The Head Start Coaching Companion is a video sharing and coaching feedback application for early care and education staff and providers. It helps coaches and coachees and peer-coaching teams work together, even between coach visits or from a distance. Share video files, ask questions, and exchange feedback. Also, develop individualized coaching plans that support quality teaching and positive outcomes for young children.
Who can use the Coaching Companion?
Teachers, family child care providers, home visitors, and coaches can use the Coaching Companion's video library to view examples of teaching practices. They can also share their own classroom or home-based videos 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.
Coaching Companion Overview
Head Start Coaching Companion Video
Narrator: The Coaching Companion is a video sharing and coaching feedback application that allows a teacher to share their classroom practice with their coach, to view the videos, to make comments, and reflect on the teaching practice. With the Coaching Companion, current and prospective teachers are able to see effective teaching practices and refine their own practices.
Katie Eide: We're not telling them how to do it. We're showing them: oh, I see that you're really great at that. Let's build on that.
Niki Webber: When the coaches come in, they're there to help you. They're there to make your classroom great. It's amazing, when you get someone else's opinion in your classroom, what can happen if you try different things.
Narrator: The Coaching Companion is built around the practice-based coaching model. Coaching occurs within a collaborative partnership. Shared goals and action plans are established. Focused observations occur. Feedback and reflection lead to enhanced use of effective teaching practices. And the cycle of refinement and improvement continues.
Donna Johnson: A video is like that extra pair of eyes. When a teacher is implementing a lesson, we've got one perspective. The video provides that other lens. For teachers who are reflective and who are open to change, it is a tremendous opportunity for them to see how what they do or don't do impacts children's learning.
Teacher: You were right. Awesome job.
Debbie Roberts: You develop your QIP goal and then you get a baseline video, and you can share that on Coaching Companion. And then the provider looks at that video. They can develop their goals based on the data and what they see in their own practice. Powerful.
Debra Walter: Powerful, yeah.
Narrator: The Coaching Companion's web-based platform allows for individualized and collaborative coaching to enhance teaching practices and, in turn, child outcomes.
Katie: As a coach, I love to see the teachers just realize things on their own. And I'm really there to support them in their professional development and to help them get to the next point of their teaching and their practice.
Debra: I had this huge "aha," because it's one thing to be told that you're doing something well, but to see yourself: it's powerful in building a confidence. And, you know, if you feel good about what you're doing, you're more ready to embrace the challenges.
Narrator: The Coaching Companion is a tool to help you organize and engage in coaching. It helps to eliminate barriers of distance and time with a flexible framework that allows coaches and education staff to engage in meaningful coaching interactions when they are not together in person. It also supports self-reflection, a critical skill for professionals to develop as they seek to improve their own practices.
The Coaching Companion supports the systems that programs develop in response to the Head Start Program Performance Standards around coaching. For more information, contact us at coachingcompanion at eclkc dot info.
Coaching Companion Technical Requirements
- Computers with high-speed Internet access to upload and play videos
- A video camera to record teaching interactions
- 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)
Resource Type: Article
National Centers: Early Childhood Development, Teaching and Learning
Last Updated: April 2, 2019