Strategies and Methods

Strategies
To provide leadership in the design and implementation of educational initiatives focusing on best practice, based on sound theoretical principle (praxis), including key features such as:

  • Providing leadership training opportunities through youth volunteerism
  • Mentoring youth in leadership roles
  • Development of women in youth sport coaching settings
  • Moving away from a coach-centered model towards an athlete-centered approach based on “engaged learning” through experience
  • Adopting a competency-based approach to adult teaching and learning of leadership, in which the best measures of effectiveness are observable behaviors and actions

Methods

  • Meet with representatives of interested youth sport organizations committed to youth development through sport and physical activity in order to define their core values
  • Develop understanding of how these organizations currently function:
    • Characteristics of current athlete population
    • Characteristics of current coach population
    • Characteristics of current coach training and education, if any
    • Openness to observation of current coaches at work
    • Openness to giving and receiving feedback on current coaching practices
  • Identify key leaders in the organization who are interested in learning about and implementing intentional training and education for coaches working in the organization
  • Work to establish a commitment to design and deliver sustainable coach development processes integrating the key values of the organization
  • Collaborate with key leaders in the organization to design and deliver appropriate coach education and training, aimed at developing long-term improvement in coaching performance
  • Adopt an athlete-centered model of coaching, aimed at helping all participants improve their performance over time
  • Establish the coach development cycle based on observation of performance, followed by giving and receiving feedback and support to all participants
  • Focus coaches’ attention on the development of heightened self-awareness, the ability to self-correct and the acceptance of personal responsibility for learning
  • Assist coaches to understand an appropriate athlete development model for their particular sport or activity
  • Assist coaches to plan and deliver effective practices, based on establishing suitable performance objectives for their participants, ensuring a sound organization and practicing appropriate methods of communication

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students at the School of Education benefit from the community feel of a small school along with the resources of a large university. Our students are in the field in both urban and suburban schools as early as their first year at SED.

Graduate Students

Talented graduate students from around the world prepare to become teachers, counselors, administrators, and more in as little as one year at the School of Education. Our students engage in diverse aspects of education both in the classroom and the field.