My name is Tracy Cooper. I am a certified Reading Specialist (K-12), also licensed in English, Social Studies, Psychology and ESL. I currently serve as a secondary instructional coach supporting literacy intervention teachers. I taught at various levels in multiple contents for 20 years. I proposed and co-implemented my district’s current reading intervention program for students in grades 6-9.
The suggestions I make through this blog are my responsibility. I work in a district that chose to support the development of my intervention proposal for students in our middle and high schools. The district has allowed literacy teachers in our secondary schools the autonomy, training, and support to “perfect” the proposed process in order to move adolescent readers toward proficiency. Ideas shared are the result of my education, a significant variety of experiences, and collaboration with other dedicated literacy educators. The practices applied in our classrooms are not being touted as a one-size-fits-all solution. Actually, the goal is to diligently avoid applying a singular solution to all students. My posts are simply intended to support other literacy teachers as they perfect the use of research-based instructional and learning strategies with their own students. The information I choose to share only reflects on how WE, my district colleagues and I, integrated effective practices in ways that are working for many urban students in OUR district. I look forward to learning from everyone who finds the time to read and share.