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February 2017: Reflections on Coaching

“Savvy literacy coaches reflect on the changes they wish to influence and their role in school change. They support teachers through the coaching conversation to identify significant problems or interests about which teachers learn deeply, reflect, and then try new practices to make a difference.”
—Cathy A. Toll, The Literacy Coach’s Survival Guide

This issue of ELQ will make visible the demanding and diverse work of literacy coaches. How do coaches connect and collaborate with instructors, administrators, readers, and writers to effect school-wide change? What are some of the greatest challenges of the coaching role? How do literacy coaches manage multiple projects? What strategies are most successful in maintaining and developing strong relationships amongst staff? How has the coach’s role and/or job description evolved?
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>>> Deadline: November 15, 2016.

April 2017:Failing Forward

“Having the freedom to fail is important to innovation. But even more important to the process are the traits of resiliency and grit... These two characteristics need to be continuously developed as we look for new and better ways to serve our students.”
—George Couros, The Innovator’s Mindset. 

This issue of ELQ will address the role of failure in creating more innovative learning communities and learning experiences. How do ELA teachers help readers and writers to develop resiliency? What role does failure play in such practices as curriculum writing, lesson planning, reading, and writing instruction? How have such failures or setbacks informed present and future practices?
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>>> Deadline: January 15, 2017

August 2017: Leveraging Librarians

“Today's school librarian works with both students and teachers to facilitate access to information in a wide variety of formats, instruct students and teachers how to acquire, evaluate and use information and the technology needed in this process, and introduces children and young adults to literature and other resources to broaden their horizons. As a collaborator, change agent, and leader, the school librarian develops, promotes and implements a program that will help prepare students to be effective users of ideas and information, a lifelong skill.” —American Association of School Librarians

This issue of ELQ is dedicated to discussing the innovative work that literacy educators do with their school librarians and community librarians. How are ELA educators leveraging the expertise of their school librarians to improve learning experiences for their students? How are library media specialists collaborating with teachers and administrators to build a community of readers, writers and researchers? How is the role of the librarian changing in the face of the CCSS and standardized testing? How are librarians ensuring that their roles and the spaces they steward in schools are of high value to all learners?

>>> Deadline: April 15, 2017

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