Degrees and Certifications:
My name is Courtney Adams and I am the Literacy Coach at LTD. I have 11 years of teaching experience in Early Childhood Education. I graduated from Newberry College with a BS in Early Childhood Education and also have a Master's degree in Curriculum & Instruction. I enjoy supporting our teachers and students in literacy!
What is a Literacy Coach?
A literacy coach provides support to teachers to improve student learning through student-centered coaching cycles. Coaches enable teachers to think reflectively about student learning and helps the teacher to implement differentiated instructional practices.
Other responsibilities may include:
* Coach or mentor colleagues
* Model instructional strategies for teachers with students in whole or small groups in the classroom
* Use data to provide materials, activities, and instruction that better meet the needs of students
* Train teachers to use data to differentiate instruction
* Assist with ELA lesson planning
* Facilitate MTSS/RtI
* Provide support to classroom teachers
* Provide in class intervention as well as enrichment for students
* Assist with HMH Into Reading Curriculum/Literacy program
* Support the use of Orton Gillingham (OG), Leveled Literacy Intervention (LLI), and Lexia
* Serve as a peer- working collaboratively to problem solve issues related to specific students struggling with reading
* Provide training/professional development to teachers
* Other duties as assigned by the principal
Read to Succeed (R2S)
Lucy T. Davis Elementary is a Read to Succeed school. We offer a Literacy Coach to assist teachers in professional learning. Our school has its own school-wide Reading Plan which aims to improve reading achievement among our students. Teachers at our school are also required to earn a Literacy Teacher Endorsement. We also have our school's Reading Plan available at the school if you are interested in viewing it.
In 2014, the State of South Carolina passed an all-inclusive literacy mandate, aiming to address state-wide deficits in academic achievement. With a particular focus on third-grade reading proficiency, Act 284 (Read to Succeed) offers a complete framework that includes teacher preparation, student instruction, and early intervention. This law provides students in South Carolina the opportunity to attain the literacy skills necessary for academic and professional accomplishment.
Please visit the South Carolina State Department of Education's website to find out more information about Read to Succeed.