Literacy Coaching & Site Implementation Support

CORE provides coaching and embedded support to help advance literacy and learning goals.

Why Choose CORE's Literacy Coaching & Site Implementation Support?

Research and CORE’s own experience have shown that just building knowledge through training isn’t enough (Davis et al., 2018, Joyce & Showers, 1982; Matsumura et al., 2013; Powell et al., 2010; Sailors & Price, 2010). Coaching and embedded support are also essential to maximize the impact and effectiveness of professional development and sustaining improvement in literacy. CORE’s Literacy Coaching and Site Implementation Support services provide the bridge from theory to practice within participants’ own schools and classrooms. 


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Participant Outcomes:

Deepen the expertise of school leaders to lead literacy improvement.

Increase proficiency of evidence-based, grade level instruction through theory-to-practice demonstrations, collaborative planning sessions, and individual coaching cycles.

Increase efficacy of all instructional staff to analyze and use data to plan student groupings and interventions and develop a teaming infrastructure to support instructional management.

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The CORE Learning team is here to share information, answer any questions you may have, and partner to meet your educators’ and students’ needs.


At each CORE site visit, the Consultant meets with the principal/leadership team to review planned objectives and the agenda for the visit, and discusses any emergent issues that may need particular attention. During the first visit, the Consultant typically conducts initial walk-through visits to classrooms and introductory meetings with coaches, grade-level teams, and/or individual teachers. The consultant may also review the existing literacy plan or initiate development of one.

The Consultant provides a number of services directly to classroom teachers. With the local coach, they coach classroom teachers based on requests, observation and/or data analysis. The Consultant also conducts collaboratively planned demonstration lessons, using adopted materials or the CORE Teaching Reading Sourcebook “How” Lessons. The Consultant works with coaches and small groups of teachers to plan grade-level grouping and interventions based on analysis of assessment data, provide review and deeper understanding of instructional materials, review and practice instructional routines, resolve implementation issues, and provide coaching on implementing effective instructional techniques. 

CORE can provide support to schools and districts in building a Multi-Tiered System of Supports/Response to Instruction and Intervention model. Based on an analysis of need, the Consultant will work with the leadership team to develop a teaming infrastructure, comprehensive assessment system, and plan for tiers of literacy support.

The Consultant works closely with the building administrator to ensure they understand how the instructional program is designed, what effective implementation of the components of the core curriculum and supplemental intervention programs, and how to use data to improve student achievement. Through regular classroom walk-throughs and facilitated sessions, the CORE Consultant supports the building leadership to have the knowledge, tools, and confidence to lead sustained literacy improvement efforts.

The Consultant mentors the coaches as they model lessons, observe and debrief with teachers, conduct data study sessions, and analyze test data. He or she also assists coaches to facilitate on-site collaborative conversations and develop solutions to implementation challenges.

The Consultant provides assistance in the use of assessment, including, universal screening, diagnostic and progress monitoring instruments. The Consultant works closely with teachers, the principal, curriculum specialists, and coaches to show them how to analyze the data to plan for access and engagement in high-quality grade-level instruction for all students, set up effective student groupings and incorporate specific interventions based on defined needs. 

Since CORE does not publish instructional materials and is not aligned with any one textbook publisher, the Consultant can provide impartial advice in analysis of your program needs and guidance in the selection of tier 1, 2 or 3 curriculum that meet your specific needs. 

When CORE is supporting the implementation of a comprehensive, district-wide literacy approach, selected sites are identified by the district to serve as the venues of observation and practice for district literacy specialists, coaches, and administrators. The consultant will support development of the demonstration sites as well as facilitating schedules and agendas for administrator and coaching observation and practice visits.

Through a combination of on-site, phone and email support, reports, and development of client resources (agendas, planning templates) the Consultant manages the CORE program of services closely with site administrators and teacher leaders, and serves as the liaison to CORE.

Meet Our Literacy Experts

Dr. Carrie Thomas Beck
Carrie Thomas Beck

Director, Literacy – Internal Support | CORE Learning

Carrie comes to CORE after working as the Dyslexia Specialist for the Oregon Department of Education and has been curriculum specialist. She has taught elementary and secondary special education.

Cris Goldy
Cris Goldy

Literacy Content Director – Secondary | CORE Learning

Cris provides services to schools, districts and agencies to support effective program implementation, multi-tiered systems of support, special education and special programs support, strategic improvement plans, instructional leadership, teacher development, training, and coaching.

Dr. Dale Webster
Dale Webster

Interim President | CORE Learning

Dale is responsible for the day-to-day operations, training, and quality control of CORE’s educational consulting and management staff. Dale brings 20 years of experience in teaching, professional development/technical assistance, research, state-level policy work and administration, and curriculum development to schools and districts across the country.

Erica Hidalgo
Erica Hidalgo

Literacy Partnerships Manager | CORE Learning

Erica was a classroom teacher in both Texas and New Mexico before serving as an elementary school principal and curriculum director. Prior to working with CORE, Erica served as a curriculum director.

Fineé E. Taylor

Facilitator Operations Manager | CORE Learning

Dr. Fineé E. Taylor has been an educational consultant for over 15 years and taught a range of elementary grades, served as an instructional coach, worked as an associate reading professor, and served as a Pre-K and Elementary Curriculum Supervisor.

Thomas Acampora

Director, Literacy Projects | CORE Learning

Thomas Acampora has over 15 years of experience working in and with schools to improve outcomes for students. He has led teams of that worked with middle and high schools to improve graduation rates by creating systems of student support, including small learning communities, early warning systems, positive behavior supports and restorative practices.

Kristina Arcuri

Literacy Partnerships Manager | CORE Learning

Kristina is a former superintendent with 24 years of experience in the education sector, focused on driving growth and improving test scores by recruiting and maintaining high-quality staff. She is a decisive leader and analytical problem-solver with a solid track record of success.

Garla L. Jalloh

Interim Sr. Vice President, Literacy | CORE Learning

Garla specializes in secondary literacy and finds great joy and fulfillment in supporting and building capacity in middle and high school educators so that they are equipped to provide equitable learning environments for their students, with a focus on literacy.

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