Dates: November 16, 2017, January 25, March 22, May 3, 2018
Presenters: Gayle Moskowitz
Location: Killington Grand, Killington
Audience: K-12 literacy coaches
Cost: $675 for 4-part series. (Free for K-12 vtMTSS designated coaches from literacy-focused schools.)
Participants will enhance, refine, and extend research-based coaching skills and knowledge aimed at building their school’s capacity to improve the reading, writing, and language achievement of ALL students, especially those in need of additional supports in literacy learning. Session topics focus on effective communication, varied roles for coaches, and specific coaching actions within an MTSS context. As participants consider their goals within their specific contexts, a professional community of literacy coaches, literacy leaders, and mentors will share learning and support school-based problem solving through engagement in professional reading, lively discussions, videos, and roleplaying. Participants will create and add to a useful file of coaching resources throughout the series.
November 16: What Is a Literacy Coach? Defining This Crucial Role in Your Educational Setting
Participants will use current coaching resources and facilitated conversation to explore their own beliefs and core values. From that, each coach will create a mission statement to use as a foundation for his/her work. Coaches will then develop or revise a job description to fit the focus of their work in their particular settings. In addition, the change process, as it applies to school-based coaching, will be examined and discussed. Effective coaching moves and language will be modeled and noted.
January 25: Building Coaching Knowledge: From Conversations to Action
Coaching conversations, a powerful tool for all literacy coaches, will be modeled, planned, and practiced, with feedback provided. These conversations will evolve into techniques for planning demonstration lessons and professional learning experiences. Professional literature about coaching will guide this work.
March 22: Putting Ideas to Work: Facilitating Professional Learning
Participants will revisit and refine techniques for coaching conversations as problem solving experiences to utilize in their interactions with teachers and administrators. Skills and techniques required to plan and facilitate small group meetings (grade level teams, vertical teams, etc.) will be shared, discussed, and practiced. In addition, participants will examine and discuss the pros and cons of the literacy coach doing classroom observations and consider varied approaches. Literacy content modules (e.g., vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, decoding, etc.) will be shared and reviewed as possible resources for planning professional learning sessions.
May 3: Rising to the Challenge: Sustaining Systemic Successes and Looking Ahead
The importance of using student data for instructional decisions is critical within an MTSS-RtII context. Participants in this session will practice facilitating conversations that engage teachers in examining student data (work samples, assessment results, etc.). A variety of protocols will be shared and examined as tools to ensure focused discussions and to plan next steps for whole group, small group, and individual instruction. There will be opportunities to share experiences with presenting demonstration lessons and professional learning sessions. To reflect on their growth as literacy coaches this year, participants will return to their original mission