Elementary literacy coaches serve as one component in a professional learning system to support teacher learning. This dissertation in practice intended to highlight the need for an effective professional learning system for elementary literacy coaches that will enable them to impact teacher and student learning. The pilot study explored needs and perspectives of professional learning opportunities for elementary literacy coaches in a central Florida school district. Findings from the pilot study, along with literature surrounding the topic, resulted in the design of A Framework for Elementary Literacy Coaches' Professional Learning. This Framework utilized components from existing resources to develop access points for literacy coaches' professional learning. Access points included choice in coaching cycles, collaborative learning communities among coaches, and differentiated learning opportunities for literacy coaches to build their repertoire of literacy content knowledge and coaching skills. Theoretical contributions of adult learning and the sociocultural learning perspective within the Framework ensured literacy coaches' choice, ownership, and embedded learning opportunities. Suggested use for this dissertation in practice is to inform professional learning practices for in-service and pre-service elementary literacy coaches to ensure continued growth in coaching skills and literacy knowledge.
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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)
College of Education and Human Performance
Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
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Doctoral Dissertation (Open Access)
Forsythe, Lenora, "A Framework for Transforming Elementary Literacy Coaches' Professional Learning" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 5040.