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Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)




James Beers


The purpose of this study was to understand the effect of literacy coaching as a vehicle for professional development and growth by describing the impact of the Community Coaching Cohort Model on teachers' instructional literacy practices. Using a qualitative case study design, four questions were answered pertaining to participants' feelings and perceptions about the coaching model, how their experience impacted their knowledge and skills about literacy as well as the instruction in their classroom, and the impact their learning had on their students. Four cohorts of teachers in two schools from a large suburban district were used to complete the study. Data were collected at the end of the coaching cycle through the use of panel interviews, individual interviews, a questionnaire, and the collection of artifacts. The analysis of these data found that most participants felt positively about working in a coaching cohort because their learning was applicable and useful, the experience was personalized to their needs, and the model fostered collaboration among their colleagues. Participants also reported numerous ways their knowledge about literacy was expanded and discussed many examples of how their classroom instruction was impacted. These teachers also discussed evidence of student learning in specific aspects of literacy. The results of this study indicate that the Community Coaching Cohort Model was an effective form of professional development for these participants because it was a clearly defined model that was delivered by highly-qualified coaches with a neutral, supportive stance toward teachers.



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