Presentation Details

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Collaborative Coaching and Learning: Literacy Coaches and Professional Development

Jennifer Miller, Linda Lipkin.

In an interactive presentation that will engage teachers and other education professionals about their own approaches to professional development, we will share our experiences with the Collaborative Coaching and Learning (CCL) model used throughout Boston Public Schools. CCL is an innovative, inquiry-driven approach to professional development that works to foster community building and reflective practice. With the support of a trained literacy coach, CCL provides opportunities for teachers to study and analyze teaching practices together. Using videotaped footage, student work, and personal anecdotes, we will outline a brief history of the use of coaches and the introduction of Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop teaching in Boston, tracing its evolution into the current model of CCL. As we sketch out the components of CCL: teacher-driven inquiry sessions, host classroom demonstration lessons, and observation debriefs, we will engage workshop participants in a condensed version of CCL. And, finally, we will share some of our experiences – both successes and challenges – of working as coaches with the CCL model.


Jennifer Miller  (United States)
Literacy Coach
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Boston Public Schools

Jennifer Miller received her BA from Earlham College, an MA in Literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and an MA in Creative Writing from Boston University. After spending several years as the English Department Head at Massachusetts Communications College, she decided to commit herself to secondary education in the Boston Public Schools. She spent several years teaching high school at an urban public school, and recently began work as a Literacy Coach at two public high schools in Boston, Massachusetts.

Linda Lipkin  (United States)
Literacy Coach
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Boston Public Schools

Linda Lipkin received her B.A. in English from Oberlin College, and her Ed.M in Teaching and Curriculum from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. After teaching high school English for sixteen years in Cambridge, MA, she began working with teachers as a secondary Literacy Coach in the Boston Public Schools.

  • Collaborative Coaching and Learning
  • Teacher Inquiry
  • Professional Development
  • School-Wide Literacy
  • Readers' and Writers' Workshop

(30min Paper Presentation, English)