Literacy Coaching: The Essentials

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What do literacy coaches do? Who do they coach? How does it work? Katherine Casey is a veteran literacy coach, and on the first page of Literacy Coaching she gets down to business: "I coach teachers in their classrooms, demonstrating lessons, working alongside teachers as they teach, problem solving together how to better meet the needs of their students." From there she presents the most authoritative, comprehensive, and focused guide on literacy coaching available. Literacy Coaching takes you inside today's main coaching models, exploring their roles and responsibilities. Beginning with what coaches do, Casey provides real-life examples of what you'll need to know and what abilities the job requires, as well as crucial but often overlooked details such as how to build a relationship with your principal and how to assess the strengths and needs of the teachers you'll work with. Then she presents a variety of professional development structures that help you deliver smart, targeted instructional support where and when teachers need it most. Literacy Coaching gets into the nitty-gritty, offering experience-honed advice on these and numerous other important coaching functions:
• gathering materials, gaining entry, and getting started
• developing trusting relationships
• taking notes while observing teachers and students
• using data to uncover areas of instructional need
• teaching side by side with a host teacher and debriefing afterward
• coaching strategies and language
• running powerful workshops, visitations, and meetings Filled with examples of completed instructional observation forms, graphic organizers, correspondence and conversations with faculty and administrative constituencies, and classroom vignettes that illustrate how coaching really looks, Literacy Coaching is the ideal companion for a practicing coach or consultant and especially for teachers who want to become one.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325009414
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 7/24/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 382,818
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Casey is a former elementary school teacher who now consults with school districts around the country, supporting educators from elementary to university level in developing and implementing effective instruction. Katherine coaches teachers, literacy coaches, and administrators on the improvement of instruction, professional development, and educational leadership.
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Table of Contents

Part I What Coaches Do 1
1 Me, a Coach? 3
2 What a Coach Needs to Know and Be Able to Do 22
3 Building a Relationship with Your Principal 36
4 Getting Started: Teacher Strengths and Needs 56
Part II Structures for Professional Development 93
5 Eight Ways to Study Instruction 96
6 Models of Intensive Classroom Support 132
7 Professional Development Workshops and Sessions 159
8 The Promise of Coaching 190
Annotated Bibliography 195
Works Cited 205
Index 209
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2012

    Great forms, very useful!

    I'm only in Chapter 6, but so far this book has been great. Kasey has included great organizational forms to use and holds great discussion on how to be an effective coach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2008

    Should be on the shelf of every new Literacy Coach

    The author creates a great blend of theory, technique, and applicable examples. It is great resource for a new Literacy Coach, but experienced coaches could also benefit from her perspective. Because the author has experience as a school-based coach, district coach, and consultant, she offers a broad spectrum of experiences and perspectives.

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