Actively promoting excellence in and opportunities for early childhood coaching while strengthening collaboration among stakeholders
In the Spring of 2007, representatives form various early childhood education coaching initiatives in Colorado began meeting monthly with a goal of gaining a better understanding of the scope and nature of early childhood coaching projects around the state. In addition, the group wanted to explore how a common set of principles or standards for coaching and more systematic professional development opportunities for coaches might support our work and promote stronger outcomes for our coaching efforts. The group adopted the name Colorado Coaching Consortium.
A survey of coaching initiatives statewide showed that a significant amount of coaching is being done, with common broad goals but great variability in practice. The Consortium determined that a set of shared standards, in the form of coaching competencies, could be helpful in guiding coaching work around the state.
Current work of the Colorado Coaching Consortium focuses on offering the Coaching track at the CAEYC annual conferences and the work of four coaching consortium committees: the Systems Commitee, the Professional Development Committee, the Evidence Based Practice Committee, and the Communications/Network Committee.