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Coaching Minute: Supporting New Coaches

Kathy Provost and Heather Fisher share tips for how veteran coaches can support new colleagues in this short video.  

Developing Coaching Skills Together

We have a small group of literacy coaches in my district. There are four of us, and we have become a rather tight-knit group. We meet together monthly to discuss...

Changing Two Words

Teachers can position children as competitors or collaborators, and themselves as referees, resources, or judges, or in many other arrangements. A teacher's choice of words, phrases, metaphors, and interaction sequences...

Empowering the Reading Team

One of our district goals this year is to give our paraprofessionals more in-depth training in some of the work we are asking them to do with our learners who...

Hiring for Literacy: The Big Picture

Spring is an exciting time. The playgrounds are once again full of gleeful shouts from children, the promise of summer is in the air, and we, as educators, are seeing...

Hiring for Literacy: The Interview

When given the opportunity to interview candidates for a teacher or literacy support opening, it is easy for an interviewer or interview team to fall back on standard teacher interview...

Wild Reading: A Coach’s Perspective

I just finished reading Donalyn Miller's book Reading in the Wild. I know her path to creating wild readers is an important one. She believes that reading should be a regular part...

Coaching Minute: Dividing Responsibilities Among Coaches

Kathy Provost and Heather Fisher explain how they worked to divide responsibilities fairly and efficiently over time.

Coaching Minute: Building a Coaching Rapport

Coaches Deb Gaby, Ruth Ayres, and second-grade teacher Cathy Laker chat about building a rapport between coaches and teachers.

Tips for Conducting Demonstration Lessons, or How to Avoid the “Am I Doing This Right?” Question

Teachers spend most of their day alone with their class, and each day they are required to make hundreds of “in-the-moment” instructional decisions. Here are just a few of the...

Coaching Letter to Jo

Jo is a fifth-grade teacher in Harlem. Although she has many responsibilities, Jo and I are working primarily on enhancing curriculum, instruction, and assessment related to her instructional reading block....

Coaching Minute: Read to Every Class

Principal Jennifer Schwanke has a simple strategy for building connections to every reader in her school: she regularly reads to every class.  

Secrets of Coaching Revisited

Listen First Teach by Example Be Patient I first read these words of the late Juli Kendell back in 2007 in an article she wrote on the secrets of school-based...

Literacy Day

My suburban Ohio city is lucky enough to have excellent snow-removal crews, so my district leaders are typically able to avoid canceling school for inclement weather. Not so this year....

Celebration Charts

Ruth Ayers, a Lead Literacy contributor, hosts a weekly meme on the web called Celebrate. We have been trying to share the spirit of celebration in our staff development sessions....

Coaching Minute: Waiting to Respond

Heather Rader explains the WAIT strategy for responding to challenging email in this quick video tip.       Email can be both a connector and a disconnector. Some colleagues...

Coaching Minute: Professional Development

Deb Gaby talks about the importance of professional development mirroring best practices in this quick video.  

Changing Focus with New Teachers

I push together two tables, set resources out, and adjust a dish of seasonal treats in the center of the table. Soon six “new” teachers will hustle in for our...

Coaching Minute: Lunch Tip

Trying to build relationships with teachers? Heather Rader suggests informal lunches in this quick video tip.   Whether you are a building-based or district-based coach, try to schedule a common...

Coaching Conversations: Collaborating and Celebrating Small Victories

Natasha Axelson shares some of the surprises and challenges of coaching, as well as the importance of celebrating small victories with Brenda Power in this audio interview. A full transcript...

Forming a Partnership with a New Coach

My first years of coaching came at a time when our district began a five-year literacy initiative which brought the workshop model into every classroom for reading and writing.  In...