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Managing Coaching When Work Feels Unmanageable 


The pandemic magnified weaknesses in early childhood settings that we are still trying to figure out. Programs report feeling overwhelmed with staff turnover, an uptick in reported challenging behavior, and an increase in the need to support staff wellness. With all of this going on, coaching sometimes gets put on the backburner. But what if there was a way to reimagine how we can keep coaching to build staff capacity despite these challenges? Join our webinar to hear reflections and solutions from coaches who have coached staff in kindergarten, childcare, and early intervention settings as they share their experiences navigating coaching when everything else feels unpredictable. 

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Aug 23, 2023


3:00 PM


56 Min

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NCPMI Presenter(s)

Mary Louise Hemmeter

Vanderbilt University

Mary Louise Hemmeter, PhD, is a professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on effective instruction, social emotional development and challenging behavior, and coaching teachers. She has been a PI or Co-PI on numerous projects funded by the US Departments of Education and Health and Human Services. Through her work on the National Center on the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning and IES funded research projects, she was involved in the development of the Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Young Children and a model for coaching teachers to implement effective practices. She is currently the PI on an IES funded development project around program wide supports for implementing the Pyramid Model and a Co-PI on an IES efficacy study examining approaches to supporting teachers to implement embedded instruction. She was co-editor of the Journal of Early Intervention and President of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Early Childhood. She received the Mary McEvoy Service to the Field Award.

Guest Presenter(s)

Lori Adams

Winston-Salem Children’s Developmental Services Agency

Lori Adams is a Developmental Specialist Supervisor with the Winston-Salem Children’s Developmental Services Agency. Lori provides targeted case management services to families, completes eligibility evaluations, and supervises a team of Early Intervention Service Coordinators. She is a Practitioner Coach for the agencies Pyramid Model work and a certified fidelity coach through the Family Infant Preschool Program (FIPP).

Amanda Ulrich

Blakemore Children’s Center

Amanda Ulrich, CDA, is a Pedagogista for Infants and Toddlers as well as Coordinator at Blakemore Children’s Center in Nashville, TN. Her family has been an example of how to advocate for the needs of every child. She has had the pleasure of being part of the classroom studies for Pyramid Model research through the students at Peabody, Vanderbilt. As a Fine Artist and retired therapist her focus is on the whole child and whole teacher.

Ranata Oakley

Metropolitan Nashville Public School District

Ranata Oakley is a Social-Emotional Learning Coach with the Metropolitan Nashville Public School district. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in Child and Family Studies for grades PreK-4th, a master's from Lipscomb University in Instructional Leadership, and an Educational Specialist degree from Union University in Administration and Supervision. Ranata has over 15 years of experience working with students and their families. She enjoys gardening, seeing new places, and trying new foods during her spare time.

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