Practice-based Coaching

Coaching is a professional development strategy that aims to ensure quality teaching and learning practices are implemented with accuracy and result in positive outcomes for children and families.

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NCQTL Materials

Practice-based Coaching [PDF, 1.01MB]
This document provides an overview of the Practice-based Coaching model. Practice-based Coaching is a cyclical process for supporting teachers’ use of effective teaching practices that lead to positive outcomes for children.

Top 10 Tips for Coaches [PDF, 765.05KB]
This tip sheet provides coaches or program leaders with ideas to guide them as they support teachers' professional development.

What Do We Know About Coaching [PDF, 176KB]
The focus of Practice-based Coaching is using effective everyday teaching practices that are important for children's school readiness. Read this brief to find out what the research says about Practice-based Coaching.

Coaching as a Key Component in Teachers’ Professional Development [PDF, 131.4KB]
This document summarizes findings from a large-scale research demonstration project (Head Start CARES) which implemented a coaching model to support teacher use of best practices for children’s social and emotional development. Lessons learned throughout the coaching process are shared.

Additional Resources

Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI) Resources for Coaches

Steps to Success: An Instructional Design for Early Literacy Mentor-Coaches In Head Start & Early Head Start


Last Updated: March 24, 2015