Kent Intermediate School District Literacy Coaches Network
Kent Intermediate School District's Literacy Coaches Network- Beginning Cohort. The Literacy Coached Network(LCN) is described as:
The Literacy Coaches Network is a group of Pre-K-12 educators whom we refer to as literacy coaches and/or literacy leaders, who meet regularly to learn and share best practices around literacy. This group includes: classroom teachers, department chairs, reading teachers, Title 1 teachers, pre-school teachers, coaches (full and part time), literacy leaders in all content areas, English language learner teachers, special education teachers, and anyone interested in networking with others to share and learn.Because literacy is one of my main focuses, my membership in this group can best be described with one word: empowering. I wrote a blog post "Let the Learning Begin!" about my experience with the LCN that can be accessed here. This group provides a connection to the latest developments in best and promising practices in literacy learning and has become part of my Personal Learning Network (PLN). It has also been an information resource for upcoming professional development opportunities.
Kent ISD is providing Cognitive Coaching Foundations I & II training that begins in June 2011. I am registered for both the summer (I) and fall sessions (II) and feel this will be an excellent opportunity to refine my ability and experience as a learning coach. It will also provide a certification in Cognitive Coaching to enhance my repertoire.
Additional LCN Resources
Kent ISD Literacy Resources page
Literacy Coaches Toolkit (newest version)
Literacy Professional Development
Social networking is an important resource for staying on top of current political, social, legal, economic and cultural events, and in understanding the contexts in which they occur. My Professional Learning Network-- Twitter PLN has been an extremely valuable tool for staying connected and current on issues in education at the federal, state and local levels. This PLN consists of several area district superintendents, including Nick Ceglarek and David Britton, other nationally recognized leaders in education such as Alfie Kohn and Diane Ravitch, news organizations and principals and teachers from around the globe. These individuals are well informed about current legislative and educational policy issues and Twitter provides immediate and excellent links to articles and websites through the daily Twitter feed. In addition, there are organized "chat" events", one can follow, which lets you view what other's are tweeting even if you don't follow them. Here is an example:
|Sample of #edchat feed from April 20, 2011|
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