Early Childhood Partnership 

Coaches make classrooms better

One of these educators is a coach. Can you guess who? It's Amy Schmidtke on the right. Her job is in the classroom working with teachers every day.


Coaching works because it’s personal

Amy knows she is one of the best resources a teacher can have. In early childhood classrooms, teacher coaching is a new and promising Learning Community strategy.

Coaching is gaining speed nationwide because it works. In the Kellom-Conestoga neighborhood, children may grow up with more stress in their lives. With teaching teams working together, children get the attention they need to overcome challenges and be successful learners. 

It's no surprise that Amy is in demand in the 3- and 4-year old classrooms at Conestoga Elementary School. She helps teachers and paraprofessionals become more effective by finding new ways to get children actively involved in learning.


What makes coaching the best kind of teacher training?

Nicole Looper oversees coaches and teaching teams in the Early Childhood Partnership classrooms. “Coaching is an essential teacher support system," she said. "Our coaches help teachers and children go from good to great.”

Virginia Bowers, Early Childhood Director at Omaha Public Schools, said coaching teachers can be 10 times more effective than conferences or seminars. "Our teachers are passionate about helping kids learn, so how better to help them improve than in their own classrooms!"

Marque_Snow_2_cropped.jpg“Investing in coaches has the potential to make a big difference for our teachers and students. This is one key to challenge poverty and make sure children succeed in the classroom.”

– Marque Snow, Learning Community Coordinating Council, Subcouncil 2

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