ERIC Number: ED530302
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun-2
Reference Count: 16
Facilitating Teacher Study Groups
Walpole, Sharon; Beauchat, Katherine A.
Literacy Coaching Clearinghouse
Although literacy coaching means many different things, all coaching initiatives have one common commitment: the goal of building teacher expertise. In the authors' work as coaches and with coaches, they have relied on teacher study groups as a main strategy for accomplishing this task. Their understanding of the potential for study groups has expanded over time; their current vision combines ideas from real-world book clubs with ideas from the adult learning and professional development literature, and then adds a dash of compassion for the complex and difficult world of everyday teaching. This recipe yields a flexible set of recommendations that can help coaches launch or refresh teacher study groups.
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Faculty Development, Teacher Improvement, Literacy, Coaching (Performance), Communities of Practice, Study Skills, Performance Factors, Group Dynamics, Collegiality
Literacy Coaching Clearinghouse. National Council of Teachers of English 1111 West Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801. Tel: 877-369-6283; Tel: 217-328-3870; Fax: 217-328-9645; Web site: http://www.literacycoachingonline.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: Literacy Coaching Clearinghouse (LCC)