people. It is an integral part of our lives, whether we are students or adult professionals. Giving all educators the breadth of knowledge and practical tools that help students strengthen their literacy skills is the focus of Read, Write, Lead. Drawing on her experience as a mentor teacher, reading specialist, instructional coach, and staff developer, author Regie Routman offers time-tested advice on how to develop a schoolwide learning culture that leads to more effective reading and writing across the curriculum. She explains how every school—including yours—can: implement instructional practices that lead to better engagement and achievement in reading and writing for all students, from kindergarten through high school, including second-language and struggling learners; build Professional Literacy Communities of educators working together to create sustainable school change through professional learning based on shared beliefs; reduce the need for intervention through daily practices that ensure success, even for our most vulnerable learners; and embed the language of productive feedback in responsive instruction, conferences, and observations in order to accelerate learning for students, teachers, and leaders. In their own voices, teachers, principals, literacy specialists, and students offer real-life examples of changes that led to dramatic improvement in literacy skills and—perhaps just as important--increased joy in teaching and learning. Scattered throughout the book are “Quick Wins”--ideas and actions that can yield positive, affirming results while tackling the tough work of long-term change.
Author: Cathy A. Toll
Publisher: International Reading Assoc.
In the decade since the first edition of The Literacy Coach's Survival Guide, education has changed considerably. One thing that has not changed is Cathy Toll's leadership in the field. Drawing on her vast experience with thousands of coaches across the world, Toll maintains her practical approach and conversational style while expanding the wealth of insights and strategies that she shares. The extensive revisions in this second edition reflect Toll's refinement of her approach to coaching as well as her response to the challenges that coaches face today. It guides new and experienced coaches through important topics, such as the following: Effecting change Working with teacher partners individually and in teams Communicating well in coaching conversations Dealing with difficult situations Coaching around special initiatives, such as the CCSS and RTI
Author: Shelley B. Wepner, Dorothy S. Strickland, Diana J. Quatroche
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Now in its fifth edition, this popular textbook is still the most comprehensive resource available on the oversight of literacy programs (pre-K12). Focusing on what literacy leaders need to know and do to meet todays mandates, experts in the field offer new insights that reflect the nations changing policies related to the new Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. It also addresses forthcoming assessments aligned to the common core standards, and new mandates for evaluating teachers and principals. Literacy luminaries provide specific guidelines for all levels of instruction, including selecting and using materials and new technologies, promoting writing, assessing students, evaluating teachers, providing professional development, working with linguistically diverse and struggling learners, working with parents and the community, and evaluating school-wide literacy programs. Book Features: Chapters written by experts who have years of experience working in schools. Real-life examples demonstrate how theories have been applied. Reflective questions and project assignments in each chapter allow readers to relate ideas to their own situations. Connections across chapters and directions for future considerations help summarize and synthesize information. Contributors: Moises Aguirre, Kathryn H. Au, Rita M. Bean, M. Susan Burns, Jill Castek, Patricia A. Edwards, Douglas Fisher, Elena Forzani, Nancy Frey, Jennifer L. Goeke, James V. Hoffman, Barbara Kapinus, Clint Kennedy, Julie K. Kidd, Diane Lapp, Donald J. Leu, Maryann Mraz, Jeanne R. Paratore, Taffy E. Raphael, Kristen D. Ritchey, Adrian Rodgers, Emily M. Rodgers, Misty Sailors, Elizabeth V. Strode, Jacquelyn S. Sweeney, Jo Anne L. Vacca, Richard T. Vacca, Jaime Madison Vasquez, Jean Payne Vintinner, MaryEllen Vogt Only the most valuable of academic texts gets to a fifth edition. . . . If I were to do a column Whats Hot in Literacy/Reading Texts, this volume would undoubtedly be at the top of the list. From the Foreword by Jack Cassidy, past president, International Reading Association This fifth edition is a timely and most welcome addition to my professional library. This book is a must in a time when it is essential for literacy leaders to keep up with the fast pace of what is happening in the field of reading. Wepner, Strickland, and Quatroche are exceptional educators and researchers who bring together some of the leading literacy experts to address issues that are so critical in this age of common core state standards. This is a must-have book for anyone involved in overseeing literacy programs at school, district, and state levels. Linda Gambrell, Distinguished Professor of Education, Clemson University and co-editor of Reading Research Quarterly Shelley B. Wepner is a dean and professor in the School of Education of Manhattanville College. Dorothy S. Strickland is the Samuel DeWitt Proctor Professor of Education, emerita, at Rutgers University. Diana J. Quatroche is a professor and chair of the Department of Elementary, Early, and Special Education in the Bayh College of Education at Indiana State University.
