The Literacy Coach's Handbook, Second Edition: A Guide to Research-Based Practice

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This bestselling book gives preservice and practicing literacy coaches the tools they need to build a successful schoolwide reading program. The authors, well-known experts in the field, describe the literacy coach's crucial, evolving role in today's schools. They offer step-by-step guidelines for implementing curricula and assessments, selecting instructional materials, and planning for differentiation and intervention. Specific ways to support teachers by providing high-quality professional development are ...

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Overview

This bestselling book gives preservice and practicing literacy coaches the tools they need to build a successful schoolwide reading program. The authors, well-known experts in the field, describe the literacy coach's crucial, evolving role in today's schools. They offer step-by-step guidelines for implementing curricula and assessments, selecting instructional materials, and planning for differentiation and intervention. Specific ways to support teachers by providing high-quality professional development are discussed. The book is grounded in state-of-the-art research on PreK-5 instruction and the characteristics of effective coaches. New to This Edition
• Incorporates the latest research and instructional materials.
• Expanded grade range now includes PreK and grades 4-5.
• Content on RTI and the Common Core standards is woven throughout.
• Strategies for making professional development more responsive to teachers' needs. See also The Literacy Coaching Challenge, which guides more experienced coaches in choosing among different coaching models and addresses typical issues of implementation.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Drawing on extensive recent research, this second edition provides an up-to-date look at the components, complexities, and complications of literacy coaching. Walpole and McKenna write in a direct and engaging style. They present relevant, practical information and advice for coaches, teachers, and administrators. The book covers the terrain of coaching with a level of expertise that is seldom seen. A 'must read.'"--D. Ray Reutzel, PhD, Emma Eccles Jones Endowed Chair and Distinguished Professor of Early Literacy, Utah State University

"A tour de force. The authors know elementary classrooms in and out, and they know what literacy coaches should be well informed about and able to do. The second edition provides the latest research on coaching and reading instruction. It is filled with practical ideas that will assist coaches in their daily work in classrooms and schools. This is a great text for reading endorsement/coaching courses and administration courses for elementary principals."--Janice A. Dole, PhD, Department of Educational Psychology, University of Utah

"This is an indispensable book for any educator involved in school reform surrounding literacy. It contains practical strategies and research for literacy coaches that could also inform the practices of teachers, reading specialists, and administrators. The grouping configurations, assessment systems, and representative schedules are particularly valuable. With its insight into professional development and leadership, the book will be especially useful for graduate students. No other text is as comprehensive and concrete, or has the potential to make such a difference in the lives of elementary students."--Christine McNair, MSEd, English Language Arts Supervisor, Roanoke (Virginia) City Public Schools; Adjunct Instructor, Virginia Western Community College

"Walpole and McKenna have done a fantastic job of revising a book that was a lifesaver for me when I was training literacy coaches. Like the first edition, the second edition is packed with information; the expanded grade range and the rich research updates make it even more useful. This is an essential book for coaches as well as other educators seeking to implement lasting literacy changes to benefit students."--Lisa Albert, EdS, third-grade teacher, Twin Oaks Elementary School, Leesburg, Georgia

"Walpole and McKenna have done it again! The second edition of this comprehensive guide incorporates current research and gives more attention to expectations at the preschool level and the impact of the Common Core State Standards on instruction and learning. The book is reader friendly; it's obvious that Walpole and McKenna have worked closely with literacy coaches in the field. They describe many different tools and resources that literacy coaches can use to do their job more effectively. This text is a valuable resource for those preparing reading specialists and coaches, and is a 'must read' for practicing coaches."--Rita M. Bean, PhD, Professor Emerita, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh

Childhood Education

"This book, with its abundance of ideas and suggestions as well as background information, provides valuable insight and guidance for any literacy coach, whether the person is new to the position or is a seasoned coach seeking to further her professional development."--Childhood Education
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781462507719
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/14/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Sharon Walpole, PhD, is Professor of Reading at the University of Delaware. She has extensive school-based experience, including work as an elementary literacy coach. Dr. Walpole has also been involved in federally funded and other schoolwide reform projects. Her current work involves the design and effects of schoolwide reforms, particularly those involving literacy coaches. She has coauthored or coedited several other books with Michael C. McKenna, and her articles have appeared in numerous Journals. Dr. Walpole is a recipient of the Early Career Award from the National Reading Conference for Significant Contributions to Literacy Research and Education.

Michael C. McKenna, PhD, is Thomas G. Jewell Professor of Reading at the University of Virginia. He has authored, coauthored, or edited more than 20 books and over 100 articles, chapters, and technical reports on a range of literacy topics. His research has been sponsored by the National Reading Research Center and the Center for the Improvement of Early Reading Achievement. Dr. McKenna is the cowinner of the Literacy Research Association's Edward B. Fry Book Award and the American Library Association's Award for Outstanding Academic Books. He works extensively with literacy coaches in Georgia and Virginia.

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Table of Contents


1. What Is a Literacy Coach?
2. Research on Literacy Coaching
3. What Is a Schoolwide Literacy Program?
4. Finding and Applying Reading Research
5. Reading Assessment
6. Instructional Schedules
7. Instructional Tasks and Procedures
8. Selecting Materials and Programs
9. Schoolwide Response to Intervention
10. Providing Professional Support
11. Leadership
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