Moran, M. C. (2007). Differentiated literacy coaching: Scaffolding for student and teacher success. Alexandria, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Author: Moran, M. C.



This book serves to support literacy coaches as they negotiate how to meet the needs of the teachers with whom they work. Much like in our classrooms where one teaching format will not be effective with all learners, one literacy coaching format will not be effective with all teachers. Thus, this book advocates a differentiated approach for literacy coaching. Here Moran guides coaches to consider, How does one literacy coach meet the highly varied coaching needs of teachers with vastly different levels of experience, ability, and skill? The tool Moran advocates is called the Literacy Coaching Continuum. It is a framework of varied coaching structures - moving from low to high coach involvement - intended to help coaches develop and design differentiated experiences for teacher growth.

Upon first glance, this book may seem dry. However, the content around how to design differentiated coaching experiences is both interesting and useful. Additionally, the tools Moran includes cannot be ignored. The book contains features and resources that uniquely support literacy coaching efforts: *Many chapters conclude with discussion questions which could spark interesting conversations among those who are reading this book with a professional book study group; *resource lists are inserted throughout the book, prompting us toward deeper learning and/or action; a "Professional Learning" box reappears intermittently to make intra-book connections and recommend further readings; numerous worksheets/templates are presented as guides for planning and conducting observations and evaluations, and engaging in reflection; downloadable tools are available in the Appendix; and the entire last section presents detailed lesson plans and activity guidelines for conducting differentiated professional development experiences - designed to spark discussion, deliver content, guide decision-making, and conduct program evaluation in both small and large group settings.

Although this book is written specifically for literacy coaches, it will also be a useful tool for instructional coaches, administrators, and teacher leaders.

Date Added: 02/19/2008


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