Rita M. Bean

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"Not all who coach hold the title of coach, but all those who coach to improve literacy learning, in it's broadest sense, are literacy leaders."

- Rita M. Bean

Rita M. Bean, PhD, is professor emerita from the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Instruction and Learning and has over 25 years of experience teaching students preparing to be reading specialists. Wanting to share this knowledge, she co-authored Cultivating Coaching Mindsets to help leaders promote the advancement of literacy instruction. 


Rita M. Bean

Rita M. Bean, PhD, is professor emerita of the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Instruction and Learning. For over twenty-five years, she taught students preparing to be reading specialists and served as director of the Reading Center. Prior to joining the university, she taught at the elementary level and served as reading coordinator (K–12), the role which stimulated her interest in coaching to support teacher professional learning. Bean has focused her research on the role and impact of reading specialists and literacy coaches in schools.

She served as co-director of a large-scale evaluation study of a literacy initiative in Pennsylvania that included coaching as a major approach for professional learning. She has also participated in several national studies that have resulted in position statements about the role of reading specialists and literacy coaches (International Literacy Association). She received her bachelor's degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her master’s and doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Bean received the University of Pittsburgh’s Distinguished Teacher Award and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Service Award for her community and outreach efforts to improve literacy. Bean also served as President for the Reading Hall of Fame from 2015-2017. 


2018 Events

April 14: PA Dyslexia Conference, Monroeville, PA; a 2-hour workshop: Developing Coaching Mindsets

May 21: Rita Bean: Lecture at University of Pittsburgh (class presentation), Pittsburgh, PA 90 minutes: "Becoming a Specialized Literacy Professional"

July 21: International Literacy Association Conference, Austin TX. "Standards for Classroom Teachers"  1:00-2:00 (with Diane Kern)

July 23: International Literacy Association Conference, Austin TX. "What Does Social Capital Have to do with Literacy Coaching?" 10-noon (with Jacy Ippolito) 

October 29: Keystone State Reading Association, State College, PA Introducing the 2017 ILA Standards  (9:30-10:30)

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  1. Cultivating Coaching Mindsets

    An Action Guide for Literacy Leaders

    Rita M. Bean, Jacy Ippolito

    Paperback | 06/30/16

    Provides a detailed framework to help literacy leaders promote the advancement of literacy instruction. Learn More
  2. Unpacking Coaching Mindsets

    Collaboration Between Principals and Coaches

    Jacy Ippolito, Rita M. Bean

    Paperback | 06/15/18


    With notes directly from the authors, concrete recommendations for improvement and self-assessment, and reflection questions for both coaches and principals to get the conversation startedUnpacking Coaching Mindsets: Collaboration Between Coaches and Principals is the most practical reference guide for any literacy leader to pick up and begin using immediately.

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