The purpose of this document is to increase Michigan’s capacity to improve children’s literacy by identifying a small set of research-supported literacy coaching practices that should be a focus of professional development throughout the state. Literacy coaching can provide powerful job-embedded, ongoing professional development with a primary goal of enhancing classroom literacy instruction through improving teacher expertise. Effective literacy coaching supports teachers to successfully navigate the daily challenges they face in their classrooms. As a result, instructional capacity and sustainability within the schools increases. In addition, through improving teacher expertise and the quality of core instruction, student achievement increases.
This document is intended to be partnered with Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy: Prekindergarten and Essential Instructional Practices in Early Literacy: K to 3 as well as Essential School-Wide and Center-Wide Practices in Literacy.