EDUC 657 - Analysis of Reading Data, Instructional Coaching, and Partnerships with Reading Teachers
In the local area, one of the primary roles of reading specialists, outside of assisting students who have reading difficulties, is often to serve as an instructional coach to assist reading teachers in the continuous improvement of their craft. Part of this course focuses on the essential skills that instructional coaches need, including building a climate of trust, modeling best practices, observing teachers and facilitating reflective conversations. Candidates will explore some of the common obstacles faced by instructional coaches and how to overcome such challenges. The candidate will leave this course with a thorough understanding of resources and tools reading specialists may use to facilitate and coach adult learners in the areas of reading curriculum, reading methods, and reading assessment.
Student data should drive all instructional decisions that reading specialists make alongside classroom teachers. As a result, part of this course will also include candidates practicing a deep analysis of student reading data. The candidate will leave this course with an ability to analyze student data in order to appropriately select various reading methods, instructional strategies and interventions appropriate for a variety of struggling readers.