Virtual Literacy Coaching: Leading Groups

Course Details

As schools embrace virtual learning, instructional coaches may be wondering how to continue to support, encourage and uplift teachers in virtual ways. The question vexing you is one shared by thousands of literacy coaches throughout the country: How can we transfer what we know about instructional coaching to virtual settings?

Please Note: This course is FREE to Choice Literacy members with paid annual subscriptions, but you need to contact us first. To waive the registration fee, just contact us directly at this link and be sure to INCLUDE THE COURSE TITLE in your message as well as the email address for your paid membership.  We will enroll you today!

We spend all year bringing teachers together, doing the hard face-to-face work of building a shared vision and common instructional goals. Meeting together is crucial. How can we continue this work when teaching teams can no longer meet in the same room or visit classrooms as a group?

This online course will help you find answers to that question. We curate content from the site that you can adapt for use in remote coaching of groups. You’ll also have a chance to share your experience in the comments section, offering support and collecting ideas from literacy coaches all over the country tackling the same challenges.

Contributors of print features and/or video for the course include

Stephanie Affinito (author of Literacy Coaching),

Jennifer Allen (author of Becoming a Literacy Leader),

Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan (authors of Assessment in Perspective and It’s All About the Books),

Melanie Meehan (author of Every Child Can Write),

Cathy Mere (author of More Than Guided Reading),

Dana Murphy (long-time contributor to Two Writing Teachers),

Brenda Power (co-author of The Art of Classroom Inquiry),

Heather Rader (author of Side By Side: Short Takes on Best Practices),

Matt Renwick (author of Digital Student Portfolios: A Whole School Approach to Connected Learning and Continuous Assessment),

Jennifer Schwanke (author of You’re the Principal! Now What?)

and many others.

The course is organized into three sections:

Part 1:  Holding a Team Together Remotely

Part 2:  Creating a Virtual Coaching Vision

Part 3:  Pop-up PD

Each section of the course begins with a brief screencast from Ruth Ayres with advice, tools, and stories from her experience as a coach and school leader. Follow-up articles and videos feature strategies and support from contributing coaches and school leaders.

Prompts for reflection and planning are included, as well as a forum for comments and written conversations with classmates.  A two-month trial Literacy Leadership membership is included in the course fee, enabling participants to receive new and updated resources delivered weekly to their inboxes through the Big Fresh newsletter.

Our new coaching mantra is adapt, connect, and thrive. This course will give you insights for how to adapt, a community for new connections, and the materials you need to thrive. So what are you waiting for? We’d love to have you join us. Sign up, grab a notebook, and start exploring today.

Remember—if you have a paid annual subscription to the site, this course is FREE. To register, just contact us directly at this link and be sure to INCLUDE THE COURSE TITLE in your message as well as the email address for your paid membership.  Provide your name and the email address used in your subscription. We will sign you up today!

Course Curriculum

Part 1: Holding a Team Together Virtually

The number one priority is to keep the team together and offer encouragement as each member navigates so many unknowns with remote instruction. People are already feeling like they are falling short. A coach has the opportunity to uplift the whole team.

Part 2: Creating a Virtual Coaching Vision

The heart of all we do is the WHY we do it. Now is the time for coaches to revisit their “coaching vision” and consider ways to accomplish it virtually.

Part 3: Coaching Groups Virtually through Pop-Up PD

A literacy coach is responsible for planning and delivering professional development sessions. As schools focus on remote instruction, there are many opportunities to offer virtual PD.

Meet Your Instructor

Ruth Ayres

I spent years as a full-time writing coach for Wawasee School District in northern Indiana, helping students find meaning in their stories, and encouraging teachers to reflect and refine the art of teaching. I love documenting ordinary stories from everyday life. I am currently head of the Lead Learners Consortium in northern Indiana. I earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University.

I like helping students see the power of their everyday stories and to learn how their words can make the world a better place. I consider myself among the most fortunate because I spend my days with children and adolescents, teaching them how to make sense of the world through reading and to impact the world with their voice through writing.

In my free time I like to read, write, take photos, walk, cook, and scrapbook. My husband, Andy, and I have four children.

Enrollment Options

Enrollment Closed

Enrollment for this course is currently closed. If you need special access please contact us.