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Professional Development

Professional Development Overview

Research consistently shows that there is a correlation between the level of professional development in early childhood care and education professionals and the quality of the early learning programs. Oregon offers several options for child care providers and educators to gain knowledge and improve their practice. We put together resources here for child care providers and educators to learn more and connect to the right professional opportunities for them.


Oregon Coaching Competencies

The Early Learning Division and the Early Learning System Initiative at ODU have partnered to offer a new resource for professional coaching. After nearly a year of development, these six coaching competencies reflect the high-quality, effective skills and practices that coaches supporting coachees (i.e., early educators) should embody in this system.

The Oregon Coaching Competencies:

  • Use strategies to support culturally responsive coaching
  • Use strategies to build collaborative partnerships
  • Apply adult learning principles
  • Use data to develop coaching goals
  • Observe, provide feedback, and facilitate goal-focused reflection on effective practice
  • Coaching for high-quality: Developmentally appropriate, inclusive, culturally responsive, trauma-informed, and linguistically appropriate teaching practices.

Each of the six competencies begins with a short description that is followed by a list of characteristics and skills that further illustrate the description. The Oregon Coaching Competencies are available in English, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Russian, and Vietnamese.

Meaningful Makeovers

Meaningful Makeovers

Oregon early education programs recently had the opportunity to be featured in University of Washington-Cultivate Learning’s web series, Meaningful Makeover. In each episode of this series, early educators are provided with guidance, technical assistance and materials to transform their learning environments. Together with the Cultivate Learning experts, early educators reflect and share their environment, program goals and journey through quality improvement. Both English speaking and Spanish speaking programs participated, and subtitles are available.

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