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Coaching Institute with Katherine Casey

In my work with the Center for Educational Leadership at the University of Washington, I am privileged to coordinate the Promise of Coaching Institute, which is presented by nationally-acclaimed coach Katherine Casey, author of Literacy Coaching: The Essentials (Heinemann, 2006).

Portland: January 29-30, 2009

This two-day interactive session is designed to deepen literacy coaches’ understanding about what coaches need to know and be able to do and how to set up coaching work for success. The Institute is open to practitioners from all grade levels.

While not all authors of literacy books are great speakers, Katherine is exceptional!  She is a practitioner at heart, and incorporates videos of her own coaching throughout her sessions.  This is an event you won’t want to miss!

REGISTER NOW: SPACES ARE LIMITED!

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Special Guest Blogger: Katherine Casey

I am thrilled to have my esteemed colleague, Katherine Casey, as my first guest blogger! Katherine is a nationally-acclaimed literacy coach and author of Literacy Coaching: The Essentials, and will lead the Promise of Coaching Institute in Seattle (January 8-9, 2009) and Portland (January 29-30, 2009).

For her first guest blog, I have asked Katherine to share a little bit about what she’s been reading:

What professional texts are you currently reading?  Your thoughts on them?

My stack of professional texts keeps growing as I try to keep up with the fantastic new titles being published.  Right now I’m reading texts to shore up some of my areas of weakness – early childhood and high school.

Katie Wood Ray and Matt Glover’s Already Ready: Nurturing Writings in Preschool and Kindergarten brought tears to my eyes within a few pages.  What I found moving is the deep respect Ray and Glover have for very young children as readers, writers, and learners.  This book is a must read for all educators who come in contact with young children.

I’m a big fan of Emily Kissner’s Summarizing, Paraphrasing, and Retelling:  Skills for Better Reading, Writing, and Test Taking and just received her newly published The Forest AND the Trees:  Helping Readers Identify Important Details in Texts and Tests I’m only a third of the way through the text and it looks like a post-it pad and highlighter exploded on the pages.  There are many practical, elegant lessons to try.

Do you ever find yourself mourning the education you wish you could have had?  I attended an “excellent” public high school in a town with “outstanding” test scores, lots of AP classes, and college bound students.  I was expected to read and write a great deal, yet was not actually taught how to read critically and write effectively.  Harvey Daniels, Steven Zemelman, and Nancy Steineke’s Content-Area Writing: Every Teachers Guide made it painfully obvious how lacking my high school education was.  Their lesson ideas are fantastic!  I taught a few while coaching at a high school this summer and not only did my students learn to write more strategically, I learned as well and actually looked forward to working with the high school students each day so that we could learn together.

A number of the school districts with which I work are using Fountas and Pinnell’s The Continuum of Literacy Learning, Grades K-8: Behaviors and Understandings to Notice, Teach, and Support.  What a rich, valuable resource!

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