Practical Literacy Coaching: A Collection of Tools to Support Your Work

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Enhance your literacy coaching with this rich compilation of ready-made tools to simplify every aspect of the wide range of coaching responsibilities within a school or district.
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Editorial Reviews

Maryann Mraz
“This engaging resource lends an authentic voice to the challenges that literacy coaches face in their daily work and offers clear solutions for meeting those challenges. An excellent array of practical tools supports literacy coaches as they strive to establish collegial partnerships, reflect on their coaching roles, and refine coaching practices to facilitate effective learning communities.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872074736
  • Publisher: International Reading Association
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 633,028
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Miller Burkins is currently completing her sixth year as a full-time coach at Chase Street Elementary School, Athens, Georgia. She has worked as a language arts consultant for a regional educational service agency, a district-level literacy coordinator, a reading specialist, and an elementary classroom teacher. Her work as a consultant has taken her into elementary, middle, and high schools where she has helped school leaders examine their reading instruction, modeled lessons, and facilitated professional learning.

Burkins is also a part-time assistant professor at the University of Georgia, where she teaches classes to students pursuing graduate degrees in literacy education. She has also developed a series of courses for educators interested in becoming literacy coaches. Burkins isthe author of Coaching for Balance: Meeting the Challenges of Literacy Coaching.

In 1989, Burkins received her undergraduate degree in early childhood education from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama, and in 1993 her master’s from the University of Alabama. She later earned her reading specialist certification and her doctorate from the University of Kansas in 1999. Her dissertation, which was a meta-analysis of the research on phonemic awareness, was the Dissertation of the Year for the University of Kansas School of Education and one of three finalists for the International Reading Association’s Dissertation of the Year.

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Table of Contents

About the Author vii

Preface ix

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction: Three Metaphors for Literacy Coaching 1

Chapter 1 Defining and Clarifying Your Role 9

Tool 1 Literacy Coaching Role Reflection Guide 13

Tool 2 Questions for Interviewers Rubric 15

Tool 3 Literacy Coach Job Description Worksheet 21

Tool 4 Literacy Coach Evaluation Form 24

Chapter 2 Stepping Into the Work of Literacy Coaching 29

Tool 5 Professional Learning Needs Assessment 33

Tool 6 The Literacy Coaching Opportunities List 35

Tool 7 The Literacy Coaching Menu of Services 37

Tool 8 Literacy Coaching Newsletter 39

Chapter 3 Stretching Yourself 29

Tool 9 The Coach-to-Coach Cycle 47

Tool 10 Language-Scrutinizing Exercise 50

Tool 11 Questions and Stems for Coaching Conversations 53

Tool 12 Postobservation Conference Preparation Exercise: A Strengths Perspective 55

Tool 13 Coach's Postevent Reflection Guide 61

Tool 14 Self-Assessment for Elementary Literacy Coaches 63

Chapter 4 Developing and Supporting Learning Communities 85

Tool 15 Phases of Learning Reflection Form 89

Tool 16 Ten Ways to Mix Groups 92

Tool 17 Literacy Framework Self-Assessment 94

Tool 18 Guided Reading Self-Assessment 96

Tool 19 ABCD Text-Rendering Protocol 99

Tool 20 Professional Learning Expectations Rubric 101

Tool 21 Professional Development Workshop Scale 102

Tool 22 Professional Learning Reflection and Feedback Grid 103

Chapter 5 Coaching Individual Teachers 111

Tool 23 Preobservation Conference Record 115

Tool 24 Workshop Venn Diagram 118

Tool 25 Small-Group Conversation Log 121

Chapter 6 Documenting Your Work, Managing Your Time 128

Tool 26 Starting the School Year Checklist 131

Tool 27 Teacher Checkiist 133

Tool 28 Study Group Conversation Log 135

Tool 29 Meeting/Conversation Record 138

Tool 30 Literacy Coach's Activity Record 141

Tool 31 Grade-Level Notes Form 144

References 149

Index 153

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