Griffith Helping Teachers Become Literacy Leaders
By Shelley Hulme for TCU This Week
Chances are you’ve heard the term “train the trainer”—a type of education model that allows the participants to learn a subject and simultaneously learn how to teach it to others.
Dr. Robin Griffith has taken the same approach to literacy and is working with teachers in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District to further their professional development.
In 2015, Griffith created a Guided Reading and Instructional Practice program in which she observed a small group of literacy specialists in their work environment at EMS ISD and provided instructional coaching to help them teach their students to improve their reading, language and writing skills. The following year, she worked with another 30 classroom teachers as the district realized the need for this type of professional development, and provided on-site support for six of its 13 schools. Rather than continuing to facilitate the program independently, Griffith created a program to educate elementary teachers on how to coach each other to become literacy leaders. She calls the program Building Capacity with Job-Embedded Professional Development: Teacher as Decision-Maker and Leader.
“I quickly realized that the potential for this program was greater than what I could individually provide,” said Griffith. “To successfully raise the level of literacy achievement for all students, a program to create a team of leaders was needed.”