Episode 5: How Can We Support Disciplinary Literacy Through Coaching?

As more schools adopt a disciplinary literacy (DL) orientation toward teaching and learning, how might instructional coaching bolster and amplify disciplinary literacy work?

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While disciplinary literacy is a relatively new framework for supporting adolescent literacy achievement in the United States, literacy and instructional coaching models have been utilized widely by U.S. schools and districts for decades. As more schools adopt a disciplinary literacy (DL) orientation toward teaching and learning, how might instructional coaching bolster and amplify disciplinary literacy work? In this hour-long webinar, Jacy Ippolito will talk about some of the productive intersections of DL and coaching work, including specific recommendations for school leaders and those who support DL professional learning initiatives.


Reading list

Ippolito, J., Wilder, P., & Condie, C. (2017, June). The key to effective disciplinary literacy instruction: Inquiries, tasks, and texts that matter to students in K-12. [Web log post]. Retrieved from EdCircuit 

Ippolito, J., & Fisher, D. (2019). Instructional leadership in disciplinary literacyEducational Leadership76(6), 50-56.

Ippolito, J., & Bean, R. M. (2019). A principal’s guide to supporting instructional coachingEducational Leadership77(3), 68-73.

Resources in PP

Bean, R. M., & Ippolito, J. (2016). Cultivating coaching mindsets: An action guide for literacy leaders. West Palm Beach, FL: Learning Sciences International.

Breidenstein, A., Fahey, K., Glickman, C. & Hensley, F. (2012). Leading for powerful learning: a guide for instructional leaders. Teachers College Press.

Dobbs, C. L., Ippolito, J., & Charner-Laird, M. (2017). Investigating disciplinary literacy: A framework for collaborative professional learning. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Ippolito, J., Dobbs, C. L., & Charner-Laird, M. (2019). Disciplinary literacy inquiry and instruction. West Palm Beach, FL: Learning Sciences International.

Manderino, M., & Castek, J. (2016). Digital Literacies for Disciplinary Learning: A Call to Action. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy: A Journal from the International Reading Association, 60(1), 79–81. https://doi-org/10.1002/jaal.565

Shanahan, T., & Shanahan, C. (2008). Teaching disciplinary literacy to adolescents: Rethinking content-area literacyHarvard Educational Review,78(1), 40-59.

DL resources:

Resources in Chat

Tennessee Department of Ed has a great DL resource that extends beyond the core disciplines tons of free protocols for working with teams of teachers and leaders

National School Reform also has this
EL protocols

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