Relationship-Based Professional Development (RBPD) (24 clock hours) (Series)

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The Office of Early Childhood provides Relationship-Based Professional Development (RBPD) training in local communities across the state.
Topics include: adult learning, coaching competencies, reflective practice, and coaching implementation tools. This training meets the training requirement for the Colorado Coaching Credential. RBPD training is offered at no cost and is open to anyone who is interested. Registration for each training is limited to 25 participants; if a training reaches capacity, coaches who will be providing Colorado Shines QRIS coaching and coaches who provides services within the region of the training will be prioritized. 

Upcoming Sessions

Colorado Springs

January 28 and 29 and March 3 and 4, 2020.


Spring/summer 2020.


After attending this training, you will be able to:

Coaching Skills

  • Describe the continuous quality improvement cycle. 
  • Using examples, compare and contrast technical assistance, coaching, mentoring and consulting as outlined in the NAEYC Training and Technical Assistance Glossary 
  • Describe the key elements of the NAEYC Code of Ethics Supplement for Adult Educators in coaching and comment on the importance of this document.
  • Describe and identify potential uses of the Colorado Coaching Competencies. 
  • Describe the function of an effectively written coaching agreement and provide a sample agreement that defines the roles, responsibilities, communication plan, and expectations of both the coach and coachee for a particular initiative.
  • Describe your personal strengths, challenges, goals and coaching style; include how this impacts your work with coachees.
  • Define the process and steps taken to establish and continuously build a relationship with a coachee; include specific details that relate to creating a partnership.
  • List three strategies to ensure responsiveness to the coachee’s goals, strengths, learning style, culture, and generational context.
  • Describe three key elements of direct communication and provide a rationale for why this is necessary.
  • Explain the importance of active listening and demonstrate three active listening techniques.
  • Explain the use of powerful/reflective questioning and demonstrate three of these techniques.
  • Define reflective practice and describe how the coaching process fosters reflective practice for both the coach and the coachee.
  • Explain the process used to gather initial information and data to assess current needs.
  • List three intentional coaching strategies that could be used with a coachee to plan, problem solve, and reflect.
  • Identify and discuss the essential components and ongoing development of a coaching implementation plan, which includes mutually agreed upon goals. 
  • Describe the rationale and a process for assessing progress.
  • List and explain at least three problem solving strategies to deal with challenges and barriers.

Adult Learning and Cultural Responsiveness

  • Define cultural responsiveness and discuss why it’s important.
  • Identify at least five elements that contribute to cultural identity. 
  • Identify the role of your cultural bias and give two examples of strategies to increase awareness of your own bias and how you will mitigate it. 
  • Identify your own cultural perspectives and give three examples of how this might impact your relationships with adult learners.
  • Explain the importance of the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct and a Statement of Commitment Supplement for Adult Educators and its’ use in their work.
  • List the four areas of personal relationships in which these ethical standards apply and provide a description of how it applies to at least one. 
  • Define learning transfer and why it’s important.
Additional Information

Attendance Policy

The Relationship-Based Professional Development (RBPD) training meets the requirement for the Colorado Coaching Credential. This training consists of four days focused on coaching skills and working with adult learners in a coaching relationship. To receive a certificate of completion, you are required to attend all four days of training. If you must miss more than one hour of any scheduled RBPD training day, please register for a different training that better meets your scheduling needs.


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