ERIC Number: EJ955828
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Is Hiring a Literacy Coach Worth the Investment? Addressing Common Assumptions
Chalfant, Pamela; Plasschaert, Candy; Madsen, Keri; McCray, Erica D.
ERS Spectrum, v29 n3 p1-10 Sum 2011
This article discusses assumptions often made by principals in K-12 schools regarding the role of literacy coaches and the presumed effects that coaching will have on teacher knowledge and practice as well as on student achievement. For the purposes of this article, a literacy coach is a content-area expert who assists teachers with instruction in literacy, which includes all the components of reading and writing, as opposed to a reading coach who assists teachers only in the processes of reading. Common assumptions are presented, followed by research that either confirm or refute the conventional wisdom. In addition, evidence-based recommendations are provided to assist school leaders in making informed decisions about how to employ a literacy coach in the most effective way possible to obtain the best return on their investment. (Contains 2 tables.)
Descriptors: Evidence, Teacher Characteristics, Elementary Secondary Education, Literacy, Coaching (Performance), Reading Instruction, Writing Instruction, Principals, Administrator Attitudes, Teacher Role, Scores, Teaching Methods, Faculty Development, Student Evaluation, Instructional Effectiveness, Teacher Effectiveness, Outcomes of Education
Educational Research Service.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida