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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! 


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Thinking and resources that support teachers, instructional coaches and administrators

Self-Talk. It’s Time.

It's official. I wasn't quite ready. To be honest, I'd probably never have been ready to leave public education if someone hadn't given me a kick in the rear. Bittersweet. I've been teaching and coaching in some way or another since 1980. It's all I've ever wanted to...

Infographics: Developing Kids’ Visual Fluency

Educators should read and take heed from the world outside education. Sites like Fast Company, Wired, Black Enterprise and Inc. publish articles that have information valuable to the field of education. This weekend on Twitter, DCP Web Designers tweeted out an image...

Six Tips for Teachers on Eliminating Negativity Bias

My dad was not one for giving unsolicited advice while I was still living at home. That changed however, when I left to start my first year of teaching. “Stay out of the teacher’s lounge.” Of all the counsel he could’ve given me, I thought his advice a bit odd. I...

We Need Multilevel Texts So Everybody Reads

I have this dream. With the advancement of technology, it won’t be long before my dream is realized. A teacher can scan a text and in a matter of seconds there are multiple text complexity levels that match every reader in his or her classroom. There is no such app as...

Growing Numbers of Immigrant Students–Are We Ready?

According to an NEA Policy Brief, nearly 25 percent of students in public schools will be English Language Learners by the year 2025. That’s a lot of kids who will need our support. Are we ready?     Academic support It’s common practice for English-learners in the...

Teaching Up: Taking Nonfiction to a Deeper Level

If we want students to fully comprehend nonfiction text, we must provide powerful instruction in the types of text structures authors typically use. In the past I gave a gentle nod to the text structure unit, but lately I’m rethinking my mild indifference.  ...

Lackluster Book Club Discussions? Fix it with Feedback

Ever visit a class or see a peer teach and have a little déjà vu moment? It happens to me a lot as an instructional coach on the PreK-6 campus where I work. It happened last week in a fifth grade classroom during their literature circles. The teacher, Mr. Duke,...

Can We Please Just Stop?

A lot has already been written by people far more accomplished and well-known than me, but it’s come up  recently in my world and I want to talk about it. First off, this is not intended to be an offense to teachers. I want to be absolutely clear on the fact that our...

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