Rebecca Bates is a technical assistance consultant in the area of district and school improvement at AIR. Currently, her work focuses on coaching teachers and instructional coaches in the area of literacy. She works at both the school and organizational level designing and delivering training to support various aspects of instructional coaching. She works with maintaining and training on the Coaching Tracking Tool which supports and monitors the instructional coaching in schools and generates reports using the data. She is fluent in the Common Core State Standards and understands the instructional implications. She co-led the English/Language Arts team on aligning district standards and curriculum to the Common Core Standards and examining the alignment to develop a gap analysis.
Prior to joining AIR, Rebecca has extensive classroom experience as both a reading specialist and language arts teacher in middle and high schools. She has taught in both rural and suburban settings in Oregon, Alaska, Iowa, and Illinois working with students of various geographical regions and cultures. She has expertise in working with at-risk students in various settings. Rebecca also worked with Learning Point Associates as a senior literacy specialist where she led work on document reviews and facilitated co-interpretations for New York School Curriculum Audits, assisted school districts in designing Common Core aligned curriculum, and trained classroom observers and conducted observations for the Regional Educational Laboratory Midwest.