Coaches in the High School Classroom

Coaches in the High School Classroom

The responsibility for developing literacy among adolescents has shifted from students' English teachers to almost every single teacher in a school, prompting many school districts to bring in literacy coaches to work with staff on literacy-acquisition strategies. Coaches in the High School Classroom (56 pages, PDF), a report prepared by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform for the Carnegie Corporation of New York to help inform the latter's five-year, $60 million Schools for a New Society initiative, explores the choices and challenges faced by six literacy coaches working in Boston and Houston, two of the seven districts selected for the initiative. Each portrait is interspersed with questions designed to prompt individual reflection or group discussion. The report also offers a section on tools for assessment and analysis of coaching programs; a glossary; and a listing of additional resources.