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Wake County school board to hear about coaching of teachers

Oziel Vargas-Mendez, 5, reads a story to his pre-kindergarten class with the help of his teacher Jean Evans on Friday, March 28, 2014 at Hilburn Academy in Raleigh, N.C.
Oziel Vargas-Mendez, 5, reads a story to his pre-kindergarten class with the help of his teacher Jean Evans on Friday, March 28, 2014 at Hilburn Academy in Raleigh, N.C. jhknight@newsobserver.com

Wake County school board members will get an update Monday on a proposed joint elementary school/YMCA in Southeast Raleigh and hear how teachers are being coached to become more effective educators.

The first item on the agenda at Monday’s student achievement committee meeting is a report on what’s happened since the school board approved in June a non-binding agreement with the YMCA of the Triangle to work on a joint facility. The YMCA wants to turn the former Watson’s Flea Market off Rock Quarry Road into a campus that includes a school/Y facility, affordable housing, a health care center and possibly a grocery store.

The goal is to break the cycle of inter-generational poverty in Southeast Raleigh.

After the update, the committee will get a presentation on the district’s Coaching Collaborative. Some coaches are based at schools working directly with teachers and professional learning teams. Other coaches are district based and work with professional learning teams and administrators.

The goal of these coaches is to increase student achievement, The coaches help teachers with specific instructional strategies and help schools with ways to support their teachers and students.

The final agenda topic is how Wake is promoting social emotional learning for young children. The John Rex Endowment is providing more than $3 million combined for the Triple P Positive Parenting Program and SEFEL (Social Emotional Foundations of Early Learning) program.

Triple P primarily involves different community groups working with parents.

Under SEFEL, coaches are training preschool teachers on strategies to:

▪ build responsive, nurturing relationships;

▪ create high-quality supportive environments;

▪ teach social-emotional skills;

▪ prevent challenging behavior.

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