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Coaching and Mentoring is designed to build capacity for specific professional dispositions, skills, and behaviors and is focused on goal-setting and achievement for an individual or group. Coaching and Mentoring supports the development of specific skills and practices; it is focused on a performance-based outcome(s). Recent studies suggest that coaching and mentoring, often in combination with group training, is more effective in raising quality than group training delivered without any on-site assistance.
Through the EPS grant, Child Development and Education Inc. (CDE), has subcontracted with a host of community agencies to provide coaching and mentoring to ensure educators and providers are supported in moving toward goals that have been articulated through their Individual Professional Development Plans (IPDPs) or Program Improvement Plan (PIP)
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These goals may include accreditation support, degree attainment, core competencies and CDA. In coordination with our Professional Development opportunities, coaches and mentors will assist educators in moving along a career pathway.
Coaches and mentors will require a Coaching and Mentoring Application outlining specific needs. The coach/mentor will assess the application and determine the number of coaching/mentoring sessions, length and duration. The process will be clearly stated and will be approved by EPS management.
SEEPP/ Region 5 EPS grant is committed to supporting educators who work in early care and education centers, family child care and out of school time programs. We are particularly proud of the coaching we offer to educators around building their skills and foundational knowledge necessary to strengthen each educator's practice while also making a positive contribution to a child's growth & development.
We have a cadre of qualified coaches across our region with extensive backgrounds in a variety of program types and professional experiences working with adult learners. They are ready to meet with educators to help them create their unique professional development plans, support them while they implement their plans, and/or provide academic, career or CDA advising.
In Region 5 we have several groups or "cohorts" which are ongoing that focus on CDA, QRIS and or Accreditation. We also offer Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) that are topic based and are typically around competency building to support courses offered from our extensive course catalogue. Both the cohorts and the PLCs are on our website for registration.
If educators or programs are interested in meeting with a coach, the first step is to fill out an application on our website. The application asks several questions which helps to understand what an educator needs so we can provide the best fit with a coach. Once an application is received a coach is identified who will contact the educator to set up their first session!