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Antony T Smith
B EDUC 539
Bothell Campus

Literacy Coaching

Examines research and practice focused on literacy coaching in terms of mentoring, peer collaboration, and teacher leadership development. Emphasizes literacy content and pedagogical content knowledge, theories of teacher change, and models of effective professional development.

Class description

In this seminar we will examine research and practice focused on literacy coaching in terms of mentoring, peer collaboration, and teacher leadership development. We will put particular emphasis on literacy content and pedagogical content knowledge, theories of teacher change, and models of effective professional development. Learning outcomes include strategies for successfully mentoring classroom teachers and key elements of developing a school-wide literacy action plan. This course addresses common core elements 5.0 and 6.0 of the M.Ed. reading endorsement.

Student learning goals

Common Core 5.0 Professional Development: Candidates view professional development as a career-long effort and responsibility.

Common Core 6.0 Instructional Methodology: Candidates demonstrate a deep understanding of the pedagogical knowledge and practice specific to the teaching of reading and writing.

General method of instruction

This is a hybrid course, with six face-to-face sessions and four online sessions. Themes, concepts, and activities will span these two different session, or module, formats. The course is designed for substantial student participation. In addition to using a variety of resources to provide a basis for common knowledge, students will work collaboratively and independently to identify and explore issues.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Course grades will be based on assignments listed below. Criteria for each assignment will be distributed during class. Strong work is indicated by careful analysis of text, scholarly treatment of the issues, and substantial participation in online and in-class discussions.

1. Active participation 2. Online blog and discussions 3. Collaboration plan 4. Action plan


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Antony T Smith
Date: 04/11/2012