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Alabama Early Childhood Education Exemplar Video Library

Early Childhood Reflective Coaching in Alabama

Alabama Reflective Coaching

Alabama Reflective Coaching (ARC) is anchored from Rush and Shelden’s (2005) evidenced based definition that focuses on (a) identifying what we do as an adult learning strategy; (b) where the coach promotes the learner’s ability to reflect on his or her actions as a means to determine the effectiveness of an action or practice; and (c) develops a plan for refinement and use of the action in immediate and future situations. ARC incorporates the following coaching competencies:

  • Collaborative Goal Setting and Action Planning
  • Intentional Observation
  • Individualized Support and Follow-Through
  • Reflection and Feedback

Practice Based Coaching

Practice-Based Coaching (PBC) is a professional development strategy that uses a cyclical process. This process supports teachers’ use of effective teaching practices that lead to positive outcomes for children. PBC involves the following components:

  • Collaborative Partnerships
  • Shared Goals and Action Planning
  • Focused Observation
  • Reflection and Feedback

Alabama Early Childhood Coaching Framework and Competencies

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