Fall and Spring 2019-2020
Coaching In Literacy: Getting Started
Instructor: Ellen Thompson, Ed.D.
Location: Online and In person at PLL Offices (in Person dates: Jan 30, Mar 12, & Apr 9, 4:00-7:00 pm)
Dates: Jan 24-April 14, 2020
This course will set the stage for what literacy coaching is and what it is not. The research on coaching as an effective tool for school change will be included. Use of data to inform instructional decisions will be heavily discussed. This course will explore how coaches support new understandings of developmental literacy instruction and incorporation of the Vermont Multi-tiered System of Supports (VTmtss) into their work. Participants will read the The Literacy Coach’s Handbook by Sharon Walpole and Michael McKenna to better understand the many roles coaches have within a school and with teachers.
Reading that Matters: Responsive, Responsible & Compassionate Readers Gr 2-8
Instructor: Ellen Thompson, Ed.D. & June Golato, M.S., CCC-SLP
Dates: January 20-April 16th, 2020
This online course will allow participants to understand more completely what the expectations are for the teaching readers to really think about their reading within the context of ELA CCSS. For teachers to encourage and produce readers who really love reading, we have to nurture them into deep understanding of their reading. Using the text, Disrupting Thinking: Why how we read matters, written by Kylene Beers & Robert E. Probst, we will begin to develop the skills to push our readers into that deep thinking mode. This text coupled with Chris Lehman & Kate Robert’s book, Falling in Love with Close Reading: Lessons for analyzing texts- and life! will provide much knowledge on how to increase student understanding and use of voice in an age of fake news and more, the importance of supporting readers to be critical thinkers and readers is of the utmost importance.
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Coaching for Success: Scaling Up with Networks of Practice
Instructor: Ellen Thompson, Ed.D. and Gayle Moskowitz (presenter)
Location: Online and In Person dates at the Capitol Plaza: October 4, January 17, & April 3, 8:30-3:30
The course will create a Networked Improvement Community (NIC) for participating coaches to focus on problems of practice and change ideas that will lead to improved coaching, teaching, and learning. Coaching can be a lonely role, and establishing a community of coaches to explore specific practices, innovations, or “improvement” ideas allows all participants to benefit from the learning and expertise of others in a similar role. Course participants will establish an online community as well as have opportunities to work alongside each other at the Coaching Forums series: Gather.Collaborate.Learn. The work during these face to face meetings will establish the problem of practice to be explored through Plan-Do-Study-Act Inquiry cycles within each coach’s school setting. Working together in this network, the coaches will gather strategies and approaches from each other to outline a response for their identified problem of practice within their coaching roles. Participants will read Anthony Bryk’s book, Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better.