SmartStart Education provides individualized, hands-on support through classroom coaching. Using the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model, SmartStart works with teachers in their classrooms. Our model is based on the premise of developing professional learning relationship between coach and teacher or administrator through building a common experience and knowledge base.
Coaching is comprised of three session cycles:
- Modeling best practices
- Coteaching with the classroom teacher
- Classroom observation and feedback
Each coaching session is preceded by a planning session where the specialist and teacher discuss the practices to be learned and embed them into the lesson plan. Each coaching session is then followed by a post-conference, were the specialist and teacher discuss the lesson, the practices, lessons learned, and any questions that remain.
All SmartStart Education Specialists have at least 10 years teaching and leadership experience.