Job Title:  Early Childhood Literacy Coach

Job Description: A literacy coach builds the capacity of Tier 1 (core) classroom teachers to close the literacy achievement gap by supporting teachers’ capacity to implement best practice instruction, increasing student engagement and improving student academic achievement. 

This support will take place in a variety of ways:
1. Job Embedded Coaching and Professional Development
           Effective literacy coaches spend 80% of their time working directly with teachers to enhance teacher practice and improve student learning through coaching on evidence-based practices. They make effective use of their time by using a multi-faceted approach to coaching to carefully determine what types of coaching can be done effectively with large groups, small groups and individual teachers.  
2. Instructional Literacy Leadership
            Effective literacy coaches are integral members of literacy leadership teams at the school and/or district level. Literacy coaches serve as literacy leaders within their schools by working with administrators and other teachers to establish a school-wide literacy vision, aligning instruction to state academic standards, analyzing data and helping teachers use the data to make decisions and developing assessments.
3. Collaboration
           The instructional coach teams with administrators, other coaches, the Family Literacy Specialist, and classroom teachers in a collaborative, reflective relationship to enhance instructional capacity and maximize student learning. On occasion, other teachers or specialists (like interventionists) may be included in professional learning teams, but the coach’s primary role is to support classroom teachers delivering core instruction using evidence-based practices. Coaching provides seamless teacher support from the learning of new content and practices through the implementation process.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Use a variety of strategies to establish rapport and trust with coaches
  • Provide comprehensive literacy coaching in evidence-based practices through action planning, co-planning, observing, modeling, and co-teaching that is differentiated to meet professional learning needs and non-evaluative 
  • Apply principles of adult learning theory when working teachers
  • Provide grade level/team level professional development on evidence-based practices
  • Reflect on coaching practices and engage in continuous improvement to meet the diverse needs of teachers
  • Serve as a literacy leader on leadership team and school committees that focus on literacy and student achievement 
  • Advocate for equity by collaborating with all stakeholders to identify the instructional practices that will help teachers meet the needs of all learners, especially underserved students
  • Fulfill all MDE CLSD requirements

Licensing information of note:
It is highly recommended that literacy coaches have a Reading Endorsement on their current licensure. Educators with a Reading Endorsement have:

  • Earned a BA in Education
  • A current Minnesota classroom teaching licensure
  • Completed a reading licensure program
  • Passed the Minnesota Test Licensure Examinations (MTLE)

Educators who are ready for a literacy coaching role: 

  • Have knowledge of the foundations of reading processes and instruction (even if they are going to be working with secondary teachers)
  • Are able to use a wide range of instructional practices, approaches, methods, and curriculum materials to support literacy instruction
  • Can use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective literacy instruction
  • Know how to create a literate environment that fosters independent reading and writing:
  • View professional development as a essential effort to increasing capacity and meeting the needs of learners
  • Can apply knowledge and experience in working with adult learners
  • Has a track record of working with classroom and content area teachers in core instruction
  • Demonstrate understanding of Minnesota’s K-12 Academic Standards in English Language Arts, as well as B-5 Early Childhood Indicators of Progress
  • Proven practices of modeling and assisting teachers with evidence-based literacy practices and aligning curriculum to academic standards
  • Can analyze student literacy data to identify student needs and system root causes to design appropriate staff development

Application Procedure:  Apply online at:

Application Deadline:  Open until filled