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Rita Bean

Rita Bean

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Rita M. Bean, PhD, is professor emerita, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Instruction and Learning. For over twenty-five years, she taught students preparing to be reading specialists and also 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. Dr. 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).

Results of her research have been published in many journals and books. Recent books include Cultivating Coaching Mindsets: An Action Guide for Literacy Leaders (2016), The Reading SpecialistLeadership and Coaching for the Classroom, School, and Community (2015), and a co-edited volume Best Practices of Literacy Leaders: Keys to School Improvement (2011)She received her BS from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and her master’s degree and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. 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. In 2009, she was elected to the Reading Hall of Fame and is cur­rently serving as its president.

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  1. Cultivating Coaching Mindsets

    Rita Bean, Jacy Ippolito

    Paperback | 06/30/16

    $34.95
    Provides a detailed framework to help literacy leaders promote the advancement of literacy instruction. Learn More
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