Foundations in Coaching Course

Foundations in Coaching Course

Early Learning System Initiative

Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families

Learn the high-quality, effective skills and practices of an early learning coach!

Foundations in Coaching is a 100% self-paced online professional development course designed to build a foundational understanding of Oregon Coaching Competencies.

By participating, you will learn about these competencies and be introduced to practice-based coaching through interactive activities, videos, graphics, knowledge checks and reflections. You will also have the opportunity for self-assessment of the Oregon Coaching Competencies, and to self-reflect on areas of strength and opportunities for growth.

For coaches with an ELSI Mentor Coach, the self-assessment will inform collaborative professional development planning and goals.

The course also includes a companion workbook. Successful completion of this course will result in 8 ORO hours.

The Foundations in Coaching course is FREE. An active ORO account is needed to register for the course.

If you participated in the course pilot (Oregon Coaching Pathways: Tier 1 Course) in winter 2022-23 and received a Certification of Completion, there is no need to repeat the course.

Course objectives

  • 1. Understand the components of Practice-Based Coaching cycle.
  • 2. Develop a foundational understanding of the six Oregon Coaching Competencies:
    • Use strategies to support culturally responsive coaching.
    • Use strategies to build collaborative partnerships.
    • Apply adult learning principles.
    • Use data to develop coaching goals.
    • Observe, provide feedback and facilitate goal-focused reflection.
    • Coach for high-quality, including developmentally appropriate, inclusive, culturally responsive, trauma-informed and linguistically appropriate teaching practices.
  • 3. Complete a self-assessment of where you currently are on the Oregon Coaching Competencies and reflect on areas of strength and opportunities for growth.

Who will benefit from this course

This course is designed for those employed as a coach working with early educators, as well as those interested in becoming a coach for early educators in Oregon. Coaches work directly with educators on effective practices, and practical experience and knowledge of early education principles and practices, as represented in Oregon’s Core Knowledge Categories, is strongly recommended (e.g., Step 9 or above in the Oregon Registry Online [ORO] system). You will need an active ORO account to register for the course and will submit your ORO Professional Development Statement during registration.

Coach supervisors

If you supervise coaches, ELSI’s Practice-Based Coaching for Supervisors & Educational Leaders workshop may be better fit. You may also refer to the Oregon Coaching Competencies or the ELSI Coaching Guidebook. Additionally, if you want to learn about Practice-Based coaching, you may find ELSI’s Practice-Based Coaching 101 workshop more beneficial, or you may review these national resources on Practice-Based Coaching.

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