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By Annemarie B. Jay

This useful advisor provides potent training recommendations and most sensible practices for boosting literacy guide, operating with directors and groups, and boosting pupil functionality throughout all grade degrees.

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Cathy Roller, Director of Research and Policy for the International Reading Association. qxd 3/28/2008 5:14 PM Page 23 The Nature of Literacy Coaching in America’s Schools • 23 SUMMARY Chapter 1 provided information about why literacy coaching is important as a focused professional development venue. The daunting task of improving teaching and learning in America’s schools should be a constant effort of all in the educational field. The role of the literacy coach as an expert with strong foundational knowledge in teaching, assessing, curriculum, and standards has become critical in national efforts to maintain and incorporate quality instruction in classrooms today.

The next step would be for the teacher to conduct conferences with the coach participating as an observer. A feedback session would follow. In technical coaching, it is important that the steps of the process as demonstrated by the coach remain intact. qxd 3/28/2008 5:14 PM Page 12 12 • A Guide to Literacy Coaching same time, however, the teacher should be able to maintain his own style and creativity while interacting with the student. Team Coaching When team coaching occurs, the literacy coach plans with the teacher, pools experiences with the teacher, and shares aspects of pedagogy with the teacher as a member of a team.

To produce a level playing field, however, we must define our perspective of what a literacy coach is and what the job entails. For the purposes of this text, literacy coach is defined as a reading specialist recognized as an expert teacher by peers and superiors whose main function is to provide professional development to teachers in both one-to-one and group venues with the goal of improving literacy instruction. Coaching as a professional development model is most often structured for one-on-one observation, feedback, and mentoring of teachers.

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