Forum 4: Literacy Coaching in Reading FirstThis forum is archived and additional posts are not accepted.
Michael McKenna, Tue April 03, 2007, 08:19 PM MDT
Reading First has added substantial impetus to the literacy coaching movement by requiring that a coach work in virtually every funded school. Because the Reading First program sets specific expectations, the issues that pertain to Reading First coaches may not apply to coaches in other settings. Chief among these expectations are (1) a protected block of at least 90 minutes, (2) a commercial core reading program, (3) a K-3 focus, (4) a formative assessment system involving screening and diagnostic measures, (5) a commitment to scientifically-based reading instruction, and (6) extensive professional development for teachers.
In this forum we offer educators a chance to discuss the issues related to coaching in the context of Reading First. We do not wish to narrow the topic too much for fear that we may avoid important issues. However, to start things off, we want to suggest a few questions that seem relevant:
What are some of the successes and concerns that Reading First coaches wish to share?
How should Reading First coaching evolve in the next few years (assuming that funding for the program continues)?
How can Reading First coaches learn from other models of coaching and from coaches in other contexts?