by Bob Lasiewicz, Managing Director, Crossroads of Learning
Participants in the last two semester cohorts of the Evidence Based Coaching (EBC) program at Fielding Graduate University have recently provided up to 8 hours of pro bono coaching to qualified graduates of Crossroads of Learning courses. Fielding graduate students and alumni provided personal coaching services to fulfill requirements of their academic courses and/or International Coaching Federation certification. By engaging in individual online coaching sessions, qualified Crossroads graduates had an opportunity to review and explore their own professional development and career goals. Participants in the coaching process are rooted in the belief of an individual’s capacity for change and a desire for a transformative learning experience.
When Kathy Tiner of the Fielding School of Education was first approached in 2006 to collaborate with Crossroads of Learning on the world’s first online professional development course for tutors, she jumped at the opportunity. She shared the vision of how professional and volunteer tutors can significantly impact student success at all levels of education, but even more so when they received quality training. She said “by supporting the professional development of tutors, we will be making a real difference in the education of our children across the country.” Successful completion of the course also qualifies students to register for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) provided by Fielding Graduate University.
Eight years later, over 1,000 learning support specialists have enrolled in the online courses, including Tutoring Foundations, Academic Coaching and Train-the-Trainer programs. The curriculum has also been adapted to a workbook format for use by graduates of the Trainer program. Now, the graduates of the advanced courses have access to another high quality online professional development option.