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Intentional Agendas: Planning for Teacher Learning

Julie Wright finds she uses the same principles to design professional development agendas and literacy workshops.

Taking a Fresh Look at PLCs

Melanie Quinn finds that a shift in location for her school's Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) makes all the difference in increasing the quality of the meetings.

Collecting PLC Data with Google Forms

Bill Bass uses Google Forms as a tool for assessing the learning in Professional Learning Communities (PLC), and refining his role in supporting teachers.

Heather Sisson’s Coaching Space

This "Picture It!" features a look at a simple system to help coaches keep track of materials they loan to teachers.

Dear Teacher, Dear Principal

Ruth Ayres shares two sample letters explaining her role as a literacy coach to teachers and principals.

Exit Slips Open Doors

We're firm believers that literacy coaches should go where they are welcome in classrooms, and be patient.  But what happens when you've been a literacy coach for years, and you're still waiting for those invitations from some teachers? Amanda Adrian explains how a simple professional development closure activity garnered many new invitations to classrooms.

Starting the School Year: A Checklist for Literacy Coaches

With all the checklists for launching the school year available for teachers, isn't it about time someone developed one for literacy coaches? Jan Miller Burkins has done just that — her Launching the Year Checklist is concise, and tackles everything from reformatting computer files to touching base with each teacher.

Reflecting on Student Work in Staff Meetings (TEMPLATE)

Jennifer Allen describes a protocol for analyzing student work in teacher study groups and staff meetings, and includes a template for discussing classroom artifacts.

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