Applications open for Literacy Coach Academy of Mississippi cohort 2

The application window for cohort 2 of the Literacy Coach Academy of Mississippi (LCAM) will close at 5 p.m. Friday, March 1. Applications received after the deadline will not be considered for review.

The LCAM is a learning pathway offered by the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), Division of Literacy, for fundamental training and certification in literacy coaching. The purpose of the program is to prepare K-5 school- and district-based literacy coaches to support teachers, paraprofessionals, and administrators in the implementation of literacy best practices grounded in the Science of Reading.

Upon participant selection and acceptance to this exclusive academy, K-5 literacy coaches will receive guidance and support to refine and enhance their coaching craft.

Participants will:

  • Gain intensive training in the aspects of a successful literacy coaching model
  • Receive knowledge building grounded in the Science of Reading (SoR)
  • Increase capacity in the Structured Literacy approach to support teachers in lesson delivery grounded in the Science of Reading
  • Observe and model content to better transfer to their coaching practices
  • Join a cohort of school- and district-based literacy coaches that will serve as a professional learning community
  • Receive actionable feedback and guidance during on-site visits and virtual classes
  • Earn continuing education credits (CEUs, SEMIs, or OSLs) required for Mississippi Educator License recertification

Participants who complete the requirements of the academy will receive an MDE Certificate for Literacy Coaching. As the program is currently not for licensure endorsements, the certification will provide participants in-depth training in literacy content and the fundamentals of literacy coaching, opportunities for application of learned content, and school districts with proof of literacy coach training.

A district commitment is required in the application for entry into the academy. Additional information can be found here.

District Commitment Form

Academy Application

Additional Information

For questions regarding the academy or the academy application process, please contact Dr. Jennifer West at