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This user-friendly guide to literacy coaching gives you the practical tools and tips you need to promote more effective literacy instruction. You’ll find guidance and resources to help you advocate for change, deal with the practical aspects of coaching, and overcome difficult situations. A narrative bibliography and topical index provide quick reference to the professional literature and topics covered in the book.
Cathy A. Toll is a consultant and author who supports learning by helping professional learning teams, educational coaches, and school leaders to invest in teachers capacity to make a difference for students.. She has published widely for teacher leaders, including four books for coaches and numerous articles in professional journals. She has served as a teacher at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, a reading specialist, a curriculum coordinator, a principal, director of literacy research and development, university professor, grant director, consultant, and educational coach. Her PhD is from Pennsylvania State University, with a focus on curriculum and instruction, language and literacy education, and teacher professional growth.
The extensive revisions in this second edition reflect Toll's refinement of her approach to coaching as well as her response to the challenges that coaches face today. It guides new and experienced coaches through important topics, such as the following:Effecting changeWorking with teacher partners individually and in teamsCommunicating well in coaching conversationsDealing with difficult situationsCoaching around special initiatives, such as the CCSS and RTI
Do you feel bogged down by endless administrative tasks? Do you wish you could focus more on what truly matters—learning? Learnership provides both insight and solutions for moving past distractions and becoming a learning leader. Cathy Toll illustrates how the practice of learnership can be implemented every day through activities, real-life stories, and narrative bibliography. This book offers:Practices to help teachers improve their effectiveness using problem-solving techniques More effective ways to approach data, testing, and accountability Strategies for supporting Professional Learning Teams (PLT) and educational coaches