Our Literacy Coaching Model

The University of Akron’s Center for Literacy provides literacy coaching support as a contracted service to interested school districts throughout northeast Ohio. There are several benefits to literacy coaching in schools. In a literacy coaching model, experts provide classroom teachers and reading support specialists with resources, professional development and guidance to meet the diverse needs of students. 

Literacy coaches provide support in finding or creating instructional materials to target specific areas of concern in a classroom, thereby increasing the time teachers can spend directly engaging with students.  Coaches also provide embedded modeling of lessons and best practices, allowing teachers themselves to observe and learn in the context of their classrooms. Finally, coaches can increase teacher efficiency and effectiveness by helping teachers revise assessment, diagnosis and intervention practices in their daily lessons.

Summit County Literacy Coaching Network

Are you a Teacher Leader, Literacy Coach, or ELA Specialist who is interested in sharing, learning, and reflecting together so that all students experience the highest quality of ELA instruction possible? The Summit County Literacy Coaching Network, an initiative that brings together literacy coaches from Summit County local educational agencies in a professional learning community to discuss and share strategies for effective literacy coaching. Literacy Coaching Network events are held quarterly at Akron-Summit County Public Library, 60 S. High St. Akron, OH 44326

For more information on literacy coaching services available through the Center for Literacy, please contact Dr. Lisa Lenhart at lenhar1@uakron.edu.