University professors, who prepare literacy coaches and reading specialists, and school districts aiming at enhancing their professional development programs will benefit tremendously from this series.
St. Charles, IL (PRWEB) May 07, 2012
“The Literacy Coaching Series” incorporates a key set of standards for reading professionals developed by the International Reading Association (IRA). These standards provide guidance to colleges and universities that have Reading Specialist and Literacy Coach candidates in their reading certification programs. Professors who teach in these programs can be confident that “The Literacy Coaching Series” will be a valuable component of their programs as it maps to the same set of IRA standards that they use in their certification courses.
The position of Literacy Coach has been a recent introduction in many schools. The major function of the Literacy Coach is to support teachers in their instructional efforts to teach reading and writing to their students. In many school districts, the Literacy Coach must be a certified reading specialist. According to the International Reading Association, this certification is a base requirement. Along with the competencies of a reading specialist, the Literacy Coach must also offer support and be able to lead teachers.
“The Literacy Coaching Series” offers many video examples of how the Literacy Coach leads and supports teachers. These video models of coach and teacher interactions will help viewers achieve specific elements of the IRA standards related to: Foundational Knowledge, Curriculum and Instruction, Assessment and Evaluation, Literate Environment, and Professional Learning and Leadership.
To further reinforce these IRA standards, “The Literacy Coaching Series” follows a specific instructional format that starts with an introduction in which the important elements of the lesson are pointed out, the video lesson in which best practices of literacy coaching are modeled, a debrief of the lesson where critical observations are made by experts in the field, and a labeled version of the video lesson that highlights critical elements in the lesson with graphics aids that can be used as reference points to promote discussion.
“‘The Literacy Coaching Series’ is an innovative and important resource for developing literacy coaches’ expertise,” said Victoria Risko, 2011-12 President of IRA and Professor Emerita from Vanderbilt University. “University professors, who prepare literacy coaches and reading specialists, and school districts aiming at enhancing their professional development programs will benefit tremendously from this series.”
“The Literacy Coaching Series” is a production of LearnSure® Inc. It is a “workshop-in-a-box” that consists of 2 DVDs with a total viewing time of 2 hours 45 minutes. The package also has a CD-ROM that contains printable viewing guides for each lesson and forms to facilitate note taking and discussion. Along with being available as a stand-alone video series, “The Literacy Coaching Series” is also available in a CMS (Course Management System) version for users of Blackboard Learn™, Moodle™ or other similar course management systems.
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