Mangin, M. & Stoelinga, S. (Eds.). (2008). Effective Teacher Leadership. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Author: Mangin, M. & Stoelinga, S. (Eds.).
This book is as much about coaching as it is effective teacher leadership! It is the first edited volume to appear of research studies on coaching. Chapters 2, 3, 6, 7, and 10 are of particular interest to literacy/reading coaches. In Chapter 2, Taylor proposes a theory of coaching that is very helpful in reading the rest of the book. Chapter 3 is of special interest to middle and high school coaches who find themselves working with teachers in content areas that they do not feel totally comfortable in themselves. In Chapter 6 Stoelinga's study involves literacy coaching and distributed leadership perspectives. It fits well with the findings and concerns that Hathaway & Risko and Rainville discuss in other research pieces in the LCC website. Camburn, Kimball, & Lowenhaupt in Chapter 8 have completed a research study concerning going to scale with a districtwide literacy coach initiative. While they do not report standardized test score data on students, they report on many other facets of taking a elementary level literacy coaching program to scale. The chapter contains several lessons that district leaders and principals will want to consider. The final chapter of the book summarizes what has been learned from the set of studies, outlines what is needed to make teacher leadership/coaching more successful, and suggests further research that needs to be done. The entire book is very interesting and reads well.
Date Added: 04/27/2008
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