Vogt., M. & Shearer, B. (2007). Reading specialists and literacy coaches in the real world. (2nd Ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson.

Author: Vogt, M & Shearer, B.


This book is set up as a textbook with graphic organizers at the beginning of chapters and suggestions for portfolio products as part of performance-based assessments for university classes. Each chapter contains a vignette at the beginning that is further discussed at the end of the chapter; the focus of the book is K-12. There are excellent suggestions for discussion questions and other group activities. Vogt is a former president of IRA, and one leaves the book with a more thorough understanding of the IRA standards and what is expected for the position of reading specialist/coach. Each chapter of the book is devoted to one of the roles that a reading specialist/coach plays in a school. Coaches gain much information about how to think and perform each of these roles. Another feature unique to this book is its emphasis on ELL learners and the need to understand the contributions of all children's cultural backgrounds to their literacy. At this point in time, there is more information here on this topic for literacy coaches than in other books. This book would also be good as a semester or year-long choice for a coaches' study group. While not as easy reading as some other books on coaching, there is much to be gained from this book. It is a keeper in one's professional library. You will go back to it.

Date Added: 10/01/2006


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