Every student should know how to read, write, speak, listen and use language effectively. To promote the improvement of English language arts and literacy instruction, the Idaho State Department of Education is dedicated to providing high quality professional development, instructional strategies, and resources for Idaho educators to accomplish those goals.

The State Department of Education has put in place, in each region, teachers who work as full-time Idaho Coaching Network ELA/Literacy focused on supporting educators in improving instructional practices and developing deeper understanding of Idaho’s English Language Arts/Literacy Content Standards. The network is predicated on honoring teachers as professionals and leaders and the time it takes to drive lasting change. This year-long job embedded work results in the development of local teacher leaders who support local professional learning needs and better outcomes for students.



The State Department of Education has full-time regional coaches focused on supporting educators in improving instructional practices and developing deeper understanding of Idaho’s English Language Arts/Literacy Content Standards. The Idaho Coaching Network supports the Superintendent’s objectives by building relationships with and among teachers to raise collective efficacy, increasing teacher expertise and effectiveness, and building leadership skills so that all Idaho teachers and students achieve excellence in the classroom and life.

Purpose: This opportunity will improve student performance through ongoing professional development for teachers, instructional coaches, curriculum teams, administrators, and support staff. This network provides a cohesive, strategic, and sustainable method for implementing deep learning of the Idaho Content Standards for English Language Arts (ELA)/Literacy, cultivates local leadership, and facilitates implementation of both the Key Shifts and the research-based instructional strategies best aligned with the Standards.

What does this mean for Idaho’s Education System? Each region’s Idaho Coaching Network Coaches provide intensive professional development and responsive coaching in your area and operate from a place of expertise in the Idaho Content Standards for ELA/Literacy, extensive experience in classroom teaching, deep knowledge of research-based instructional strategies, and a thorough understanding of adult learning. Each regional Coach works to develop Teacher Leaders in your district who deeply understand and teach the Idaho Content Standards for ELA/Literacy, and who mentor and facilitate the learning of their peers in your region. This substantive, job-embedded professional development model is research-based and leverages local, regional, and state resources in efficient, effective, and compounded ways.

Objectives

  • Provide strategic, systematic, and sustainable professional development of local educators and administrators in the Idaho Content Standards for ELA/Literacy and the EQuIP Rubric;
  • Build capacity of local educators to implement Idaho Content Standards for ELA/ Literacy through the development of aligned lessons, units, and assessments, as well as the inclusion of research-based instructional strategies;
  • Build consistency in the understanding of Idaho Content Standards for ELA/ Literacy & the implementation of such knowledge across Idaho’s regions, districts, schools, and classes;
  • Provide equitable learning opportunities for all students.

Levels of Support

Level 1: Limited Support Level 2: Intermittent Support Level 3: Sustained Support
This support might inlcude:
  • Introduction to services provided and assistance in choosing the appropriate level of support
  • Workshops on a specific topic
  • Full day educational conference
Estimated committment: 1-15 hours
This support might inlcude:
  • Introduction to services provided and assistance in choosing the appropriate level of support
  • Workshops and follow-up support
  • A Mini-Workshop series
  • Teacher leadership support
  • Transformational Coaching
  • Action Research
Estimated committment: 15-60 hours
This support might inlcude:
  • Focused and ongoing workshops
  • Workshops on a specific topic
  • Transformational Coaching
  • Lesson & Unit planning to support student learning
  • Action Research
Estimated committment: 60+ hours

The Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Course (ICLC) is offered through University providers at a variety of venues throughout Idaho. The Idaho Comprehensive Literacy requirement can be fulfilled by completing and passing an in-person or online course, or by passing the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Exam. All options have incorporated the Idaho Comprehensive Literacy Standards.

The University providers of the ICLC course and/or exam with registration and contact information are linked below:


HIGHLIGHTS

Idaho Coaching Network webpage link

Network Website

Idaho Coaching Network webpage link

Network Website

Comprehensive Literacy Plan document link

PDF Document




Resource Files

General Files
ICN Resources
  • Document-based Inquiry
  • Exemplar Instructional Units
  • K-3 Library
  • Performance Tasks
  • Professional Development Toolkits
  • Text Complexity
Parent Resources

Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions