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Emotional Support for Coaches

Free to Parent Aware Coaches and PDAs!

NOTE: If you are a Parent Aware coach or PDA registering for this training, please use the code PAware on the payment page--insert this code in the appropriate box. Eligibility will be confirmed with DHS and the CCA Coordinating office before your registration is accepted.

Training Description

What do you notice as you are coaching teachers to create happy classrooms where children feel a sense of ownership, belonging, and comfort? Do you see smiles, strong relationships, children developing a sense of comfort and leadership, and teachers affirming feelings even when children are angry or frustrated? Or do you sometimes observe adults “going through the motions” or hesitant to give up a plan in order to follow the children’s interest? You may see all of the above depending on the classroom, time of day, or group.

The CLASS™ measures Emotional Support in four dimensions: Positive Climate, Negative Climate, Teacher Sensitivity, and Regard for Student Perspective. If you support teachers as a coach or in a related role, join us to take an in-depth look at the four Emotional Support dimensions. Together, we will explore ways to support teachers in everyday classroom routines. The session will include video paired with opportunities to practice coaching strategies that build quality in this domain that makes a critical difference for children’s social-emotional and academic success.

Who is this session for? This session is for anyone who supports teachers in their work—coaches, administrators, program leaders, etc. The session is built on knowledge of the Classroom Assessment and Scoring System (CLASS™) and so participants must be reliable on the CLASS™ tool.

Prerequisites to attend this training are to:

Out-of-state participants are welcome at this training.

If you are interested in having a customized training on the Pre-K CLASS™ Instruction Support domain, please contact Kristina Erstad-Sankey at 612-625-6397 or

Maximum number of participants: 30

Cost: $100

Hours: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

Lunch is not included; however, a lunch break will be provided.

Registration for Upcoming Scheduled Trainings

  • St. Paul, MN, June 15, 2017. University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus, BioSciences Building, Room 64, 1445 Gortner Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55108. Parking and directions. Register online. Register by Monday, June 12.

Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel your registration at least one month before the start date of the training, a full refund will be made.
  • If you cancel your registration less than one month before the start date of the training, no refund will be given and instead you have the option of deferring your participation to a later training.
  • Contact Karen Anderson ( or 612-625-6617) to make the request..

Related Resources

CEED Quality Interaction Video Library

Purchase a subscription to view and download video clips that provide Minnesota-specific examples of strategies and teaching and which measure concepts of quality interactions. For use in quality coaching by Minnesota Center for Professional Development approved early childhood professional development providers only. For Minnesota residents and organizations only. 

Read more about the Video Library and purchase a subscription.

CLASS™ Modules

Choose between viewing these learning modules for free or earning a continuing education certificate for 1 clock hour towards professional development by completing a pre- and post-test and viewing a learning module.


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