IRA Standards for Reading Specialist/Literacy Coach (2010)
Standard 1:Foundational Knowledge
Candidates understand the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of reading and writing processes and instruction.
1.1 Understand major theories and empirical research that describe the cognitive, linguistic, motivation and sociocultural foundations of reading and writing development, processes, and components, including word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
1.2 Understand the historically shared knowledge of the profession and changes over time in the perceptions of reading and writing development, processes, and components.
1.3 Understand the role of professional judgment and practical knowledge for improving all students’ reading development and achievement.
Standard 2: Curriculum and Instruction:
Candidates use instructional approaches, materials, and an integrated, comprehensive, balanced curriculum to support student learning in reading and writing.
2.1: Use foundational knowledge to design or implement an integrated, comprehensive, and balanced curriculum.
2.2: Use appropriate and varied instructional approaches, including those that develop word recognition, language comprehension, strategic knowledge, and reading-writing connections.
2.3: Use a wide range of texts (e.g., narrative, expository, and poetry) from traditional print, digital, and online resources.
Standard 3:Assessment and Evaluation
Candidates use a variety of assessment tools and practices to plan and evaluate effective reading and writing instruction.
3.1: Understand types of assessments and their purposes, strengths, and limitations.
3.2: Select, develop, administer, and interpret assessments, both traditional print and electronic, for specific purposes.
3.3: Use assessment information to plan and evaluate instruction.
3.4: Communicate assessment results and implications to a variety of audiences.
Standard 4: Diversity
Candidates create and engage their students in literacy practices that develop awareness, understanding, respect, and a valuing of differences in our society.
4.1: Recognize, understand, and value the forms of diversity that exist in society and their importance in learning to read and write.
4.2: Use a literacy curriculum and engage in instructional practices that positively impact students’ knowledge, beliefs, and engagement with the features of diversity.
4.3: Develop and implement strategies to advocate for equity.
Standard 5:Literate Environment
Candidates create a literate environment that fosters reading and writing, instructional practices, approaches, and methods, curriculum materials, and the appropriate use of assessments.
5.1: Design the physical environment to optimize students’ use of traditional print, digital, and online resources in reading and writing instruction.
5.2: Design a social environment that is low-risk, includes choice, motivation, and scaffolded support to optimize students’ opportunities for learning to read and write.
5.3: Use routines to support reading and writing instruction (e.g., time allocation, transitions from one activity to another; discussions, and peer feedback)
5.4: Use a variety of classroom configurations (i.e., whole class, small group, and individual) to differentiate instruction.
Standard 6:Professional Learning and Leadership
Candidates recognize the importance of, demonstrate, and facilitate professional learning and leadership as a career-long effort and responsibility.
6.1: Demonstrate foundational knowledge of adult learning theories and related research about organizational change, professional development, and school culture.
6.2: Display positive dispositions related to their own reading and writing, and pursue the development of individual professional knowledge and behaviors.
6.3: Participate in, design, facilitate, lead, and evaluate effective and differentiated professional development programs.
6.4: Understand and influence local, state, or national policy decisions.