Ed Tech Coaches Playground: Which Hats Do You Wear?

Location: Room Hemisfair Ballroom Foyer

Explore and create

[Explore and create : Playground]

Tuesday, June 27, 9:30 am–1:00 pm
Location: Room Hemisfair Ballroom Foyer

Chris Biagiarelli   Suzy Brooks   Michelle Brummond   Danna Bruns   Angela Burgess   Jennifer Byrd   Charity Cartland   Rebecca Chambers   Jancey Clark   Melissa Cleaver   Heather Cox   Michele Curcio   Kim Darche   Cicely Day   Katherine Degar   Alissa DeVito   Annie Forest   Mandy Froehlich   Charles Futrell   Gregory Gilmore   Katherine Goyette   Michelle Green   Jessa Henderson   Melissa Henning   Jennifer Hervada   Amy Johns   Adam Juarez   Adam Juarez   Anne Kamper   Tara Linney   Mason Mason   Tammy McLain   Deanna Nelson   Dr. Ruth Okoye   Ann Oro   Fanny Passeport   Charles Randolph   Andrea Rioux   Allie Schultze   Paula Setser-Kissick   Pam Shoemaker   Katie Siemer   Charri Stratton   Karen Streeter   Dr. Nicole Stulak   Knikole Taylor   Colleen Terrill   Alyssa Tormala   Dr. Jo Williamson   Lance Wren   Nicole Zumpano  
Discover strategies for juggling the many hats edtech coaches wear — coach, mentor, tech guru, trainer — and we'll make sure we have one that fits you!

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Best practice and models for coaching
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: Coaches : Digital age learning environments
Coaches : Professional development and program evaluation
Coaches : Content knowledge and professional growth
Additional detail: Leadership strand session

Digital tote resources

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to provide an opportunity for those who serve as Ed Tech Coaches to receive professional development on coaching strategies. As the role of a coach changes from school district to school district, many different models for the position exist. Additionally, the amount of support available for those in this role varies greatly. Typically the one to give PD, the coach rarely has a chance to learn strategies for best practice in their position. Many coaches have come to this session in the past with a desire to better help their teachers, and have come away with strategies to do just that. Our objectives in this session are threefold:
Provide an opportunity for coaches to learn more about the act of coaching
Share new and innovative uses of technology
Create a solution set for various coaching scenarios which coaches will be able to apply to their own settings


Our plan is to use the same open type agenda that we have for the past few years as it has shown to be successful. We plan to have 8 poster-type presentations for an hour and then change presentations for three iterations. Our playground has been scheduled for Tuesday morning from 9:30AM - 1PM for the past few years. That length seems to work, we would choose to do that again.

Supporting research

Orlando, J. (2014). Teachers’ changing practices with information and communication technologies: an up-close, longitudinal analysis. Research In Learning Technology, 22. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v22.21354
Aguilar, Elena, Davina Goldwasser, and Kristina Tank-Crestetto. "Support Principals, Transform Schools." Educational Leadership 69.2 (2011): 70-73.
Knight, J. (2009). Coaching: Approaches and perspectives. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press.
Sheninger, E. (n.d.). Digital leadership: Changing paradigms for changing times.
Aguilar, Elena (2013). The art of coaching: effective strategies for school transformation. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.



Chris Biagiarelli, Chesterfield County Public Schools

Suzy Brooks, Mashpee Schools/Technically Invisible

Suzy Brooks is now the Director of Instructional Technology for Mashpee Public Schools after 10 years as an elementary teacher. She provides professional development and hands-on workshops for educators at local, regional and national venues. Her work in blended learning, student engagement, and social media has been featured by EdWeek, NBC News’ Education Nation, Instructor Magazine, Intel, ASCD, and the NEA. Currently, Suzy is the President-Elect for the Massachusetts affiliate of ASCD and is a 2011 MassCUE Pathfinder.

Michelle Brummond, ACPS

Danna Bruns, Jackson R2

Angela Burgess, Forsyth Co Schools

I am a French teacher turned ITS at Lambert High School in Forsyth County Schools but will begin a new role as District ITS for Secondary Schools in July. I am also a Google Certified Educator: Level 2 who is passionate about learning new ways to accomplish my goals and making technology as much a part of school as it is in our daily lives. That includes knowing and teaching that everything has a time and place, that technology is not a panacea for all of your education woes, and that being a responsible digital citizen is vital to your future.

Jennifer Byrd, Lexington School District One

Charity Cartland, Sheboygan Area School District

Rebecca Chambers, Omaha Public Schools

Jancey Clark, American International School in Riyadh

Originally from Charlotte, NC, Jancey Clark has been teaching and coaching in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for the past 7 years. She is passionate about giving both students and teachers a choice in what they learn and a voice in how they share it. She loves learning about learning with other educators around the world, and sharing and reflecting on her own learning. Connect with Jancey on social media to see innovative teaching and learning in action: Twitter (@jancey5), Instagram (espln), and Snapchat (espln).

