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Hidden Gems: Five Ways to Keep Your Positive Vibes

Heather Fisher shares five “hidden gems” she uses to keep her positive vibes strong.

Measure for Measure

David Pittman thinks through what really matters and nourishes him as well as the teachers he serves when it comes to assessing his impact as a literacy coach.

Saying No

When David Pittman says no to a task outside his coaching role, he shows a commitment to his priorities. David describes the tension and nuances of saying no, and the effect it can have on coaching relationships.

Maintenance as Leadership

Matt Renwick encourages a continuous effort of ensuring the systems of a school are operating as they should by maintaining relationships, literacy and learning, and presence.

Coaching Minute: What About Reluctant Teachers?

Literacy coach Jen Court finds the best way to ease into a cycle with a reluctant teacher is to focus on the students and data. She also works to build a relationship with the teacher throughout the day.

Coaching in a Time of Crisis

Cathy Mere explores some of the new routines literacy coaches have put in place as they move between live and remote guidance of teachers.

Flipping Negative Stressors

Jen Schwanke shares tools and tips for dealing with professional stress, from flipping negative emotions to finding ways to move forward with energy.

Word Study Half-Day Professional Development

Julie Wright designs a half-day professional development session to help teachers analyze assessment data and design a schedule to address word learning needs.

Vocabulary Development in Writing

Literacy coaches Tara Barnett and Kate Mills create a “labsite” for exploring vocabulary development—a classroom-based inquiry plan for a group of teachers to observe instruction with young learners.

Creating Savory Professional Development

Jennifer Allen explains how she builds in play, choice, and creativity in a study group for veteran teachers.

Have Coach, Will Travel

Stephanie Affinito is a traveling coach, with no office to call her own. She shares tips and tools for organizing and streamlining materials when you are constantly on the go between classrooms and schools.

Supporting Teachers in Planning an Interactive Read Aloud

Tara Barnett and Kate Mills work with intermediate teachers through a series of professional development sessions to help them develop interactive read alouds.

Coaching Debrief: Interactive Read Aloud

Jen Court debriefs with a second-grade teacher about the interactive read aloud demonstration she just completed in his classroom, as well as how it fits into their instructional plans.

Listen to Lead

Matt Renwick is disappointed by something he sees when he visits a teacher’s classroom. This leads him to ponder what his role is in supporting teachers as they make changes.

Followership

An essential role for leaders is raising up more literacy leaders among the talented teachers on staff. Matt Renwick considers how anyone without a title or an obvious source of power can lead, and what that means for nurturing leadership skills.

Kindergarten Small Group: Details in Writing

Clare Landrigan leads a demonstration small group on including details in writing. The demonstration includes a prebrief and debrief with the teacher.

Coaching in PLCs

David Pittman takes teachers in a PLC through a student-centered experience to help them understand a specific standard.

Defining Standards Before a Demonstration Lesson

In this video from a third-grade lesson study, Jason DiCarlo works with teachers and specialists to define standards before a demonstration lesson.

Coaching Minute: New Coaches and Principals

Principal Lee Snider talks about the importance of being intentional in integrating new coaches into the school community.

Student Moves

Students move from our school districts to ones next door all the time. How can school leaders ensure the moves are as seamless as possible, especially in the realm of literacy? Jen Schwanke shares a case study of how a meeting and transfer of files made all the difference for one struggling learner.

There You Are

Suzy Kaback uses the “My Life in Seven Stories” exercise from Jennifer Allen to coax teachers to write, share drafts, and connect their learning to crafting writing in classrooms.

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