Develop your knowledge of the content and practices of effective literacy teaching.

Online: January 21–March 15, 2020 (Spring Term I)

Schools improve when administrators support teachers' professional learning. This online course is for literacy coaches, teacher leaders, and administrators who want to understand the link between coaching and teacher professional development. We'll discuss how to use The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, and other resources, to help you improve literacy teaching and learning in your school. We'll also evaluate different models of content-based coaching, including collaborative coaching and intervention.

You can take this 3-credit online course individually or as part of the 12-credit online Graduate Certificate in Literacy Coaching and Teacher Leadership (program beginning in Fall 2018). It is a required course for this certificate.

  • Course Outcomes
    • Use professional resources and observational tools to sharpen the analysis of the teaching of reading and writing.
    • Design an effective coaching session with a teacher: pre-lesson conference, classroom visit, post-conference/coaching session to support the teaching of reading and writing.
    • Select particular kinds of coaching to meet the needs of specific teachers: intervention, cluster coaching, as well as individual coaching sessions.
    • Employ generative coaching to support teacher independence.
    • Use language that opens conversation and promotes the analysis of teaching and its effects on learning.
    • Link coaching sessions to professional development.
    • Think about building independence and agency in teachers.
  • Required Texts

    Participation in this course requires all of the books to learn the content.

    • Fountas, I.C. and Pinnell, G.S. (2016). The Fountas & Pinnell Literacy Continuum, Expanded Edition: A Tool for Assessment, Planning, and Teaching, PreK-8. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    • Fountas, I.C. and Pinnell, G.S. (2018). The Literacy Quick Guide. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. 
    • Fountas, I.C. and Pinnell, G.S. (2017). Prompting Guide, Part 1, for Oral Reading and Early Writing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
    • Fountas, I.C. and Pinnell, G.S. (2017). Prompting Guide, Part 2, for Comprehension: Thinking, Talking, and Writing. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

    Getting the Texts

    We are unable to lend participants any books. Please plan to:

Cost, Registration, & Cancellation

3 Graduate Credits

Other Online Courses

Here are the 3 other online courses that are part of the 12-credit Graduate Certificate in Literacy Coaching and Teacher Leadership.

Contact Us
Please contact the Center for Reading Recovery & Literacy Collaborative if you have any questions.