Sixty-seven literacy coaches from the Charleston County School District recently received certification from the University of Florida’s Lastinger Center during a celebration to honor the coaches, hand out certifications and offer participants a chance to share what they've learned during the process.
"The professional development that I have received through the University of Florida has been extremely valuable in my work as a literacy coach,” Alicia Tackitt, literacy coach at Stono Park Elementary, said. “The Lastinger coaching model is teacher-driven, which results in improved instructional practices and student learning. This training has given me the tools and strategies to fulfill my role as a literacy coach."
“The Lastinger Coaching certification process emphasizes a continuous investment in our schools, our teachers, and our students,” Katelyn Leveque, literacy coach at Morningside Middle School, said.
Several principals from the district also attended the event to support literacy coaches from their respective schools. The associate superintendent, Terri Nichols, also offered her thanks for the dedication of the coaches.
For more about how to become a literacy coach or about the district's literacy initiatives, contact ELA and Literacy Coordinator Jessica Richards by phone at 843-937-6564 or by email at Jessica_Richards @charleston.k12.sc.us.