Author: Shelley B. Wepner, Diane W. Gómez, Katie Egan Cunningham, Kristin N. Rainville, Courtney Kelly
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Literacy Leadership in Changing Schools will help literacy leaders improve teachers professional development in grades K6. The authors use literacy basics to suggest concrete approaches that leaders and coaches can use to help teachers improve their instruction with culturally and linguistically diverse students. Based on firsthand experiences, research, and a school-university-community collaborative (Changing Suburbs Institute in New York), this practical book homes in on what literacy leaders need to do in todays rapidly changing schools. With vignettes, strategies, and guidelines, each chapter is devoted to one essential component of serving as an effective literacy leader. Throughout, the book addresses typical issues leaders and teachers face, such as high-stakes testing, increasing failure rates, rigorous teacher and principal evaluations, family engagement, shrinking resources, and teachers inexperience with instructing diverse students. Todays educators are faced with the challenge of meeting the increased expectations associated with a high quality education for all children. The contributors provide an excellent resource of relevant information along with a wealth of concrete suggestions for meeting that challenge through effective leadership and ongoing, embedded professional development. The result is a road map for enriched learning experiences for the professionals involved and ultimately for the students they teach. Dorothy S. Strickland, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Professor of Education Emerita, Rutgers This book encourages and supports leaders as they create bold, thoughtful and empowering pathways for professional development. It is a recipe that has the power to highlight the joy of professional growth and learning for leaders, teachers and students alike. To me, that is truly fabulous. Jennifer Scoggin, Director of LitLife, Connecticut The authors address important aspects of the decision-making process, namely how to really know someone or something well before making a choice. Too many of our educational choices are based on outdated or misinformation and this book clearly shows school leaders how to obtain accurate information when creating a cohesive literacy model. This book also takes complex aspects of literacy professional development, such as standards and instructional techniques and breaks them down in clear and applicable ways so that decisions can not just be made but also be implemented. Gravity Goldberg, Literacy Consultant, Director, Gravity Goldberg LLC
Author: Esther Hirsch Minskoff
Publisher: Brookes Publishing Company
"All of the suggested ideas and approaches have been identified as best practices in reading, so educators can use them with confidence in their classrooms. Equally effective as a text for preservice educators, a manual for in-service teachers, and a resource for administrators, this in-depth, accessible book will lead to sharper skills and better outcomes for a wide range of struggling learners."--BOOK JACKET.
Author: Laurie Elish-Piper, Susan K. L'Allier, Michael Manderino, Paula Di Domenico
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Today's standards challenge middle and high school teachers to teach their content deeply and meaningfully. This book provides an innovative coaching model for helping science, social studies, and English language arts teachers promote the reading, writing, listening, speaking, and thinking skills needed for high-level work in each discipline. Seventeen specific strategies are presented for large-group, small-group, and individual coaching, including step-by-step instructions and implementation tips. Profiles of highly effective disciplinary literacy coaches illustrate the nuts and bolts of the job and highlight ways to deal with common challenges. In a large-size format for easy photocopying, the book includes 21 reproducible forms. Purchasers get access to a Web page where they can download and print the reproducible materials.
Author: Marilyn Shatz, Louise C. Wilkinson
Publisher: Guilford Press
This book presents evidence-based strategies for supporting English language learners' (ELLs') school readiness and achievement at all grade levels. It examines the importance of communication and language use for children's learning both in and outside of school.
Author: Brenda A. Shearer, DeBorah A. Carr, MaryEllen Vogt
Publisher: Waveland Press
Now more than ever, the roles and responsibilities of today’s literacy professionals are expanding. Many recent developments require a closer look at the changing careers of reading specialists, coaches, and administrators leading to an emphasis on increased collaboration and coaching, integration of standards, and student improvement initiatives. Both scholarly and practical, Reading Specialists and Literacy Coaches in the Real World provides the support and guidance both literacy and content area teachers need. The learning goals and outcomes in each chapter are aligned with ILA’s Standards for the Preparation of Literacy Professionals 2017, providing opportunities for group inquiry and new perspectives on professional learning. The authors examine the historical, political, and social forces that shape evidence-based practice and incorporate significant developments in intervention, assessment, and adolescent literacy. Their impact on instruction and the needs of students are studied in conjunction with RtI/MTSS programs, progress monitoring and differentiation, instructional technologies related to twenty-first century literacies, updated information about effective academic language instruction for English learners, and a moral imperative for fostering equity, social justice, and global perspectives. The Fourth Edition also provides Resource Materials to support the text, giving it a great deal of flexibility to explore projects for portfolios and self-assessment. In the real world, as learners among learners, literacy professionals use their experiences and voices for advocacy to help prepare students for success in their lives and careers.