Coaching in Communities

Coaching in Communities Pursuing Justice, Teacher Learning, and Transformation

Melissa Mosley Wetzel, Erica Holyoke, Kerry H. Alexander, Heather Dunham, and Claire Collins
paper, 248 Pages
Pub. Date: May 2023
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-819-7
Price: $37.00

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A revolutionary framework for preservice teacher learning centered on justice-focused coaching that encourages culturally responsive practice and disrupts systems of oppression.

In Coaching in Communities, researcher Melissa Mosley Wetzel, along with her coauthors, distills the lessons of an eight-year study into a transformative educator training model, Coaching with CARE (an acronym for critical and content-focused, appreciative, reflective, and experiential). She demonstrates how effective, contextual teacher training can be a cornerstone of educational justice, which occurs when all learners are supported to be successful in school and when schools expand notions of success to include diverse ways of life and learning.


This is a wonderfully accessible book filled with practical advice for educators and educational coaches. The ‘Coaching with CARE’ approach provides readers with the tools to disrupt traditional roles of experts and novices and center issues of justice while connecting with the community. With a focus on empathy and inquiry, readers will develop critical competencies to fruitfully engage in coaching relationships. — Elizabeth Soslau, professor of education, University of Delaware, and author of The Comprehensive Guide to Working with Student Teachers

In this groundbreaking book, the authors offer a powerful new approach to coaching teachers that is collaborative, inquiry-driven, and rooted in social justice. Drawing on the strengths of teachers and centering hope and possibility, they advocate for teacher agency in working toward transformative pedagogies that meet the needs of all students. This book is essential reading for anyone seeking to create more equitable and inclusive learning environments. — Detra Price-Dennis, professor of teaching and learning and director of digital education and innovation in teaching and learning, The Ohio State University

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About the Author

Melissa Mosley Wetzel is professor and department chair of language and literacy studies in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin. Erica Holyoke is an assistant professor of responsive literacy education in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. Kerry H. Alexander, Heather Dunham, and Claire Collins are doctoral candidates in language and literacy studies in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Austin.  

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