The key components of the Literacy Collaborative model include: on-site professional development, leading to the creation of a school leadership team; and a research-based, instructional model that aligns with the Common Core Standards in English Language Arts, and meets the requirements of Response to Intervention (RTI).
Professional Development Model | Instructional Model
Start Up of Implementation
In general, Literacy Collaborative partnerships require a five-year commitment from each school or district and literacy coach. Program implementation takes place in stages.
Year 1: Training the literacy coach, building a leadership team
LC implementation begins with literacy coach training and the development of a literacy leadership team comprised of administrators, classroom teachers, the literacy coach, and other stakeholders involved in reading and writing instruction.
The literacy leadership team is responsible for guiding the implementation of Literacy Collaborative at their school. These responsibilities include: communicating the goals and outcomes of Literacy Collaborative with the home and school community; engaging the school community in discussion about literacy teaching and learning; and developing an evaluation plan for measuring student progress and monitoring program effectiveness through data collection and analysis. Literacy Coach training involves face to face as well as online learning at a participating university site. The rigors of the training prepare the coach to work effectively with children as well as adults in the school.
Years 2–4: Classroom implementation, professional development, and coaching
Classroom implementation begins during the second year when the literacy coach begins providing 40+-hours of job-embedded professional development for teachers in the school.
Through regular meetings and assignments, teachers learn about the language and literacy teaching framework, the rationales & theory behind it, and how to implement and refine their practices. They also begin to monitor student progress through individual student assessments, data collection, and analysis. The literacy coach provides individual coaching for participating teachers as they learn to implement the framework across the training year.
The next two years are dedicated to training additional classroom teachers and implementing Literacy Collaborative in every classroom throughout the school. Work continues with the leadership team, district personnel and parents to support increased learning and to build a vibrant community of enthusiastic readers and writers.
Year 5: Ongoing professional development, program evaluation
By year five, Literacy Collaborative should be fully implemented. Every teacher responsisble for literacy instruction in the school has participated in the professional development sessions which includes ongoing coaching. There is a strong sense of professional teamwork that has been created and communication among colleagues has been enhanced.
In subsequent years, teachers continue to collect and analyze student data and receive ongoing coaching and professional development to refine, and strengthen their practice.