The Maine Content Literacy Project (MCLP) developed tools and resources for literacy coaches, principals and literacy teams and evaluated the project’s impact on participating schools.
Read MCLP’s Success Stories
Read the Project Results
Go to Coaching Tools
Go to Tools for Principals and Literacy Teams
Go to Tools to Use Data
- Coaching Question Prompts (pdf) — Includes identifying goals during instruction and providing support.
- Effective Intervention (ppt)
- Planning Template for Literacy Coaches with Gradual Release (word) (pdf) — A list of specific gradual release strategies with space for planning.
- Protocol for Listening and Mirroring Back (pdf) — A protocol to practice.
Principal and Literacy Team Tools
- Creating and Sustaining a Strong Culture of Literacy at Your School (word) (pdf) – Evaluate where your school stands with the Four E’s (Environment, engagement, expectations, and encouragement).
- Engaging Parents (pdf) – Helpful resources and links
- Getting Buy-In (pdf) — Strategies to address your situation.
- Leadership for Sustainability (word) (pdf) – A one-page discussion guide to explore three literacy leadership models.
- Principal Support for Coaching – Link to an article by Cathleen Cronin Kral
- Examining Student Work Protocol (pdf) and Examining Student Work Discussion Template (pdf).
- The Why? Why? Why? Protocol (word) (pdf)
- Making Use of Data (pdf) — A process literacy teams can use to report data to teachers.
MCLP Success Stories
MCLP Success Stories (pdf) — includes case studies of four schools:
- Stratton School (p. 17)
- Miller Elementary School (page 22)
- Caribou High School (p. 30)
- Hancock County Technical Center (p. 38)
MCLP’s Impact on Participating Schools:
- Reading, writing and vocabulary instruction in the majority of areas are clearly observable, and has increased over time.
- Assessment data is routinely collected, examined and used to both measure progress and focus instruction.
- Staff routinely engages in academic talk about instruction and literacy.
- Instructional resources are adequate, readily available, and easily accessible to staff.
- Instructional agreements are in place and in use.
- There is increased awareness of and emphasis on the Common Core Anchor Standards.
- There is an increase in the amount and quality of student work.
- Go to Literacy and Learning Strategies to explore lessons and units using literacy and learning strategies.
- Go to Leadership and Coaching to explore tools to implement content literacy.
- Go to Lessons and Units to explore Common Core Aligned lessons and units, download lesson and unit planners, and see guides to support literacy-rich practices.
- Go to Professional Learning Models to see professional learning designs using content literacy resources and tools.