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Bonnie O'Keefe

A growing number of early childhood education (ECE) programs are using coaching to support teachers’ professional development and improve the quality of early childhood instruction. Educators work one-on-one with their coaches towards specific, individualized teaching goals, focusing on skills and knowledge they can put into practice in their classrooms.

Primetime for Coaching report cover Research and practice show that coaching, when implemented well, can have positive impacts on educator professional development, student outcomes, instructional leadership, and organizational systems. As a result, more state and federal policies – notably the 2016 Head Start Performance Standards – encourage or require coaching.

Our new report, Primetime for Coaching: Improving Instructional Coaching in Early Childhood Education, seeks to help policymakers and practitioners alike make informed decisions about coaching programs and policies and uncovers successes, challenges, and opportunities for improvement.

Chad Aldeman
Anne Hyslop
Max Marchitello
Jennifer O'Neal Schiess
Kaitlin Pennington

The 2015 passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) ushered in a new era for state accountability systems. ESSA provided states an opportunity to help all students succeed by rethinking both how they identify schools that need to improve, and how those schools might be improved. The law requires states to submit a formal plan to the Department of Education for peer review and then begin implementing that plan in the 2017-18 school year.

Today we're releasing our findings after reviewing the 34 states that submitted accountability plans in September. Read our executive summary of strengths and weaknesses across all of the state plans here.


America’s school transportation system needs work. To help people understand why we should be thinking differently about school transportation, we created a simple, three-minute video:

Bonnie O'Keefe

Delving into findings from a local initiative to align and improve pre-K to third grade education reveals broadly applicable lessons on supporting teachers and leaders, in Minnesota and beyond.