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Collaborative Coach for Teachers, Instructional Coaches and Administrators



So glad you’re here! My name is Valinda and I partner with teachers, coaches and administrators to identify challenges in classrooms and on campuses to simplify instructional planning, target student needs, and customize instruction that can grow readers, writers and thinkers for the 21st century.

Being a thoughtful, proficient teacher, coach or administrator doesn’t just come down to knowing the science of instruction. You also need to be skilled in the art of quality instruction. That’s where I come in!

I started in education in 1980. I went from struggling classroom teacher, overburdened by the diverse needs of all my students, to reading specialist on an elementary Title I school, to K-8 ELA consultant at a regional teacher-training center. And now for almost a decade, I’ve worked at central administration as a district ELA facilitator and more recently I asked to return to a PreK through 6 Title I campus as an instructional coach. Trust me when I say that I’ve learned a lot and become a pro at collaborating with teachers, other coaches and administrators. I’m still learning every day and I want to innovate with you to grow independent, thoughtful readers and writers!

It began with understanding that working alone couldn’t prepare me for the diverse learning needs of all my students. 

I’ve now collaborated with a whole host of teachers, coaches and administrators to identify areas for growth, design plans for action with strategies and systems to support campus staff in designing and delivering high quality, standards-based instruction. Let’s work together! 


Collaborate. Innovate. Create.

Thinking and resources that support teachers, instructional coaches and administrators

Powerful Educator Tools for Fighting Tyranny of the Urgent: Part I

In my position as an instructional coach, I excel at identifying (and articulating) problems. I’m even pretty good at laying out workable solutions. I really stink at execution. Let me rephrase that. I’ve not been wildly successfully at facilitating widespread...

Letter To A Teacher–First Days of School for a Newcomer

Dear Mrs. Katz, My friend is being kind enough to write this letter to you today. My English is not so good yet, but I must write to say thank you. Thank you for helping my daughter in her first days in your class. She tells me you have been so kind to her and for...

Kids Are People, Too. Creating a Caring Classroom.

I’ll never forget walking my daughter to school on her first day as a kindergarten student. We lived in Austria at the time and the public kindergarten she was to attend was only a few blocks from our home. I felt especially anxious because Paige didn’t speak German...

How I Spent My Summer Break: The Teacher Version

Teachers spend their summers resting, relaxing, playing, traveling. They also spend the summer weeks learning, reading, planning and reflecting. I read. I listened. I read some more. But I got schooled, too. A family with three children asked if I would tutor their...

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