ELA/Literacy Educator Coaching

CPS Literacy Coaching:
Coaching allows the complex, challenging work of teaching to be more sustainable and effective. Coaches are instructional leaders who partner with educators to reflect, grow, and refine instructional practices to meet student learning goals. In addition, coaches are ongoing learners who partner with and increase educator capacity through facilitation of and participation in professional learning, data analysis, leadership teams and prioritized coaching cycles. Coaching is most effective when it is valued and understood by educators and administrators and aligned with and supported by school and district administration. Job-embedded coaching is a key lever to improve teaching and learning.

Coaching Expectations:
The descriptors below are the priority expectations for all building-based Literacy Coaches. They describe the breadth and priorities of the role, but do not account for all responsibilities.

  • Vision: Create and communicate a personal vision for coaching at your school that is grounded in school and district priorities.
  • Data-Driven Leadership: Utilize and monitor data and assessment systems. Use data to guide priorities and to measure progress towards goals. Understand, analyze, and share school and classroom literacy data with stakeholders. Build educator capacity to analyze and use data.
  • Instructional Leadership: Possess strong knowledge of content, pedagogy, culturally responsive practices and adult learning theories. Stay current with the research and practices; incorporate into work.
  • Structures: Establish and communicate a data-informed coaching schedule that aligns to vision, measurable goals, and specific needs of students and educators.
  • Prioritized Coaching and Documentation: Provide individual and/or team coaching that is data-driven and focused on student outcomes. Document coaching cycles and other work.
  • Co/Lead Professional Learning: Team meetings, faculty meetings, data meetings and professional development opportunities.

Coach Capacities:
These are the values and dispositions that enable us to coach effectively.

  • Continuous Feedback and Learning: Gathers direct feedback from educators about the coaching experience. Reflects on own learning and development and has a strong commitment to continuous learning to grow and deepen knowledge and skills related to literacy and coaching.
  • Identifying and Shifting Limiting Beliefs: Recognizes when educators are harboring biased beliefs and helps educators unpack biased beliefs across the course of a coaching relationship. Coach continues to engage in ongoing race and equity learning and reflection.
  • Relationships: Builds trust with educators, administrators, students, and families.
  • Curiosity: Uses active listening throughout coaching conversations and is genuinely curious about the thoughts, actions, and beliefs of students and educators.
  • Strength-Based Coaching: Recognizes educators’ strengths and cultivates educators’ awareness of strengths. Believes learning in the relationship is reciprocal.
  • Unwavering Belief in Students: Communicates and acts with a deep belief in the capacity of all students.
School Name Title 
Amigos Ana Sanchez Biliteracy Coach
Amigos Caroline Butler-Rahman
Dual Language Instructional Coach
Baldwin Summer Thompson Literacy Coach
Cambridge Street Upper School Roxy Archibald Literacy Coach
Cambridgeport Abigail Frost Literacy Coach
Fletcher Maynard Academy Patricia Duggan Instructional Coach
Graham & Parks Erin Garcia Literacy Coach
Haggerty Suzanne Russell Literacy Coach
Kennedy-Longfellow Nathalie Ais Literacy Coach
King Open Jaenine Cortazar Literacy Coach
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Kelly Petitt
Literacy Coach
Morse Natalie Dean Literacy Coach
Peabody Traci Vecchiarello Instructional Literacy Coach
Putnam Avenue Upper School Alison Swigut
Literacy Coach
Rindge Avenue Upper School Emma Weinreich Literacy Coach
Tobin Montessori Heather Kolbe Literacy Coach
Vassal Lane Upper School Sarah Foleno Literacy Coach

Related Links
ELA/Literacy Educator Coaching
ELA Content by Grade
ELA Curriculum Site (For Staff)
CPS Literacy Curriculum Review [Process Overview]
i-Ready Personalized Learning [Overview]
Fishtank Learning
Literacy Intervention
Academic Resources
Literacy Testing / Assessment
CKLA Curriculum [Information Session]

Contact Us

135 Berkshire Street 
Cambridge, MA 02141
Fax: 617.349.6517

Emily Bryan, English Language Arts/Literacy Department Director
Allice Wong TuckerDistrict Instructional Lead Teacher, Literacy, Grades PK-2
Maria MarroquinDistrict Instructional Lead: ELA/Math, Grades PK-2

Katherine Simpson, District Instructional Lead: Literacy, Grades 3 - 5
Katie GribbenDistrict Instructional Lead: Literacy, Grades 6-8+ Transitions
Kelley Leary, ELA & Math Clerk
Jennifer Hamilton
, Dean of Curriculum & Program, English (Learning Community C) CRLS

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