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Edtech Coaches Playground: Helping Teachers Grow

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Explore and create : Playground

Tuesday, June 25, 9:30 am–1:00 pm
Location: Playground C, Street Level, Broad Street Atrium

Dr. Robbie Barber   Meredith Bates   Kevin Bower   Suzy Brooks   Danna Bruns   Michele Curcio   Kim Darche   Ruth Davis   Alissa DeVito   Dr. Virginia Duncan   Melissa Englert   Tyler Erwin   Leslie Fagin   Tami Flood   Amber Franzdorf   Gregory Gilmore   Kristin Harrington   Marie Henderson   Melissa Henning   Jennifer Hervada   Kathleen Kersznowski   Mary Knight   Rachel Langenhorst   Stacey Lindes   Kimberly Lowden   Heather Marrs   Jamie Morris   Dr. Ruth Okoye   Ann Oro   Kelsey Pacer   Becky Poljac   Charles Randolph   Katie Ritter   Teresa Rizzo   Michael Roush   James Russell   Allie Schultze   Pam Shoemaker   Margaret Sisler   Jaclyn Stevens   Karen Streeter   Dr. Nicole Stulak   Don Sturm   Colleen Terrill   Jeannie Timken   Stacy Tippens   Steve Wick   Gillian Wilson   Melissa Young   Heather Zeigler  
Coaches will discover ways to deepen professional knowledge and improve professional practice. We'll share tools and strategies that help facilitate the integration of technology and promote transformational change. Plan to collaborate and share successful strategies assisting one another as we pursue rigorous, relevant and engaging learning experiences for all students.

Audience: Coaches, Professional developers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Best practices and models for coaching
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
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.
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Model effective classroom management and collaborative learning strategies to maximize teacher and student use of digital tools and resources and access to technology-rich learning environments.
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.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to provide an opportunity for those who serve as Edtech 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


We will plan to have 6-8 poster sessions and two "campfire" discussion areas that rotate every hour. Topics will include coaching models, strategies and tools that our mentor coaches have found successful. Participants will be free to engage in discussion with the mentor coaches throughout the designated presentation time.

Supporting research

ISTE Standards for Coaches. (n.d.). Retrieved September 19, 2017, from
Crompton, H. (2015, May 13). Know the ISTE Standards for Coaches: Support learning with technology [Web log post]. Retrieved September 19, 2017, from the ISTE Standards for Coaches%3a Support learning with technology
Douglas, T., & Snelling, J. (2017, April 1). Understanding the roles of tech, instructional coaches and how they are evolving. Entrsekt. Retrieved September 19, 2017, from the roles of tech%2c instructional coaches and how they are evolving
Orlando, J. (2014). Teachers’ changing practices with information and communication technologies: an up-close, longitudinal analysis. Research In Learning Technology, 22. doi:
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.

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Dr. Robbie Barber, Tucker High School

Ms. Barber is an electrical engineer from Ga. Tech who wandered into a school library. She works with high school students and teachers on finding the best resources, using the technology available and locating the perfect book. Ms. Barber does classes & presentations on tech-infused ideas in the classroom.

Meredith Bates, Cabarrus County Schools
Kevin Bower, The Source for Learning
Suzy Brooks, Mashpee Schools/Technically Invisible

Nationally recognized as a teacher leader, Suzy Brooks is the Director of Instructional Technology for Mashpee Public Schools and President of Massachusetts ASCD. Her work in blended learning, student engagement and social media has been featured by EdWeek, NBC News’ Education Nation, Instructor Magazine, EdSurge, Tech&Learning, Intel, ASCD, and the NEA. She is the co-author of a new book in the #LeadForward series - Modern Mentors: Reimagining Teacher Leadership and speaks nationally as the founder of Technically Invisible.

Danna Bruns, Jackson R2
Michele Curcio, Downingtown Area School District
Kim Darche, SD113A
Ruth Davis, Roxbury Public Schools

Ruth Davis has been the Technology Integration Specialist at Roxbury Public Schools, NJ since 2014 and will transition into the Supervisor of Technology Integration in Mahwah Public Schools, NJ in July 2019. She is passionate about connecting with educators to help them better their best as they grow professionally and to help them discover innovative ways to utilize technology to better prepare students with skills necessary for success in their future. She believes that filling our crayon boxes with various shades of technology allows educators to guide students in creating a colorful picture that brings learning to life.

