Fail-safe literacy is defined as listening, viewing, thinking, speaking, reading, writing, and expressing through multiple symbol systems at a developmentally appropriate level. An effective literacy coach, who can inspire extraordinary performance from ordinary people, can be a key to improving literacy schoolwide.
Grounded in research and an evidence-based approach, this handbook guides school leaders in successfully implementing literacy coaching, with a systematic process for teachers, administrators, and students. It is designed to improve reading, writing, and content learning through literacy infusion into curricular and instructional practices throughout the school.
Classroom strategies, specific teacher leadership practices, and resources used successfully in schools are showcased throughout, along with
Background knowledge and an introduction to "fail-safe" literacy
Details on the roles and responsibilities of literacy coaches
Ideas for building the literacy team
Ways to study data and monitor achievement
Practical guidance for the literacy coach's continuing success
Literacy Coaching supports school leaders in implementing a successful literacy coaching program, and in creating a collaborative professional learning community for literacy, resulting in improved student achievement.