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LLCN Brief

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Literacy leaders and coaches know that routinely developing knowledge and skills models for students that learning is important. Join hosts Mark Raffler (Literacy Consultant) and Sarah Shoemaker (Early Literacy Coach) for five exclusive interviews each school year with local and national literacy ex… read more


A Conversation with Erin Brown and Susan L'Allier - the authors of No More Random Acts of Literacy Coaching

In this episode, we (Mark Raffler and Sarah Shoemaker) chat with Erin Brown & Dr. Susan L’Allier about their new book:  No More Random Acts of Literacy Coaching. Here is a quick unpacking of the conversation: Mark & Sarah give a brief introduction of the GELN and MAISA collaborative that has gifted us the Essential Coaching Practices for Elementary Literacy and Coaching Modules and is the basis for the statewide literacy coaching grant.

The conversation moves into hearing from the authors about their new book -
No More Random Acts of Literacy Coaching (Not This But That Series published by Heinemann).

Sarah introduces our guests for this podcast:  
-Erin Brown:  Erin Brown  is the Early Literacy Professional Learning Grant Project Coordinator for the MAISA and ELA consultant at Muskegon ISD.  Her current role includes facilitating a professional learning network of literacy coaches across Michigan. 

-Dr. Susan L’Allier:  Susan K. L’Allier received her doctoral degree in Reading, Language, and Learning Disabilities from Harvard University and is an Associate Professor Emeritus at Northern Illinois University. Dr. L’Allier has engaged in research to examine the relationship between literacy coaching and student achievement. Since 2016, she has worked with Michigan educators in the development of a state-wide system of literacy coaching.

Erin Brown and Susan L’Allier give a brief overview of their new book - walking us through the content as well as structure of the text.  They talk about how to get started with coaching, a few key considerations to keep in mind, and how to focus coaching to have the greatest impact on student achievement.  Dr. L’Allier provides some insight into remote coaching during this time, and Erin Brown reminds us of what the heart of coaching is all about.

We wrap up this episode by reminding listeners that your voice matters!  Please visit to tell us what you want to future podcasts to focus on in relation to literacy.

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Please note the audio used as an introduction and in transitions in this podcast is under the Creative Common License and attribution is given as follows:
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