"Adolescents entering the adult world in the 21st century will read and write more than at any other time in human history." -- Richard Vaca, author of Content Area Reading: Literacy and Learning Across the Curriculum

Teaching Matters’ Literacy Coaches lead teachers to improve the teaching and learning of reading and writing through targeted support in curriculum, assessment, instruction, and collaborative inquiry.

Teachers will learn how to establish standards-based common curricula and assessments, execute effective lessons that exemplify Common Core instructional shifts, and collaboratively refine their instruction based on data analysis. They will engage students in closely analyzing and discussing complex texts, in using evidence to support argumentative writing, and in developing academic vocabulary. As an important element, we also build the capacity of your literacy teacher leaders to sustain this work.

Measurable Outcomes:

  • Research-based, effective literacy instruction (QR 1.2)
  • Implementation of Common Core aligned curriculum (QR 1.1)
  • Common assessments that inform instruction (QR 2.2)
  • High-functioning teams engaged in collaborative inquiry practices (QR 4.2)
  • Improved student learning as measured by common assessments

Principals Get:

  • Support in what to look for in an effective literacy lesson
  • A thought partner for your school's literacy initiatives
  • Final impact report

Teacher Leaders Get:

  • Leading Teacher Teams institute
  • School-based customized Literacy Workshops
  • Access to resources and training modules housed in a learning management system
  • Job-embedded coaching from a Literacy Coach

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A Middle School where Common, Focused Practice Generates Student Literacy Success