Read to Succeed Buffalo (RTSB) early literacy intervention specialists Amy Toy of West Seneca and Beth Wilk of Hamburg recently completed the New York State Training and Technical Assistance Credential – Coaching concentration from the New York Association for the Education of Young Children (NYAEYC).

Ms. Toy and Ms. Wilk are tenured early literacy intervention specialists with Read to Succeed Buffalo, administering an evidence based coaching program in partnership with child care providers and Head Start teachers with a goal of increasing language and literacy development of the children in those environments. 

The New York State Training and Technical Assistance Professional Credential focuses on professional development through the teachings of core beliefs, coaching core values and training in various content areas, including relationship building and communication, adult learning theory, facilitating learning and results, and assessing success of the coaching partnership among others.

NYAEYC defines coaching as “a relationship-based process led by an expert with specialized and adult learning knowledge and skills, who often serves in a different professional role than the recipient(s). Coaching is designed to build capacity for specific professional dispositions, skills and behaviors and is focused on goal setting and achievement for an individual or group.

“This credential is a monumental accomplishment and a recognition that RTSB staff embody the core values of relationship-based coaching, professional development and continuous quality improvement., I want to congratulate Amy and Beth, for achieving this milestone and for putting their skills to work every day in Buffalo to improve the quality of care for our youngest learners. ” said Anne Ryan, RTSB Executive Director.

Visit here to learn more about the NYAEYC credential.