Networks for Excellence in Schools: Literacy Coaching for the New Normal

The last few months of this past school year were challenging, especially when considering how much our students were actually learning.  Instruction was designed by individual teachers, within systems working diligently to respond to urgent situations.  But we know more now…and we have come up with solutions and strategies to make our systems and instruction more responsive to our current world.  Yet, we are still facing a long-standing challenge–how do we narrow the gaps for our neediest students while still propelling all students to learn as much as they can.  As literacy coaches, we know we can do more within our systems to help teachers support our students in this “new normal.” So the big question is, what can literacy coaches do to support teachers as they design and intentionally teach all students?

As literacy coaches, we know we need to support :

  • Students’ needs
  • Equitable access to learning
  • Responsive instruction
  • Teachers’ instructional needs