Carol left a comment on yesterday’s post which left me thinking again about vision and action. I’ve written about this before, because in my experience this is as essential as it is complex. Defining literacy is no easy task, and articulating a vision for supporting the development of it within a district is a tremendous collaborative effort. In the beginning, coaching experiences can help teachers define what they are eager to know and accomplish for kids. Coaches have so much to learn about the needs of students and teachers and administrators. It takes some time to figure out how they can shape their work to better meet all of those needs. I suppose that in an ideal world, these key ingredients are already working together to create the perfect entry point for coaches. In my experience, this sort of discovery and definition has been a important part of the coaching initiative, though. I don’t know that it is something that any coach can expect to have in place from the outset. I’m eager to know what others who have coaching experience think about this.