About Melanie D. Matthews-Calhoun
Melanie founded Literacy at Work, LLC in 2008 after recognizing a critical need of quality literacy instruction in the classroom. After teaching students and leading educators, Melanie expanded Literacy at Work to include training and development for instructional coaches and educational leaders helping them develop and master the art and craft of coaching.
Melanie is the author of two books, Inside Instructional Coaching and The FORMula: 101 Must-Have Forms for Instructional Coaching, written for instructional coaches and educational leaders to support their everyday work with teachers.
Melanie is a certified educator and Reading Specialist with more than two decades of experience in various areas of education. She is a national trainer, consultant, speaker, and K-12 instructional coach. Melanie taught grades 1, 2, 4, 6 and 7. In addition to being a district literacy coach, math instructional specialist, and early childhood specialist, she was a regional instructional coach serving six cities in the Midwest and an adjunct professor at a university in Michigan. She's currently a district curriculum leader and a national educational consultant.
Ms. Matthews holds a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Marygrove College and a Masters of Education from the University of Michigan (GO BLUE!). In 2008, Melanie pursued and obtained a National Board Certificate which is the most respected and professional certification available in education. Her certificate area is Literacy: Reading and Language Arts, Ages 3-12.
Her experience, coupled with her passion for teaching adult learners around literacy and best coaching practices, is proof that Melanie is undeniably "in it to win it."
Melanie's mantra, "I cultivate the minds that cultivate the minds" is one that she firmly stands by and practices faithfully.
Literacy at Work focuses on improving teaching and learning through coaching so that all students have the best chance at succeeding academically. We've taken practices that we know are effective and paired them with research-based practices and designed coaching, consulting, and training around them.
Our work has helped instructional coaches overcome self-doubt when deciding on appropriate strategies to approach the coaching work, gain greater confidence when executing these strategies, and improve their coaching practice.
Our goal is to help instructional coaches and educational leaders increase student achievement through high quality and engaging learning experiences.
In 2020, Literacy at Work hosted it's very first coaching event, the Mind Your Coaching Institute, a conference created specifically for instructional coaches, teacher leaders, and administrators to help them master the art and craft of coaching. We also provide continuous learning via webinars and mini-courses found in our coaching resources warehouse, CoachCademy.
We would be thrilled to work with you and your staff either virtually or face-to-face to improve teaching and learning at your school. Contact us today to get started!