What we know—and don’t know—about coaching: A conversation with professor Michael Kamil. Northwest Education, 12(1), 16-17.
This Stanford University professor helped give rise to the Reading First initiative; he was one of 14 members of the National Reading Panel; and he helped collaborate on the recent Standards for Middle and High School Literacy Coaches. Yet he’s quick to point out the lack of research supporting literacy coaching. In this interview, he discusses literacy coaches, what they can bring to a school, and the difficulties in finding qualified coaches. He also points out that good coaches need to know how to teach children as well as adults. A coach may have been able to teach reading well, but teaching adult teachers requires a different set of skills not all coaches may have. However, he suggests practical solutions for how to ensure literacy coaches are highly skilled and able to bring positive change to their schools.
Date Added: 01/31/2007