TLC (Teachers Learning & Collaborating) Facilitators Training


Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 8:30 AM CST
Friday, February 15, 2019 at 3:30 PM CST

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Illinois Head Start Association (IHSA) Training Facility

3435 Liberty Drive

Springfield, IL 62704

Registration Fee:

Member Registration Fee: $295.00 per person 

5 or more Registration from the same Agency—$270.00

Non-Member Registration Fee—$445.00

Lite continental breakfast and lunch provided both days


Michelle Iocca 
Illinois Head Start Association 

Hotel Information

If you need a sleeping room, IHSA recommends the following hotels that are close to the IHSA Training Facility:

Courtyard by Marriott / 3462 Freedom Drive / 217-793-5300

Fairfield Inn / 3446 Freedom Drive / 217-793-9277

Staybridge Suites / 4231 Schooner Dr / 217-793-6700

Hampton Inn and  Suites / 2300 Chuckwagon Dr. / 217-793-7670

TLC Presenters:

Jan Brown, Early Childhood Specialist 

Office of Head Start   |  Training and Technical Assistance Center – Region V/Illinois  |  STG International, Inc.

Jan Brown has been in the field of Early Childhood for 35+ years with 25 of those in a Head Start program and most recently working in the Region V T/TA Network. I have held several positions in Head Start program from the classroom level to management level while wearing many hats throughout the years. I have also designed and implemented coaching systems to support classroom teachers.  I graduated with a BS and MS in Early Childhood Education from SIU Carbondale. As a life-long learner, I am committed to growth both personally and professionally. 


Verlinda Sims, Early Childhood Specialist 

Office of Head Start   |  Training and Technical Assistance Center – Region V/Illinois  |  STG International, Inc.

Verlinda has worked in the early childhood field for 30 years 24 of them have been with Head Start. Her experience in Head Start includes being a teacher, director and Education manager. She has been part of Region V TTA system for 7 years. She holds a Master of Education in Early Childhood Administration from National Louis University. 


Led by STGi Early Childhood Specialists, this 2-day training is intended for TLC Facilitators, designed as a Train the Trainer for those who will be directly leading the TLC sessions.

This 2-day training is intended for those who will be TLC Facilitators, as a group coaching option supporting the Practice Based Coaching Model. Together Learning & Collaborating (TLC) is a unique Practice-Based Coaching approach, to support teachers and home visitors to improve education practices. TLC is a group format of the Practice-Based Coaching model which includes self, peer, and expert coaching components, creating collaborative teaching communities for ongoing professional development. This session is for those interested in facilitating TLCs in their program to support center-based Head Start or Early Head Start classrooms and/or home visitor staff.
The Together, Learning and Collaborating (TLC), formerly Teachers, Learning and Collaborating, is a group format Practice-Based Coaching model for ongoing professional development. This approach can be used across different types of programs and age groups, including center-based, school-based, and home-based programs. The method pairs a small group of teachers with a trained facilitator who helps them use evidence-based strategies to improve children’s learning and development. Both teachers and facilitators are trained in a framework for understanding classroom quality, which gives them a shared understanding of the objectives of their work together.
Participants will select Home-Based or Center-Based focus as part of the registration process.


  • A group format Practice-Based Coaching model for ongoing professional development
  • Combines different types of coaching: expert (trained facilitator), peer (fellow participants), and self (participant) coaching
  • In-person participant work groups led by trained facilitators, supported by independent classroom video recordings, and guided by group discussions on practices
  • Process to focus on teaching practice using video recording, reflection, group and individual feedback
  • Cost-effective way to provide group coaching using a ‘content ready’ approach.

Intended Audience

TLCs are designed as a group-coaching approach for programs implementing Practice Based Coaching as their research-based coaching model. At the conclusion of this training event, all participants will be trained to facilitate TLC groups within their organization.

TLC Facilitators can be education managers, coaches, or other staff who support teachers within your program or grantee.The facilitator makes a commitment to facilitating TLC sessions throughout the school year. TLC Facilitators should plan to commit 12–15 hours/month to prepare for sessions, to conduct individual teacher meetings and to lead the TLC process.

TLC Facilitator Training Overview

  • Day1:– What are TLCs – the nutshell version– How TLCs relate to larger professional development context – Orientation to support materials you will use– In depth discussion of TLC process– Strategies for effective TLC facilitation
  • Day2:– Prepare and practice delivering TLC components– Next steps: Support for facilitators this year? – Q & A

In addition to this event, Training for TLC Facilitators includes:

  • instruction to lead group discussions, how to promote intentional video recording, and how to coach participants
  • the TLC Facilitation Manual, TLC Session Guides, and support to implement the TLCs

TLC Learning Outcomes

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

1. Identify links between TLC and other Professional Development

2. Identify steps of TLC process and supporting materials

3. Practice TLC facilitation strategies

4. Demonstrate the feedback process

5. Identify ongoing support needs and strategies to support TLC