Chat: How Alabama Coaches Up Early-Grades Reading Instruction

Two educators who are part of the oft-praised Alabama Reading Initiative will take readers' questions on how to observe and coach teachers on research-based reading instruction.

How Alabama Coaches Up Early-Grades Reading Instruction

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

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How Alabama Coaches Up Early-Grades Reading Instruction

Tuesday, May 26, 2015, 2 to 3 p.m. ET

According to testing data, Alabama’s 4th graders’ reading skills are now at the national average, a stunning improvement in early literacy that officials attribute to the state’s teacher-coaching initiative. For 17 years, experienced educators have worked with reading teachers to improve their instruction, offering detailed input on integrating writing, making read-alouds more effective, and using progress-monitoring data to plan lessons.

Two of the state’s coaches will take questions on the Alabama Reading Initiative, its evolution, its next steps—and what educators can learn from it.

Guests:
Tim Cobb, Alabama Reading Initiative regional coach (@AlabamaDeptofEd)
Christy Mathiews, ARI building coach, Southside Primary, Selma, Ala.

Moderator:
Stephen Sawchuk (@stephen_sawchuk), associate editor, Education Week

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Ala. Reading Intervention Stands Test of Time (May 13, 2015)

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