Vol. 2

Happy February, Indiana Coaches!

It's that time of year again: two-hour delays, ISTEP windows, & candy hearts. We are sure there are plenty of frustrating moments peppering your days, but we hope you find moments of inspiration and motivation as well. As you navigate this month, we'd like to offer both our kudos and support. Instructional coaches often fill multiple roles within a school and students across the state benefit from your drive and flexibility. Thank you for all that you do and let us know how your IDOE Literacy Specialists can support you!

Cadre Spotlight: Amy Lorch

Amy is an Instructional Coach for grades K-4 at Brookview Elementary. Amy, along with coach Mercedes Moore, initiated a K-6 reading assessment that focuses on the guiding and teaching of reading-not just assessing. Together, they trained all K-6 teachers in the district to conduct, analyze, and use results from Running Records.

Amy is also leading PD for those “next steps” in reading development. Her work has inspired teachers to increase the number of read alouds through a Read-Aloud Challenge. She also challenges colleagues to teach more explicitly in mini-lessons and guided reading groups. Amy said, “It is not perfect, but we are slowly getting there!”

Nominate an awesome coach here.

Connect on Twitter!

It's been reported that 4.2 million educators use Twitter for professional conversations. As coaches, there is so much we can learn from each other. We invite you to connect with us and each other!

1. Tweet an introduction of yourself using the #INspirEDlit

2. Follow the hashtag and connect with other coaches!

Read Across America Day!

Friday, March 2 is Read Across America Day. How will your school corporation be celebrating? Share your ideas with us on Flipgrid!

To be a part of the conversation, follow these steps.

  1. https://flipgrid.com/cf2ed5.
  2. Click the green circle to make your voice heard!
  3. Tell us your name, school corporation, and favorite read aloud.
  4. Connect and respond to other literacy coaches on flipgrid.

Celebrate Black history month with The African American Read-In!

“The African American Read-In (AARI) . . . is built on an ambitious yet confident premise: that a school and community reading event can be an effective way to promote diversity in children’s literature, encourage young people to read, and shine a spotlight on African American authors.”

NCTE Council Chronicle, November 2014

Save the Date!

Follow the Indiana Book Festival for updates and to see which authors will be there!


When: June 9, 2018 from 10am-3pm

Where: Minnetrista Cultural Center in Muncie, Indiana

It's not too late! If you haven't signed up to participate in our Coach Cadre meet up, there is still time.

If you've already signed up, there's no need to do it again!

RSVP below!