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Coaching with ECERS

Strategies and Tools to Improve Quality in Pre-K and K Classrooms

Holly Seplocha Debby Cryer Richard M. Clifford Thelma Harms Noreen Yazejian

120 pages
Teachers College Press
ECERS is widely used in the United States and internationally to assess the overall quality of preschool and kindergarten classrooms and to provide a framework for continuous quality improvement. This new book in the ERS® Family presents best practices to help coaches build trusting relationships with teachers, program directors, and administrators that will improve classroom environments and teaching practices. By using ECERS-3 and ECERS-R as a coaching tool, Holly Seplocha shows coaches and teachers how to work together to implement what is best for children. Each ECERS subscale chapter offers suggestions for quick and easy solutions, as well as strategies for classroom change that generally take more time for teachers to understand and incorporate into daily practice. This resource also includes guidance and activities for facilitating group meetings, professional learning communities, and staff workshops. Coaching with ECERS will help refine classroom practices and environments so that scores will rise, not just for the day, but for every day. Book Features: Outlines the nuts and bolts of coaching with ECERS in a way that has meaning and impacts classroom practice. Provides an overview of adult learning and coaching strategies, incorporating techniques for coaching novice and experienced teachers, as well as administrators. Examines the diversity of roles, from peer coaching to coaching from the inside or outside of the program, to administrators and supervisors who coach within their role. Presents the case for building onsite program capacity for coaches who target their efforts with administrators. Offers hands-on advice, strategies, and tools including “ECERS Tips” and “No, No, Never, Nevers,” as well as helpful resources to support coaches and administrators.
Author Bio
Holly Seplocha is professor of early childhood education at William Paterson University and project director at the New Jersey Center for Quality Ratings.