Coaching Companion

The Coaching Companion

A critical part of the Know, See, Do, Improve Framework [PDF, 421KB] is the "Do" that is sometimes difficult to measure without being side-by-side with a teacher or home visitor during their work with children and families. Early Educator Central provides the Coaching Companion to make it easier for teachers to "do." As part of professional development, teachers can record their teaching practices and share the videos with their administrators, coaches, trainers, and faculty, as appropriate. The observation tool may be used as part of training, coursework, communities of practice, or one-on-one reflective supervision.

What Is the Coaching Companion?

The Coaching Companion is a video sharing and coaching feedback app. Teachers, coaches, trainers, administrators, and faculty can share video files, ask questions, exchange feedback, and develop individualized coaching plans that support quality teaching and positive outcomes for young children. It helps coaches and teachers or peer-coaching teams work together, even between coach visits or at a distance.

Teachers and coaches can use the Coaching Companion to view the video library with examples of teaching practices. They can also share their own classroom video and track progress through the three major components of Practice-based Coaching (PBC): Shared Goals and Action Planning, Focused Observation, and Reflection and Feedback. PBC is a coaching model designed with Head Start programs in mind. However, its components align well with a variety of coaching models used across states and territories. Review the resource below to learn more about how PBC aligns with other commonly used coaching models:

Practice-Based Coaching Resources

Getting Started

Request Information or Access

For more information, refer to the Coaching Companion handout or contact

Necessary Resources

  • Computers with high-speed Internet access to upload and play videos
  • A video camera to record teaching interactions

Technology Requirements


  • OS 10.4 (or higher)
  • Firefox 15 (or higher)
  • Safari 6 (or higher)


  • Windows 7 (or newer)
  • Internet Explorer 9 (or higher)
  • Firefox 15 (or higher)

Current Users

Coaching Companion login

Last Reviewed: October 2016

Last Updated: October 19, 2016