down Go Back to Our Ideas Report/Research Leadership and Instructional Coaching: Lessons Learned from the Evaluation of the Early College Expansion Project Full Reportright At a Glance The Early College Expansion Project used leadership coaching to build the capacity of school administrators to guide early college implementation. Published jun. 25, 2018 Topics K12 Postsecondary Dual Enrollment/Early College Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Coaching is a key strategy used to build educators’ capacity to implement educational improvement initiatives. Coaches are experts who work intensively to assist participants with implementation of specific practices. Designed to support professional growth, coaching is generally individualized or done with small groups, targeted to a specific situation, and ongoing.The Early College Expansion Project used leadership coaching to build the capacity of school administrators to guide early college implementation. Leadership coaches visited monthly and worked with principals or school administration teams around various aspects of program implementation. ECEP also used on-site instructional coaching to improve teachers' instructional practices. This brief utilizes data from an evaluation of the project to provide insight into the use of coaching as part of a comprehensive reform model. See more reports in this series Report/Research Taking the Long View: Sustainability Lessons from the Early College Expansion Partnership The Early College Expansion Partnership (ECEP) had an ambitious goal: take a bold school improvement model that had increased success of low-income youth in small high schools and scale it to 30,000 more students. Report/Research Solving the Dual Enrollment Staffing Puzzle: Strategies from the Early College Expansion Partnership A growing number of young people are taking college courses in high school, as districts work to increase postsecondary readiness and success. A shortage of qualified instructors, however, could slow down expansion of this proven strategy. Report/Research Differentiated Dual Enrollment and Other Collegiate Experiences The evidence speaks for itself: when high school students participate in college-credit-bearing coursework, they are more likely to graduate high school, go to college, and earn a degree. Report/Research Building Early College Pathways to STEM Careers Most students in Bridgeport, Connecticut, come from low-income families, a group that has struggled historically to complete high school and enter college. But through early college pathways, they have a greater chance of success. Report/Research Leadership Lessons from the Early College Expansion Partnership For 15 years, early college high schools have raised high school graduation and college success rates for underrepresented students. Now, education leaders nationwide are scaling up early college designs to improve the performance of entire school systems.