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Edtech Advocacy &
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So You Think You Can Coach? EdTech Coaches Slam Their Best Tools

Explore and create
Pre-registration required

Explore and create : BYOD

Monday, June 24, 9:00–10:00 am
Location: 118C

Nicole Allien   Jamie Chenault   Kelli Coons   Casey Dailey   Samantha Duchscherer   Krystal Hightower   Stephanie Howell   Magdalena Ojeda   Emily Tighe   MaryEllen West  
Educational or instructional technology coaches can get tips, tricks and tools to use immediately in their districts. The focus will be on failures and the best tools and tips for coaching, collaboration and building capacity that came out of them.

Audience: Coaches, Professional developers
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees will need to have a working email account and need to understand the basics of Google Tools.
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Best practices and models for coaching
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Visionary Leadership
  • Contribute to the development, communication and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive use of technology to support a digital age education for all students.
  • Advocate for policies, procedures, programs and funding strategies to support implementation of the shared vision represented in the school and district technology plans and guidelines.
  • Implement strategies for initiating and sustaining technology innovations and manage the change process in schools and classrooms.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Presentation Attendees will leave with:
1. A connection to the PLN's of the coaches presenting.
2. An understanding of the core strategies that make an instructional technology coach successful.
3. An understanding of the 3 coaching tools shared with them and how to implement those tools.


1. Introductions and audience engagement (open response and peer to peer engagement, 10 mins).
2. Overview of our district backgrounds, district make up, and coaching beliefs (10 mins).
3. Introduction of coaching tool/tip 1, and the failure that inspired it's creation. Attendee time to play with tool (10 mins).
4. Introduction of coaching tool/tip 2, and the failure that inspired it's creation. Attendee time to play with tool (10 mins).
5. Introduction of coaching tool/tip 3, and the failure that inspired it's creation. Attendee time to play with tool (10 mins).
6. Wrap up, connections, resource share and peer to peer discussion (10 mins).

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Nicole Allien, Caddo Parish Public Schools
Jamie Chenault, Nelson County Schools
Kelli Coons, Spartanburg School District One

Kelli Coons is currently in her second year as a Dynamic Learning Project Coaching Fellow through Spartanburg District 1. With 12 years in education, Kelli has worked as a classroom teacher, instructional coach, and technology coach. Kelli is passionate about interactive professional development, effective technology integration, and student engagement. As one of the organizers of Edcamp Greenville in South Carolina, Kelli believes most strongly in teacher voice and choice through professional learning.

Casey Dailey, Pulaski County Special School District
Samantha Duchscherer, Jacksonville North Pulaski School Dis.
ISTE Certified

Samantha Duchscherer is the Instructional Technology Coordinator for Jacksonville North Pulaski School District in Jacksonville, Arkansas (just North of Little Rock). She is a former Language Arts and Social Studies teacher who began her teaching career in California. Samantha earned her Masters in Education in 2015 and her Google Trainer and Innovator certifications in 2016 and 2018. She specializes in all things Google, HyperDocs, digital design and sparking innovation in her students!

Krystal Hightower, JNPSD School District
Stephanie Howell, Pickerington Local School District
Magdalena Ojeda, Region One ESC
Emily Tighe, Fayette County Public Schools

Emily is a Digital Learning Coach at Jessie Clark Middle School in Lexington, Kentucky with Fayette County Public Schools. She is a former middle school Science teacher and an avid lover of technology, Diet Coke, the Kentucky Wildcats, musical theatre, pigs and glitter.

MaryEllen West, Gwinnett County Schools

MaryEllen West is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and Innovator, speaker, technology consultant, and staff development facilitator who holds an EdS in Educational Leadership. She is the creator of AutoMastery, a Forms add-on that automates differentiation. She works as a School Technology Coordinator in Gwinnett County Public Schools where she is also part of the Leadership Council. First as a teacher and now as a technology coordinator and speaker, she has spent her career focused on transforming and innovating education. Her passion is empowering and inspiring students and educators to take initiative and be change agents.

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