Melissa Cleaver, Omaha Public Schools

Melissa Cleaver has been an educator for over 20 years in both elementary, secondary and higher ed settings. She was awarded Nebraska Elementary Art Educator of the Year in 2010 by Nebraska Art Educator Association (NATA). After receiving her Masters in School Administration she served as a CADRE Associate and adjunct instructor at University of Nebraska at Omaha in College of Education. She currently is a district Instructional Technology certified project coordinator.

Heather Cox, Microsoft

Michele Curcio, Downingtown Area School District

Kim Darche, SD113A

Kim Darche is a learner above all else and enjoys sharing her learning discoveries with other teachers, students and administration. As Digital Learning Coach from Lemont School District 113A and through past experiences she has been lucky enough to spread a joy for growth with others. She is passionate about individualized learning and leveraging devices to build that within classrooms. She also is an Adjunct Professor at the University of St. Francis and serves as the Professional Development Chair for the Illinois Computing Educators. Connecting and growing with educators is where her passion, mission, profession, and vocation all intersect!

Cicely Day, West Contra Costa School

Katherine Degar, Crossroads Intermediate School, Lexingto

Alissa DeVito, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Alissa DeVito is the Associate Director of Educational Technology for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools. Alissa collaborates with over 70 elementary and secondary schools to foster meaningful digital collaboration and seamless technology integration. You can follow Alissa on Twitter @alissa_devito

Annie Forest, Berwyn South District 100

Annie became an K-8 instructional coach after teaching middle school math for 12 years. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, received the 2014 Illinois Council of Teachers of Mathematics (ICTM) Award for Middle School Teaching, and is now on the board of directors for ICTM. Annie is passionate about giving all students an equitable mathematics education, incorporating purposeful technology, and teacher collaboration and reflection. She blogs about math, coaching, and education at www.showyourthinkingmath.blogspot.com.

Mandy Froehlich, Ripon Area School District

Mandy Froehlich is the Director of Innovation and Technology for the Ripon School District in Wisconsin where she supports educators in creating innovative change in their classrooms. She is an adjunct for UW-Oshkosh in Instructional Technology, and believes that teaching pre-service teachers the power of growing their PLN and innovative thinking is one of the most powerful ways to support the future of education. In addition, Mandy is the Public Relations Coordinator for edCamp Oshkosh. She consults with districts in the effective use of technology to support learning, and has presented at conferences such as Midwest Google Summit and TIES.

Charles Futrell, Chesterfield County Public Schools

Gregory Gilmore, Fort Osage R-1

Gregory Gilmore currently serves as the Instructional Technology Coach for Osage Trail Middle School in the Fort Osage R-1 School District. His previous teaching assignments include elementary library and music in grades 5-12. He has presented at the MOREnet, Missouri Choral Directors Association, METC, and Iowa 1:1 conferences. He has also presented ISTE Professional Learning Series Webinars, and has contributed to EdTech Coaches PLN activities held during ISTE Conferences. Mr. Gilmore joined the ISTE EdTech Coaches PLN Leadership team in June 2015 and will serve as the PLN President beginning in July 2017.

Katherine Goyette, Tulare County Office of Education

Katherine Goyette is a Consultant for Educational Technology & Integrated Studies at Tulare County Office of Education, where she works to develop professional capacity of educators at all levels. Formerly, Katherine was a Curriculum Support Provider, coaching teachers to promote student digital literacy. As an elementary teacher Katherine integrated technology as a 1:1 iPad pilot grant recipient. Katherine is a Google Certified Innovator, passionate about sparking innovation through collaborative connections. Katherine was a finalist for the 2016 CUE LeRoy Finkel fellowship. #cvtechtalk #techrodeo #siteleadsconnect www.wonderexplorelearn.com

Michelle Green, Indiana DOE

Jessa Henderson, Alexandria City Public Schools

Melissa Henning, The Source for Learning

Melissa Henning is the Educational Content Manager for Source For Learning. Melissa has over 18 years of experience as an elementary teacher, gifted education specialist, conference presenter, content manager, and online technology coach. Melissa is on the leadership for the ISTE Ed Tech Coaches Professional Learning Network. She has presented at ISTE, FETC, PETE & C, Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education, and the National Association of Elementary School Principals.

