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[On-Demand Webinar] The Role of Practice-Based Coaching in Transforming Early Childhood Education in New Mexico



New Mexico is committed to increasing equitable access to quality early learning opportunities for children birth to age 5. Across the state, Practice-Based Coaching (PBC) is being used to support professional development in everything from evidence-based early literacy practices to the Pyramid Model to support healthy social, emotional, and behavioral development. 

Watch this on-demand webinar to hear an enlightening conversation among members of the Central Region Educational Cooperative (CREC) who oversee coaching and professional learning for early childhood educators in school-based settings. During the webinar, they discuss:

  • How Practice-Based Coaching is improving literacy practices, social-emotional practices, and individual student supports
  • How TORSH Talent, an online learning platform, is being used by coaches and practitioners to set and track goals, ensure fidelity of practice, and support individualized coaching and self-reflection
  • Lessons learned and practical advice for implementing practice-based coaching using TORSH Talent 

Whether you have been using Practice-Based Coaching for a while or are just considering the approach, this webinar will provide you and your team with insights and guidance to strengthen and streamline professional learning for your early childhood educators.

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Webinar Presenters:

Amanda Rottman, M.Ed.
Early Childhood Instructional Coaching Coordinator, CREC

Amanda Rottman serves as the Instructional Coaching Coordinator for the Early Childhood Instructional Coaching team. Her background includes teaching experience in inclusive classrooms throughout NM. With a dedicated focus on Early Childhood Education, Amanda collaborates with stakeholders to ensure that all children have access to high-quality learning opportunities.


Ginger Towle, M.Ed.
Early Childhood Instructional Coaching Coordinator, CREC

Ginger Towle is an Early Childhood Instructional Coaching Coordinator for the Central Region Educational Cooperative, CREC. Her background includes years of teaching experience in preschool, elementary, and higher education. She currently supports coaches at the CREC in implementing Practice-Based Coaching for preschool teachers. Ginger also collaborates with stakeholders to ensure that all children have access to a high-quality education in New Mexico.


Terri Tapia, M.A.
Early Childhood Instructional Coaching Lead Coordinator, CREC

Terri Tapia is the Early Childhood/ECLIPSE Instructional Coaching Lead Coordinator with the Central Region Educational Cooperative. She is from Santa Fe, New Mexico. She received her master’s degree in educational leadership from New Mexico Highlands University, graduating summa cum laude. Her philosophy for early childhood education (birth through age 8) centers on ensuring that each and every young child in New Mexico’s classrooms is ready to learn by having a strong sense of self, and feeling competent and capable. She believes that Practice-Based Coaching supports early childhood and elementary teachers in enhancing their teaching practices, which in turn, creates high-quality educational experiences for young children and students.

For the past 20+ years, Terri has led several educational programs including NAEYC Accredited Preschools, Tribal Head Start Programs, New Mexico’s Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System (FOCUS on Young Children’s Learning), and the development of the Early Childhood/ECLIPSE Instructional Coaching program, supporting over 800 early childhood and elementary educators across the state.

Katrina Gallegos, M.Ed.

Katrina Gallegos is an ECLIPSE/ECIC Coordinator for the Central Regional Educational Cooperative. She is from Albuquerque, New Mexico with a background in Early Childhood Education and a passion for supporting children, families, educators, and communities in New Mexico.

Katrina received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Eastern New Mexico University. She also attended Lesley University where she obtained a master’s degree in Integrating the Arts Across the Curriculum. Katrina taught Special Education for eight years for 3–4 year olds.  During this time, she designed and taught a Learning to Learn class that supported children on the autism spectrum.

Katrina is dedicated to supporting coaches and teachers with Practice-Based Coaching (PBC) to enhance teaching practices that support all students’ learning outcomes. Her strengths are in the areas of social emotional and literacy practices.  Katrina enjoys hosting the Connections: The Heart of Early Childhood Podcast.

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