Early Educators Excel

Early Educators Excel (E3): Coach-based Adaptive Learning

The E3 coach-based adaptive learning initiative consists of early learning training and small group sessions that use a coach based model to increase the aptitude of teachers who work in early learning programs serving children, birth to age eight. Coaches play an integral role in the success of these intervention, as they work directly with teachers to help them achieve their development goals.

Understanding the birth to age eight continuum is critical for child development and success.  As a result, E3 focuses on how nurturing children at different development stages helps them achieve success by using as guides the early childhood quality and the common core state standards.  Another benefit of the program is that teacher support is ongoing and in “real-time” with the provision of highly effective coach support throughout the academic year.

Our Coaches

Shawness Woods-Zende

Master Coach
Excellent Schools Detroit

What are your favorite sights and sounds in an early learning (birth - grade 3) classroom?

I love to see all children actively engaged in the available activities. Actively engaged children tell me that there is a routine in the classroom and children have a clear understanding of classroom expectations. I also like to hear children talking. Talking builds language and literacy in the classroom as well as social skills. It is also an opportunity for children to demonstrate what they are learning and gives teachers a chance to scaffold their learning.

What has been the most effective coaching strategy that you have used (that has helped other teachers grow/improve)?

My favorite coaching strategy is modeling. Modeling is a technique that allows the teachers to see what the coach has asked her to do. It is an effective technique because the teacher has a clear example of exactly what I want her to do and how to do it. This is important because it gives the teacher an opportunity to ask questions about what she sees or does as well as eliminates any assumptions.

Alicia Williams

E3 Citywide Early Learning Master Coach
Excellent Schools Detroit

What are your favorite sights and sounds in an early learning (birth - grade 3) classroom?

Young children learn from everything they do. They are naturally curious; they want to explore and discover. Children intrinsically motivated and intentionally working with blocks, puzzles, books, crafts and other items with tenacity and amusement brings me great joy. I get so excited observing these little ones genuinely engaged with materials and using language to explain their learning process to others.

What has been the most effective coaching strategy that you have used (that has helped other teachers grow/improve)?

All of the Coaching Strategies learned through the E3 training this year have been beneficial in supporting teacher instruction and classroom management. However, I do think Self and Parallel Talk has been the most helpful for the B-4 teachers. This strategy is foundational for building the language capacity in children. Simply narrating children and your actions can be a powerful tool to increase the vocabulary size of our youngest learners.

Landia Eadeh

Site Leader
Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency Head Start

What are your favorite sights and sounds in an early learning (birth - grade 3) classroom?

My favorite sights and sounds are the children laughing as they are learning about everything in the classrooms. The looks on their faces as they ponder what might happen to the sand when they add water, mix two colors and they make a new color, they build with materials (like wood, nails, hammers) to create a mater piece. The children learning to sing new songs and playing with sounds, letters and their voices to make a new sound. Seeing them grow and develop throughout the school year.

What has been the most effective coaching strategy that you have used (that has helped other teachers grow/improve)?

The What to Do instructions that are sequential, measurable and specific. When teachers mastered the What to Do instructions and tied them back to the PBIS strategies, we noticed that children’s behavior improved. The children understood what was expected of them, when it was expected, how they were expected to behave in order to be safe, kind and respectful to the other children and teachers in the classroom.

Caitlin Martin

District Coach
Education Achievement Authority

What has been the most effective coaching strategy that you have used (that has helped other teachers grow/improve)?

The most effective coaching strategy I have used is modeling and practice. This has helped teachers improve their management strategies by making coming up with clear directions second nature, and therefore allows them so spend more time focusing on teaching!

What children's book do you recommend teachers use in the classroom and why?

One of my favorite children's books for use in the classroom is Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. This book has beautiful illustrations and uses familiar language of animals and colors in a predictable pattern, which allows students to anticipate what will come next and chime in while reading. It also lends itself well to many extension activities.

Kristie Ford

District Instructional Coach
Education Achievement Authority

What has been the most effective coaching strategy that you have used (that has helped other teachers grow/improve)?

The most effective coaching strategy that I have used with my E3 teachers is cueing. I believe it has been so effective because the teacher is actually performing the action and seeing first-hand the immediate results it can yield. Sometimes it if difficult for the teacher to know exactly when to implement the new strategy, so being in the class and cueing at just the right time has been extremely insightful for the teachers.

What is your favorite thing about early learning (birth - grade 3)?

My favorite element of early learning is the ability to reach the students early enough in their development to make a real impact on their perception of learning and their actual learning. I also enjoy being in the classrooms with the students and witnessing first-hand the impact of my coaching on the teachers’ growth and thus the students’ achievement. In addition, it is very motivating to see how effective the coaching cycle can be on the teachers’ performance in such a short amount of time.

Patricia Darwish

Early Childhood Consultant
The Development Center

What are your favorite sights and sounds in an early learning (birth - grade 3) classroom?

For over 25 years, I’ve worked with children ages birth to 5 years old. Some of my favorite sights and sounds in an early learning classroom is watching the children explore and learn new things. I enjoy watching them create and building an understanding that is meaningful to them that ultimately helps build on their foundation for success.

What has been the most effective coaching strategy that you have used (that has helped other teachers grow/improve)?

Working with teachers from various educational backgrounds, I found that the most effective strategy used was modeling. By using this strategy, teachers had a better understanding of how it looks. Teachers felt at ease when asked to practice the strategy to become efficient in their teaching practices.

Patricia Ulman

Education Coordinator
Wayne Metro CAA Head Start/GSRP

What are your favorite sights and sounds in an early learning (birth - grade 3) classroom?

My favorite sights and sounds in an early learning classroom is the sound of children laughing and watching them be really engaged in the work they are doing. There are days when I am so busy and sitting at my desk working diligently and hear the sound of children’s laughter. This always makes me get up and check out what is going on.  When I see them really having fun while learning, it reminds me why I am doing this.

What has been the most effective coaching strategy that you have used (that has helped other teachers grow/improve)?

The most effective coaching strategy I have used is modeling. It gives the teacher the opportunity to see the concept in action and to see that yes, it can be done, and yes, it does work.