The Early Learning Principal Instructional Coaching Program (ELPIC) is a grant-funded program through the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The two-year project has as its primary goal the development of competent instructional leaders that are committed to instructional coaching and professional learning communities to leverage change in PreK-4 learning environments. The mechanism for change is a modified Instructional Coaching Framework with a focus on PreK-4 learning. The model will allow principals to foster teachers’ coaching and teaching skills to build professional capacity across their learning communities.


ELPIC Venn Diagram

The goals of the Early Learning Principal Instructional Coaching Program (ELPIC) are to:

  • Build institutional partnerships between IHEs and LEAs to support both preservice and post-licensure principal development in PreK-4 environments.
  • Support preservice and post-licensure principals as they:
    • Develop effective coaching strategies for PreK-4 teachers to ensure a continuum of developmentally appropriate practice in their schools
    • Utilize professional learning communities to leverage change in their schools.
  • Build the capacity of preservice and post-licensure principals to increase teachers’ instructional performance across the PreK-8 learning experience.
  • Institutionalize sustained change among regional IHE and LEA partners around principal development.

ELPIC Advisory Council

  • Jacqueline Barnhart
    Director of Child Care
    Hatboro-Horsham School District

    Alexandra Patterson
    PHLPreK Intermediary Director
    Public Health Management Corporation
  • Donna Gaffney, Ed.D
    Director of Professional Learning
    Montgomery County IU

    Katie Rubinstein
    Director of Quality Initiatives
    Early Childhood Education
    Public Health Management
  • Steve Glaize
    Hallowell Elementary School

    Maria Schwab, Ed.D
    Assistant Professor
    Educational Policy and Leadership
    Cabrini University
  • Harry Gutelius, Ed.D
    Doctoral Program Coordinator
    College of Education
    Eastern University

    Jade Wallace, Ed.D.
    Workforce Development Coordinator
    Philadelphia Pre-K Initiative
    Mayor’s Office of Education
  • Carol Pate, Ed.D
    Vice President
    She’s It, LLC

    Mary Williams, Ed.D
    Professor of Education
    La Salle University
  • Carole Hoy, Ed.D.
    Bridgeport Elementary School

    Mary Graham
    Executive Director
    Children’s Village