Virtual One-on-One Coaching

Course Details

The work of a coach is determining the most pressing need and then filling it. Whether it is making technology work, lifting the level of lesson engagement, or supporting parents as they support learning, a coach is in the unique position of making a difference in the moment with each teacher they guide. As remote learning becomes the norm, 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!

This online course will help you develop new tools and strategies for remote conferring and coaching with teachers. We curate content from the site that you can adapt for use in virtual coaching. 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 (longtime 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: Helping Teachers with Pressing Needs

Part 2: Supporting Virtual Lessons

Part 3: Providing Feedback and Resources

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

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Part 1: Helping Teachers with Pressing Needs

The work of a coach is determining the most pressing need and then filling it. Whether it is making technology work, lifting the level of lesson engagement, or supporting parents as they support learning, a coach is in the unique position of making a difference in the moment.

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Part 2: Supporting Virtual Lessons

The longer we remain in virtual learning situations, the more teachers will be willing to consider engagement and best practices within their lessons. Here are ways coaches can move from “Yay! A lesson is posted,” to “Now that’s a really high quality lesson for kids!”

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Part 3: Providing Feedback and Resources

The nuances of giving feedback in virtual ways is something that is worth considering. It is also important that a coach continues to be a “conduit of resources” for teachers.

Meet Your Instructor

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.

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