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2023 Coaching and Literacy Leadership Retreat

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The Coaching and Literacy Leadership Retreat is a time of “rejuvenation” for educators… a time to relax, rethink, recharge and rebuild…. a chance to learn the best practices that can be implemented immediately.  The Literacy Retreat utilizes leaders in the field to go deep into literacy topics of interest and ways to create a more equitable classroom.  In our current day and age, sustaining an equitable environment for students requires more than expanding a classroom library.  During this period in education, we as educators must find new ways to build literacy and cultural responsive practices to build better readers and writers.   Today’s literacy educators must find ways to be more inclusive with the structure that governs their shared spaces. 

  • Walk away with a clearer understanding of today’s literacy standards and strategies to achieve those requirements in the classroom

  • Gain a plethora of tools and new instructional strategies for literacy achievement

  • Reflect on your current practices of language and literacy instruction

  • Social Emotional Learning/Self-Care

  • Understanding and Unpacking Standards to Close Gaps

  • Culturally Responsive Teaching

  • Build an understanding of culturally and linguistically responsive teaching practices

  • Pioneer equitable instructional practices in language and literacy instruction to lead shifts in your classroom and/or school settings

A Practical, Four -Day Retreat Focused on Increasing Your Effectiveness as a Literacy Coach

Plan to attend as a school or district team, a representative team member or district team leader to increase your effectiveness as a literacy coach and enhance the literacy achievement of your students. You will learn how to build on the success of your current program, identify key components that have the greatest impact on student literacy achievement and find specific areas you need to target for implementation and improvement. Leave equipped with coaching skills that are successful with even the most reluctant teachers, specific instructional strategies that accelerate student learning and enhance the literacy instruction within your school or district and proven professional development ideas that engage staff members and have a higher probability of implementation.

Structure Your Literacy Instruction for the Greatest Results and Boost Teacher Expertise AND Student Achievement

Discover both the attributes of highly successful literacy instruction and highly effective coaching strategies that ensure implementation and teacher growth including building teacher instructional expertise in working with struggling students. Strengthen your own coaching skills in working with reluctant teachers and gain valuable ideas for conducting motivating and inspiring professional development opportunities. During these four days, you will learn specific literacy building strategies, highly effective coaching techniques and specific ways to conduct powerful professional development opportunities that can have a major and positive impact on the literacy achievement of your students.

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Key components of exemplary literacy instruction that accelerate student learning … Implications for your own school or district program

  • Specific intervention strategies to use with struggling students

  • How to balance your role as a “literacy expert” and colleague on a staff

  • Practical suggestions to organize yourself as an effective literacy coach

  • Ready-to-use tips for teachers to organize their classrooms and materials

  • How to deliver content most effectively through professional development, in-class modeling and feedback

  • Best practices in literacy including comprehension, phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, and vocabulary

  • How to create an effective system to model effective literacy instruction for teachers and provide valuable feedback based on in-class observations

  • Specific ways for working with reluctant teachers, new teachers or teachers new to a grade level

  • Practical intervention strategies to increase reading and writing competencies

  • How to balance what teachers need and what they want from you as their coach

  • How to increase your own skills and expertise to meet the specific needs of teachers from kindergarten to 6th grade

  • Specific ideas to provide scientifically research-based instruction that will enable you and your teachers to strengthen students’ reading and writing skills

  • Formal and informal assessments to quickly determine what is important to teach for grouping and interventions

  • How to build on what you currently have in place by targeting what your students really need and what you can add or change

  • Model and coach for five basic, interactive literacy activities that produce independent students

  • How to create focused lessons and thinking strategies to teach new content, deepen understanding and increase literacy skills

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