Empowering Teachers with Proven Literacy Strategies

by | Jul 2, 2024


In the second part of our series, we will explore effective literacy strategies that literacy coaches can use to support teachers. By focusing on evidence-based practices, literacy coaches can help teachers implement structured literacy instruction that meets the diverse needs of their students.

Structured Literacy Approach

Explicit and Systematic Instruction:

    • Ensure that teachers provide explicit instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
    • Use systematic instruction that follows a clear progression of skills.

Multi-Sensory Learning:

    • Encourage the use of multi-sensory techniques to engage students and reinforce learning.
    • Provide resources and training on multi-sensory activities and materials.

Scaffolded Support:

    • Guide teachers in providing scaffolds to support student learning, such as graphic organizers, sentence starters, and anchor charts.
    • Teach strategies for gradually removing scaffolds as students become more proficient.

Differentiated Instruction

Flexible Grouping:

    • Help teachers use assessment data to form flexible groups based on students’ needs.
    • Provide strategies for rotating groups and differentiating activities within small groups.

Targeted Interventions:

    • Support teachers in designing targeted interventions for students who need additional support.
    • Use data to identify specific skill gaps and plan interventions accordingly.

Integrating Technology:

    • Introduce teachers to digital tools and resources that support differentiated instruction.
    • Provide training on using technology to personalize learning and engage students.

Coaching and Modeling

In-Class Support:

    • Offer in-class coaching to model effective literacy strategies and provide real-time feedback.
    • Co-teach lessons to demonstrate best practices and support implementation.

Observation and Feedback:

    • Conduct classroom observations to identify strengths and areas for improvement.
    • Provide constructive feedback and actionable recommendations to enhance instruction.

Collaborative Planning:

    • Work with teachers to plan lessons and units that incorporate evidence-based literacy strategies.
    • Share resources and materials to support effective planning and instruction.

Focusing on evidence-based literacy strategies enables literacy coaches to help teachers provide high-quality instruction that meets the needs of all students. The final part of this series will discuss creating a supportive literacy environment and engaging families and the community in literacy initiatives.