The Bulletin

West Virginia Head Start Programs to Implement Practice-Based Coaching

Karen Browning, Director Coalfield CAP

March 2015

In their efforts to continually support teachers’ ability to effect positive child outcomes, the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL) has adopted a coaching model known as“Practice-Based Coaching” (PBC). This model focuses on three (3) components that programs will implement in a variety of ways, depending upon the nature of the program’s needs (1. planning goals and action steps; 2. engaging in focused observation; 3. reflecting on and sharing feedback about teaching practices). PBC is described by NCQTL as “a cyclical process for supporting teachers’ use of effective teaching practices that lead to positive outcomes for children.” In preparation for implementation of this coaching model, NCQTL has scheduled training events for programs interested in participating.

Head Start Programs were contacted by their T/TA Specialists to determine interest and ability to attend training events. Four(4) West Virginia Head Start Programs attended the Practice-Based Coaching Leadership Academy in February 2015. Leadership Teams attending included: Central WV Community Action Head Start, Coalfield CAP, Inc. Head Start, Monroe County BOE Head Start, and North Central Community Action Head Start. Team members included the Head Start Director, Managers, Teachers, and BOE partners (pre-k coordinators). Teams participated in training that ultimately culminated in each program’s Coaching PATH (plan for implementation of the coaching model).

The second phase of the training involved coaches from each program attending a “Practice-Based Coaches Training” where the Coaching Teams participated in activities to equip them with the necessary tools to enhance their abilities to coach staff.

More information about Practice-Based Coaching can be accessed through the Early Childhood Knowledge and Learning Center (ECKLC) website, or by contacting your Program’s T/TA Specialist.