25th Annual Coaching Institute on the Teaching of Reading

Sunday, October 18 - Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Institute will be offered virtually through Zoom.

Grade: K-8
Featuring: Amanda Hartman, Brooke Geller, Shanna Schwartz, Jessica Sauer, Alicia Luick, Jonathan Aldanese, and Heather Burns
Payment: Purchase orders for this institute can be made out to: Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, 525 W 120th Street, Box 77, New York, NY 10027

Every year, the crown jewel of the TCRWP’s offerings is our institute to support coaches in the teaching of reading. We are excited that for our 25th Annual Coaching Institute on the Teaching of Reading, we have reimagined the institute so that it could happen virtually. Expect the same intensity as you receive support in methods of staff development, coaching practice, and giving and receiving on-the-spot feedback.

The past few months have changed the way we view education, and we know the role of a coach has shifted. This particular coaching institute will not only support participants to help teachers use the Units of Study in Reading but also help you think about how coaching can take place under any circumstance, be it in person or virtually. You’ll learn about how to best use and support teachers as they teach the Units of Study. The institute will help you to hone your demonstration teaching. You’ll learn to deliver efficient and engaging minilessons and small group lessons and to research and teach readers in one-on-one conferences. You’ll consider ways to bring all that you and your teachers have learned about digital teaching to the classroom to enhance reading experiences for your students. After the institute, participants will be able to lead professional development using powerful methods of staff development that not only meet the needs of diverse teachers and students, but can shift with changing circumstances.

This institute spotlights the importance of community building—of relationships, identities, and personal motivation—as well as skill development. You’ll learn about the process of guiding students and teachers as they author richly literate lives for themselves, and you’ll see ways in which the social fabric of the classroom and school can be tapped to support skill development in both fiction and nonfiction reading. You’ll watch small group work and see ways in which kids help each other and work together, guided by their teacher, the learning progressions, and the Units of Study.

Participants will include literacy coaches, principals, lead teachers, and literacy leaders from schools across the country and overseas. Those who join us will work in either first year or advanced sections. Advanced sections are based not on skill level, but on prior attendance at a previous coaching institute. The vast majority of participants will attend first year sections.


$800/$700 NYC DOE


This institute will be offered online, in real-time via Zoom, and will not be recorded for later distribution. We will accept attendees until the institute has reached capacity.