Helping Teachers Become Literacy Leaders

(This story originally appeared in TCU This Week.)

Chances are you’ve heard the term “train the trainer”—a type of education model that allows the participants to learn a subject and simultaneously learn how to teach it to others.

Robin Griffith, associate professor in TCU’s College of Education, has taken the same approach to literacy and is working with teachers in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District to further their professional development.

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Associate Professor Robin Griffith

In 2015, Griffith created a Guided Reading and Instructional Practice program in which she observed a small group of literacy specialists in their work environment at EMSISD and provided instructional coaching to help them teach their students to improve their reading, language and writing skills. The following year, she worked with another 30 classroom teachers as the district realized the need for this type of professional development, and provided on-site support for six of its 13 schools. Rather than continuing to facilitate the program independently, Griffith created a program to educate elementary teachers on how to coach each other to become literacy leaders. She calls the program Building Capacity with Job-Embedded Professional Development: Teacher as Decision-Maker and Leader.

Read more in TCU This Week.