Coaching is a key strategy used to build educators’ capacity to implement educational improvement initiatives. Coaches are experts who work intensively to assist participants with implementation of specific practices. Designed to support professional growth, coaching is generally individualized or done with small groups, targeted to a specific situation, and ongoing.
The Early College Expansion Project used leadership coaching to build the capacity of school administrators to guide early college implementation. Leadership coaches visited monthly and worked with principals or school administration teams around various aspects of program implementation. ECEP also used on-site instructional coaching to improve teachers' instructional practices.
This brief utilizes data from an evaluation of the project to provide insight into the use of coaching as part of a comprehensive reform model.