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Libraries for All: Considering Struggling Readers

Cathy Mere explores the classroom library structures and texts that best support struggling young readers.

Educating Parents on Supporting Boys

Jodi Mahoney shares insights from research on boys' literacy that is useful to share with parents in presentations.

Repurposing a Classroom Library for Coaching and Intervention: Hooking Reluctant Readers in Grades 3-5

Julie Johnson moves from a teaching to a coaching and intervention position, and finds the move requires some rethinking about her library of books.

Confessions of a Struggling Beginning Reader

Wouldn’t you love to put yourself in a time machine and go back to your earliest days of learning to read? Shari Frost is able to experience learning to read again as a veteran literacy coach. She takes on the Hebrew alphabet and language, and gleans many insights for her work with children and teachers.

Coaching Demonstration: Conferring with a Struggling Third-Grade Reader

Clare Landrigan works with third grader Reese as his teacher observes in this coaching demonstration conference.

The Worried Parent

Jennifer Schwanke shares a common experience for principals — meeting with parents who are worried about the progress of their child.

The Road to Rainbow Magic: Hannah’s Story

Instructional coach Linda Karamatic works with Hannah and her classroom teacher to build the reading scaffolds Hannah needs to reach her goal.

Keeping It Real for Students: Never Underestimate the Power of Reflection

Melanie Quinn consoles a teacher who is recovering from a disastrous lesson captured on video, and shows the power of a “do-over” for both teachers and students.

Triangulating: The Importance of Multiple Data Points When Assessing Students

No data point for any child stands alone.  Clare Landrigan and Tammy Mulligan write about the importance of triangulating data when looking at student assessments, and in the process affirm the value of classroom observations.

Undercover Coach: Making Time to Work with Children

If you're a literacy coach, the most important question to ask yourself may be this: how much time am I spending in classrooms?  Shari Frost writes about how coaches can move beyond a quest for perfect demo lessons to a stance of learning alongside teachers.

The Power of Linking Words and Perceptions

Melanie Quinn relays a powerful practice for staff members to reframe language and perceptions while putting common labels for students in a whole new light.

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