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Laurie Elish-Piper, PhD, is Distinguished Teaching Professor, Presidential Engagement Professor, and Director of the Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic in the Department of Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University (NIU), where she teaches graduate courses related to literacy coaching and leadership. Dr. Elish-Piper also serves as Deputy Provost for NIU. Formerly she worked as an elementary teacher, a middle school reading teacher, and an educational therapist in a clinical setting. Her research and teaching focus on literacy leadership and coaching, and she works extensively with school districts to develop and implement literacy coaching programs at the elementary and middle school levels. Dr. Elish-Piper is coauthor of seven previous books and has presented and published widely on literacy coaching, including in The Reading Teacher and Elementary School Journal.
Susan K. L'Allier, EdD, is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Reading Program in the Department of Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University. Prior to joining the university faculty, Dr. L'Allier worked as an elementary teacher, a lead teacher, and a principal. She has conducted multiple research studies with Laurie Elish-Piper to examine the relationship between literacy coaching and student literacy achievement. Their work has appeared in journal articles, book chapters, and presentations, as well as in The Literacy Coaching Series, a video "workshop in a box" that enables viewers to see and analyze interactions between literacy coaches and teachers.
Table of Contents
I. Coaching toward the Common Core 1. Getting Ready for Coaching 2. Tools for Effective Coaching II. Large-Group Coaching toward the Common Core Strategy 1. Establishing a Climate for Literacy Coaching Strategy 2. Building Shared Understanding and Language Strategy 3. Conducting an Article Study Group Strategy 4. Providing Professional Development at Faculty Meetings Strategy 5. Unpacking the Common Core Standards Strategy 6. Examining the Vertical Alignment of the Standards Strategy 7. Presenting Powerful Professional Development III. Small-Group Coaching toward the Common Core Strategy 8. Developing Implementation Guides for the Common Core Standards Strategy 9. Reviewing Assessment Data to Plan Instruction Strategy 10. Examining Student Work Strategy 11. Reviewing Units of Study Strategy 12. Conducting a Lesson Study IV. Individual Coaching toward the Common Core Strategy 13. Setting Goals Strategy 14. Modeling Strategy 15. Co-Planning Strategy 16. Co-Teaching Strategy 17. Observing Strategy 18. Implementing the Coaching Cycle V. Putting It All Together: Profiles of Highly Effective Literacy Coaches Profile 1. Establishing and Maintaining Administrator Support Profile 2. Getting into Classrooms Profile 3. Working with Hesitant Teachers Profile 4. Staying the Course Profile 5. Embedding Coaching into Other Assigned Duties Profile 6. Organizing for Success Final Thoughts