Jennifer Hervada, DASD

Amy Johns, Fayette County Public Schools

Adam Juarez, Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District

Adam Juarez, Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified

Tech Integration Coach (6-12) for Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District in rural Central California. Google Certified Educator and Trainer. Co-Founder of Twitter chat #cvtechtalk. 2017 CUE Leroy Finkel Fellowship Finalist. Founder of the Cardinal Innovation Center @techcoachjuarez techcoachjuarez.com cardinainnovationcenter.org

Anne Kamper, North Garland High School/Garland ISD

12 years in Education from Secondary and Elementary Science and Career & Technology background. Currently the Ready 1:1 Instructional Coach at a High School campus. Working with teachers implementing 1:1 I-Pads in the classroom.

Tara Linney, American School of Paris

Mason Mason, Apple

Mason is an Education Technology National Instructor with EdTechTeacher, Inc. He is a former Apple, Inc. employee, secondary English teacher, and Education Technology Instructional Coach who has a passion for transforming teaching and learning through technology integration. In addition, he is passionate about closing the achievement and opportunity gaps through digital equity.

Tammy McLain, Dimmitt ISD

Deanna Nelson, Sheboygan Area School District

Dr. Ruth Okoye, The Source for Learning

Dr. Ruth Okoye is the Director of K12 Initiatives at The Source for Learning. She has over 20 years of experience using technology in the classroom as a reading specialist and technology coach.

Ann Oro, Archdiocese of Newark NJ Schools Office

Fanny Passeport, Mercedes-Benz International School

Fanny Passeport is the Whole-School EdTech Coach at Mercedes-Benz International School in Pune, India. She is a Google Certified Trainer, Educator, Innovator as well as a Common Sense Education Certified Educator / Digital Citizenship and EdTech Mentor. She is also a Google Innovator Mentor and a Seesaw Ambassador. She recently won two ISTE awards: ISTE 2016 Emerging Leader Award and ISTE EdTech Coaches Professional Learning Network Coach. She frequently presents at international summits, is full of energy and absolutely love to empower other educators and students in becoming the true agent of their own learning by daring to take risks!

Charles Randolph, Arlington Public Schools

Andrea Rioux, Fultons Schools

Allie Schultze, Baldwin County Public Schools

Paula Setser-Kissick, Fayette County Public Schools

Paula is a District Technology Resource Teacher for Fayette County Public Schools in Lexington, KY. She serves as the district's Digital Citizenship Coordinator, and provides professional development and support for educators in the areas of instructional technology. A former elementary Library Media Specialist and high school English teacher, she is also a Google Certified Educator, Level 2.

Pam Shoemaker, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools

Katie Siemer, Forward Edge

Katie currently serves as the Director for Curriculum & Technology Integration at Forward Edge, working closely with district leaders to help them identify needs of their staff, plan PD and implement the PD with teachers. Before joining Forward Edge, she worked in adult education, oversaw 7-12th grade students in alternative school, served as Director of Educational Technology for a private, 1:1 high school, and an Integration Specialist at the district level in a large, public district in Ohio. Currently, she is the President of the EdTech Coaches Network, Co-Leader of GEGOhio and is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer.

Charri Stratton, Putnam City Schools

Karen Streeter, Cogent TLC, LLC

Karen coordinates K12 Professional Learning Initiatives for the Source for Learning. She is a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer, certified technical trainer, and Microsoft Certified Educator (MCE). In her previous role as Instructional Technology & Media Services Supervisor, she established and led technology training programs, designed training interventions and classroom resources, established an Ed Tech Coaching team and implemented several projects, including 1:1, resulting in classroom pedagogical shifts to positively impact student achievement. Karen is active in edtech consortia and has served as Chair of Hampton Roads' Regional Consortium for Interactive Instruction (CII) and Vice Chair of VSTE’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Nicole Stulak, Downingtown Area School District

Knikole Taylor, Life School

Colleen Terrill, Seekonk Public Schools

Colleen Terrill has over 17 years’ experience in education as a classroom teacher and more recently the Instructional Technology Director for Mashpee Public Schools. She has worked to develop and oversee the implementation of a 1:1 iPad/Chromebook initiative for students grades 3-12 and a 2:1 initiative for Kindergarten through second grade. Colleen provides professional development and support to teachers and students.

Alyssa Tormala, Jesuit High School

Alyssa Tormala is the Instructional Technology Coach and the Information Science Department Chair at St. Mary's Academy in Portland, Oregon. Before leaping into the education field, Tormala received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and practiced law for over six years. Tormala is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Apple Learning Specialist and Apple Teacher. She frequently speaks at local and national educational technology conferences and also currently serves as an adjunct instructor on educational technology at Concordia University's College of Education. When not at school, Tormala enjoys time with her husband and daughter, her dog, two cats and five horses.

Dr. Jo Williamson, Kennesaw State University

Lance Wren, Orange Unified School District

Nicole Zumpano, Learning Technology Center of Illinois

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