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Literacy Coaching

Transforming Teaching and Learning with Digital Tools and Technology

In Literacy Coaching, Stephanie Affinito offers concrete steps to enhance coaching with both digital and non-digital tools to transform teacher and student learning.

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What does it mean to be an effective literacy coach? Former teacher and veteran literacy coach Stephanie Affinito shares a core set of beliefs about literacy coaching and how it can transform teacher and student learning. While chart paper, sticky notes, and notebooks will always be essential teaching tools, Stephanie shows that by thoughtfully incorporating digital tools into your coaching, you can personalize teacher learning even more and provide greater options to increase motivation and collaboration.

In Literacy Coaching, she explores the ways coaches and teachers can incorporate technology to: 

  • cultivate and innovate teacher learning communities
  • redesign professional development
  • collaborate to impact and elevate student learning
  • find inspiration for their continued journey.

Technology is changing the way we work, learn, and play. It has the ability to expand what is possible for teachers and students. Stephanie offers concrete steps to enhance coaching with both digital and non-digital tools. Ultimately, the goal is to strengthen teaching practice and elevate the level of literacy instruction in classrooms and schools.

Literacy Coaching is not just about coaching with technology; it’s about making teacher learning more meaningful, relevant, and student-centered. Match teachers with the right tools to help bring teaching ideas and goals to life.

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In Depth

This first chapter introduces you to literacy coaching with digital tools and provided a framework for using technology to support teacher learning. In the remaining chapters, we explore the varied ways you can use technology to support teacher learning based on the common roles we take on as literacy coaches: building teacher learning communities, creating professional development experiences, and engaging in intentional classroom coaching. 

In Chapter 2, I share how you might use technology to transform the learning community within your school. You will learn how to cultivate teachers’ reading lives, create spaces for teacher learning, and cultivate your personal learning network, alongside your teachers. In Chapter 3, I tackle professional development and offer numerous suggestions on how to use technology to differentiate your sessions, better engage teachers in their own learning, and curate useful instructional resources. You will learn about “flipped coaching” and imagine the possibilities for your own work. 

Intentional classroom coaching is at the heart of our work. In Chapter 4, you will reflect on your own coaching experiences and the decisions that drive your work in classrooms. I will share digital ways to plan, organize, and conference with teachers to elevate the level of literacy instruction in classrooms. In the final chapter of the book, I urge you to find inspiration for your continued journey. Inspiration can come in many forms: seeking out others, fueling your own professional learning, and staying connected. You will learn how to organize yourself for the journey ahead and take care of your professional digital footprint. 

— Introduction


Companion Resources

Appendix A: Literacy Coaching Vision Plan
Appendix B: Demonstration Lesson Plan
Appendix C: Coteaching Lesson Plan
Appendix D: Literacy Coaching Observation Notes
Appendix E: Literacy Coaching Conversation
Appendix F: Tech Notes