Our 15-hour Literacy Leadership course introduces up to four of your staff members to our framework for adult professional development and provides an overview of our perspective on disciplinary literacy. At the end of this course, the staff members will have conducted a needs assessment and drafted an action plan that can be used to take the school community to the next level in literacy practices that support effective disciplinary teaching and learning.
LITERACY LEADERSHIP COURSE MODULE 1: THE CASE FOR ADOPTING A COACHING MINDSET
Why is it powerful “to think like a coach when beginning to design a literacy professional learning project? In this module, we overview the field of disciplinary literacy and introduce the four-part coaching framework that can effectively drive your capacity building work with teachers. You will also be asked to think about the current state of literacy teaching and learning in your context and then determine the next steps needed to build a strong disciplinary literacy professional learning initiative.
LITERACY LEADERSHIP COURSE MODULE 2: CONDUCTING A NEEDS ASSESSMENT
Why is an effective literacy assessment necessary in designing professional learning? This module will introduce you to the six critical steps in designing a literacy needs assessment that will inform you of the literacy teaching and learning strengths and areas of need in your school or district, which is essential to know in designing a strong literacy initiative. We also provide access to the Carnegie Content Area Literacy Survey, which is an easily alterable online survey tool you can use with teachers and students. Analysis of this survey data can help you determine the next steps in the design of your professional learning project.
LITERACY LEADERSHIP COURSE MODULE 3: FOCUSING ON ADULT LEARNING
Why should we differentiate learning for adults? In this third module, you will learn the importance of differentiating the learning for the adults in your school. You will learn enough about Constructive Developmental Theory to understand how learning might look different for instrumental, socializing and self-authoring learners and when and how each type of learning might have a place in your professional learning project. You will also learn about human and social capital distinctions and how this might influence the teams, departments and the school culture in which you work, and ultimately how these distinctions might influence the design of your professional learning initiative.
LITERACY LEADERSHIP COURSE MODULE 4: BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER: DRAFT ACTION PLAN
What will your professional learning design look like? By the end of this module, you will be ready to complete a draft of your literacy leadership action plan. You will read a case study of a recent disciplinary literacy professional learning project, consider its relevance to your context, and decide which elements you might borrow or adapt for your own professional learning initiative. You will learn about and decide which professional learning structures and routines will help you reach your goals. You will also think about who will participate in this initiative, the timing of various action items and the scope and sequence of the learning over months or years.
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