Practical Literacy Coaching

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Before you jump headlong into the new school year, read this week's Coaching Matters. Jan Miller Burkins offers tried and true advice that will help you be a more successful coach.

Practical Literacy Coaching



1. Set up computer filing system.
2. Obtain a complete list of the faculty and make a teacher checklist document. Make copies of the teacher checklist so that you have them when you need them.
3. Obtain classroom rosters. Request updated copies of these periodically.
4. Introduce yourself to new faculty.
5. If you do not have a job description, research and write one.
6. If you do have a job description, print out a copy to determine how you will communicate it with the faculty.
7. Review the instrument with which you will be evaluated.
8. Set up weekly meetings with your administrator.
9. Set your professional goals for the year.
10. Develop a system for logging conference and observation notes.
11. Obtain relevant assessment data from the previous year(s).
12. Visit every classroom for 10?â?¬Ãƒ¢??20 minutes without a clipboard in the first week of school.
13. Write professional learning plans so that teachers will receive professional learning credit for time spent in site-based professional learning.
14. Set up your calendar. Transfer in your district dates for professional learning days, end-of-terms, and so forth.
15. Prepare an introduction of yourself and how you can support teachers, and present this at an initial faculty meeting. 16. Develop a system for teachers to request support.
17. Develop a professional learning plan for yourself. Contact local coaches who may support you.
From Practical Literacy Coaching: A Collection of Tools to Support Your Work by Jan Miller Burkins. 2009 International Reading Association.