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Everyone Needs a Coach: Fostering Instructional Innovation Through the Dynamic Learning Project

Location: W186b

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Listen and learn : Panel


Wednesday, June 27, 10:30–11:30 am
Location: W186b

Kelli Coons   Heather Dowd   Christin Edge   Jornea Erwin   Danielle Johnson   Dee Lanier   Jennie Magiera   Emily Roth   Rachel Swanson  
As schools acquire technology, a digital-use divide is emerging that demonstrates gaps in how effectively tech is used. At the same time, many educators don’t have access to powerful instructional technology coaching. The Dynamic Learning Project addresses this with a replicable coaching program. This panel will share strategies, lessons and resources for powerful coaching.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: We will run an interactive Q&A platform that is web-based and can be used on any platform with any browser.
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Best practices and models for coaching
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Systemic Improvement
  • Lead purposeful change to maximize the achievement of learning goals through the appropriate use of technology and media-rich resources.
For Coaches:
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model incorporation of research-based best practices in instructional design when planning technology-enhanced learning experiences.
Content Knowledge and Professional Growth
  • Engage in continuous learning to deepen professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in organizational change and leadership, project management and adult learning to improve professional practice.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The challenge addressed is fostering school change through effective coaching, specifically addressing the digital use divide. Research has shown that despite having access to devices, low-income schools often demonstrate less powerful use of these tools. This has been correlated to a lack of in-school support, or coaching, for teachers to understand how to leverage technology to positively and powerfully impact student learning.
This session will explore this challenge and introduce the methods utilized in the pilot year of The Dynamic Learning Project (DLP). This is a collaborative effort funded by Google and led by Digital Promise with support from EdTechTeam. The program brought full-year, school-based coaches into 50 U.S. public schools during the 2017-2018 school year. DLP not only provided the salaries for these coaches, but also ongoing training and support for the coaches through a mentorship program. They received structures, strategies and training on how to effectively support their teachers.
By the end of this panel, participants will learn about:
Why is coaching so critical to school change and innovation?
How can you launch a coaching program in your school / district?
How can you fund coaches when there isn’t an existing budget?
What are some important features of a successful coaching program?
What trends / patterns did you see when it came to effective coaching methods?
What are some challenges / pitfalls of innovative coaching?
What makes an effective coach?
What advice do you have for teachers transitioning from the classroom to the coaching role?
How can principals and district leaders support an effective coaching program?

Outline

This will be a panel discussion.

Topics that will be discussed will be:

Why is coaching so critical to school change and innovation?
How can you launch a coaching program in your school / district?
How can you fund coaches when there isn’t an existing budget?
What are some important features of a successful coaching program?
What trends / patterns did you see when it came to effective coaching methods?
What are some challenges / pitfalls of innovative coaching?
What makes an effective coach?
What advice do you have for teachers transitioning from the classroom to the coaching role?
How can principals and district leaders support an effective coaching program?

The time breakdown for the session will be:
5 minute program intro
45 minutes panel discussion
15 minute interactive audience Q&A

The panelists and moderator will use an interactive digital Q&A system to engage the audience, gather questions and help them connect with one another. Digital notes will also be provided.

Supporting research

http://digitalpromise.org/initiative/dynamic-learning-project/research/
digitalpromise.org/initiative/dynamic-learning-project/

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Presenters

Kelli Coons, Spartanburg School District One
Heather Dowd, EdTechTeam

Heather Dowd, a Mentor with the Dynamic Learning Project, is a teacher who helps other teachers use technology in meaningful ways with students. She is a former physics/math teacher, instructional designer, and education technology coach who loves talking about science, digital citizenship, spreadsheets, and design.

Christin Edge, Spartanburg School District One
Jornea Erwin, Flipgrid
Dee Lanier, Charlotte Lab School
Jennie Magiera, EdTechTeam

Jennie Magiera, author of Courageous Edventures, is the Chief Program Officer for EdTechTeam focusing on diversity and equity in education. A White House Champion for Change, Apple Distinguished Educator, Google for Education Certified Innovator and TEDx Speaker, Jennie works to redefine teaching and learning through innovative new practices. Jennie is also passionate about redefining professional learning, having served on the Technical Working Group for the US Department of Education’s National Educational Technology Plan and co-founding PLAYDATE and other conference concepts. You can follow Jennie at @MsMagiera and learn more about her at bit.ly/edventuresbook.

Emily Roth, EdTechTeam
Rachel Swanson, Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundat

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