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Literacy Coaching to Build Adolescent Learning

Literacy Coaching to Build Adolescent Learning
5 Pillars of Practice

December 2009 | 136 pages | Corwin
As state schools are faced with increased challenges resulting from government achievement policies, districts around the nation are seeking evidence-based, effective, and practical ways to meet all learners' literacy needs. This book focuses on the five pillars of adolescent literacy that coaches must consider when providing instructional support to teachers in all content areas:

- Time to read for enjoyment

- Choice in reading materials

- Strategies for reading texts

- Vocabulary instruction

- Motivation to read

Literacy Coaching to Build Adolescent Learning covers key areas of coaching, such as understanding the role of the literacy coach, using conversation wisely, supporting other teachers, and design needs, and provides practical suggestions for implementing differentiated and ongoing professional learning for teachers.

List of Figures and Tables
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

"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

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