In-School Coaching Program
There aren’t enough trained coaches to make one-on-one coaching have a scalable impact. Edge Foundation created an in-school coaching model that trains teachers to become coaches. Every school can have trained coaches, who can deliver meaningful coaching to those who need it most.
(Please note: If you are seeking one-on-one individual coaching for your child, please visit: https://edgefoundation.org/individual-coaching/)
What it is
The Edge Foundation, through its cadre of specially trained Edge Coaches, helps students realize their potential and pursue their passion.
This is especially true for at-risk students who have executive-function (EF) challenges. Edge Coaching provides the tools that a young person needs to develop resilience, perseverance, and grit.
How it Helps
Students develop their non-cognitive executive-function skills—the ability to plan, prioritize, stay on task, follow through, and be on time.
In addition to a dramatic change in attitude and attention, students exhibit up to a 48% reduction in problem behaviors and disciplinary actions, and show academic performance as high as a 0.85 GPA increase. Importantly, students will be on track to graduate from high school prepared to succeed at higher education. In fact, schools with Edge Coaching have achieved a 95% graduation rate.
Who Can Benefit
Our center of attention is students who exhibit a lack of focus in class, poor executive-function skills, disruptive classroom behavior, tardiness, absenteeism, skipping classes, behavior referrals, detention and suspension, failing classes, lagging behind in credits, and at risk of dropping out of school.
How Edge Coaching Works in Schools
Our coach selection process has been designed to make sure each individual is paired with a coach that he or she is excited about and comfortable with. Here’s how it works.
WHAT EDGE DOES
- Train staff to be Edge Coaches either in-person or virtually
- Provides initial training and follow-up sessions
- Provide fidelity management and quality control
- Evaluate student data
- Provide professional development training for all staff
WHAT THE SCHOOL DOES
- Identify students to receive Edge Coaching
- Identify teachers and staff to be trained as coaches
- Allocate staff time for coaching
- Provide student data
WHY IT WORKS
- One-on-one approach
- 20-30 minutes each week with each student
- Uses our non-directive questioning technique
- Focuses on empowering the student
- Trains students in executive functioning skills
- Provides the tools necessary for resilience, perseverance and grit
“…a natural fit with our work to help students take ownership of their learning and progress toward their academic goals.”
Jeff Petty, Principal, Big Picture High School
“The Edge Program understands how students like me think. Without Edge, I would be suspended or expelled from school all the time. Edge has taught me how to behave in school so I can listen and participate in class.”
Blessing, student, Giaudrone Middle School
“We learn to listen and ask the right questions…it would benefit all teachers to deal with students. It’s so simple.”
Laura Schlottman, Principal, Magnolia Science Academy, San Fernando, CA
“I credit my Edge coach with playing a major role in helping me overcome gang violence, poverty and homelessness to become the first member of my family to go to college.”
Vincenzo Di Salvo, Tacoma high school student
“The coaching our son received changed his life! The coaching techniques taught him to structure his activities and get them done. He now has a successful career. We found that the coaching component was an absolutely essential element.”
Parents of a student with ADHD
When a school’s teachers are trained as coaches, they can help ensure your student succeeds.
For executive function deficits, coaching is proven to be an effective addition to therapy and medication interventions. Ask your child’s school if they are training their staff to be executive function coaches.