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Participate and share : Poster

Monday, June 24, 11:00 am–1:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 2

Mindy Ramon   Heather Van Looy  
To be an effective instructional coach your mission must include the superhero skills of organization, communication and collaboration. Learn how to power it ALL with the help of a OneNote Staff notebook. If your district subscribes to Office 365, you have access to this amazing tool!

Audience: Coaches, Professional developers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Office 365 for Education account
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Best practices and models for coaching
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Professional Development and Program Evaluation
  • Design, develop and implement technology-rich professional learning programs that model principles of adult learning and promote digital age best practices in teaching, learning and assessment.
  • Conduct needs assessments to inform the content and delivery of technology-related professional learning programs that result in a positive impact on student learning.
  • Evaluate results of professional learning programs to determine the effectiveness on deepening teacher content knowledge, improving teacher pedagogical skills and/or increasing student learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to help instructional coaches learn an effective way to manage the coaching process. OneNote is an effective tool to capture and organize a lot of information. OneNote Staff Notebooks have a personal workspace for every staff member or teacher, a content library for shared information, and a collaboration space for everyone to work together, all within one notebook.

At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to:
• Identify the three main stages of the coaching cycle and the associated steps
• Create a Staff Notebook in OneNote
• Setup sections/pages in the "Content Library" with resources that all coachees will be able to access
• Setup sections/pages in the coachee private notebooks to document goals, share lesson observations and feedback, provide teaching strategies, reflect on progress and more.
• Turn on the "Leader only" section and understand what types of resources would be placed in that area
• Use OneNote to type notes, insert video/pictures taken during lesson observations, record audio for feedback, and insert documents.


1. Introduction of presenters and overview of the session. Explain objectives. Provide info on how to submit questions throughout the session via and how to like questions that others submitted. This will help us gauge which questions to be sure to address. (5 minutes)

 2. Provide background information on Jim Knight's Impact Cycle (step by step process for instructional coaching) and play short related video. Define the three steps: Identify, Learn, and Improve. Talk about the data, documentation, and record keeping that happens during each step in the cycle. Have participants add other ideas in a poll. (10 minutes)

 3. Introduce the basics of OneNote Staff notebook. Poll the audience in to find out their prior experience with OneNote. Discuss the four main parts of a staff notebook: Collaboration Space, Content library, Leader Only, and Private notebooks for each coachee. Show examples of two different Staff Notebooks. Highlight individual sections/pages/artifacts from each step in the coaching cycle. (10 minutes)

 4. Hear from a Fulton County coach and a coachee about the impact OneNote had on their work and how it has improved their collaboration. Recorded videos will be used for this part. (5 minutes)

 5. Walk participants through the process of setting up a Staff Notebook. We will show how to create the notebook and the private sections. Demonstrate how to add notes, documents, videos, and audio to the notebook pages. Participants can follow along on their device. We will be sure to highlight how to add the documents/pieces of information that the participants entered during #2 above along with what is suggested in the Impact Cycle (20 minutes)

 6. Quick game to reflect and summarize. Share OneNote course on the Microsoft Educator community as a way to learn more. Q&A. (10 minutes)

Supporting research

Jim Knight book: The Impact Cycle: What Coaches Should Do to Foster Powerful Improvments in Teaching

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Mindy Ramon, Fulton County Schools
Heather Van Looy, Fulton County Schools

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