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This article briefly reviews the past, present, and future of the related (but distinct) roles of literacy specialists, coaches, and coordinators in the United States. Connections are made to the International Literacy Association's 2017 Standards for the Preparation of Specialized Literacy Professionals (SLPs) as well as recent survey research further illustrating the variety of roles played by SLPs in schools and how principals view the impact of SLPs.



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