Alissa DeVito, Archdiocese of Philadelphia

Alissa DeVito is the Associate Director of Educational Technology, PreK-12 for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia Schools. Alissa works with school in the 5 southeastern corner of PA to drive meaningful technology integration. Alissa is the proud graduate of DeSales University (B.A. in Elementary Education) and Boise State University (Instructional Technology K-12 Masters Certification). She is currently pursuing a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership at Holy Family University. In her downtime, Alissa enjoys spending time with her 2 year old son and reading! Follow her on Twitter: @alissa_devito

Dr. Virginia Duncan, Garden City High School

Dr. Virginia Duncan has been an Instructional and Technology Coach since August of 2011. Ginny is most passionate about helping teachers through their professional journey. She loves assisting teachers in their individual professional growth and helping them become teacher leaders. Ginny has worked to transform Professional Learning at her school site. She continues to refine the school’s professional learning plan with innovative professional learning ideas and environments.

Melissa Englert, Liberty Public Schools
Tyler Erwin,
Leslie Fagin, Griffin Spalding County Schools

Leslie Fagin is an Instructional Technology Coach in Georgia where she works with secondary school teachers on effective technology integration. She’s a Google for Education Certified Innovator, Google for Education Certified Trainer, Google Certified Educator Level 1 and 2, Seesaw Ambassador, Nearpod Certified Educator, and Flipgrid Certified Educator. She is the President Elect of the ISTE Edtech Coaches PLN. She was recognized as the ISTE Edtech Coaches PLN Award Winner for 2017. Her most recent projects is that of creator of Ernie’s Mobile STEAM Lab - a school bus turned STEAM lab with hands on STEAM educational activities for students.

Tami Flood, CHS

For the past 20 years, Tami Flood (aka Tech Tami), has taught high school social studies in a diverse suburban school district in Pennsylvania. Tami has worked with thousands of students, and as a result, has gained valuable experiences in differentiated instruction, project-based and Flipped Learning. Currently, Ms. Flood is serving as the Canvas Lead Teacher/ Canvas Administrator and instructional technology integrator. Recently, she also began consulting with her company, InnovatEd Learning. “Tech Tami” is a Google Certified Educator and Trainer, Newsela Certified Educator, Nearpod Certified Educator, EdPuzzle Coach; has a Masters in Education and a second masters in Educational Administration - Curriculum & Instruction.

Amber Franzdorf, Bryan City Schools
Gregory Gilmore, Fort Osage R-1

Gregory is an Edtech Coach to teachers and leaders in grades K-8 and is fortunate to have the opportunity to apply this experience while serving on the leadership team of the Edtech Coaches PLN over the past four years. His latest ISTE project is collaborating with the Technical Working Group tasked to lead the process of refreshing the ISTE Coaching Standards.

Kristin Harrington, Flagler County Schools

Kristin Harrington is an Ed Tech Coach for Flagler County School District in Palm Coast, Fl. She has a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and Instructional Design from the University of Florida. Kristin is an author for ISTE's Empowered Learner Magazine, as well as the ISTE Blog. She is a PLN Leader for the ISTE Learning Spaces Network, as well as a contributor to the ISTE Standards Community and Ed Tech Coaches Network. She is also the Co-Founder of Edcamp St. Augustine and Edcamp Flagler, and a moderator for #FLedChat on Twitter.

Marie Henderson, USD 489 Hays Schools

Marie Henderson is the Instructional Technology Specialist for Hays Unified School District in Hays, KS where she serves local teachers as a technology trainer and instructional coach. She facilitates more than 50 in-person trainings a year for district staff and presents at state and national technology conferences. She’s passionate about adult learning theory and empowering adults to implement student-centered, research-based instructional practices. In her free time, she’s a wine enthusiast, sings in two local ensembles, and enjoys activities at her church.

Melissa Henning, The Source for Learning
Kathleen Kersznowski, Washington Township Public Schools
Mary Knight, Flagstaff Unified School District
Rachel Langenhorst, Rock Valley Community School
Stacey Lindes, West Windsor-Plainsboro
Kimberly Lowden, West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District
Heather Marrs, Eagle Rock Elementary
Jamie Morris, Bryan City Schools
Dr. Ruth Okoye, The Source for Learning
Ann Oro, Archdiocese of Newark Schools
ISTE Certified
Kelsey Pacer, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Becky Poljac, Chesterfield County Public Schools

Becky is currently a technology specialist with Chesterfield County in Midlothian, VA. She supports two elementary schools. Prior to being a technology integrator she was a high school educator. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, gardening and visiting local breweries.

Charles Randolph, Arlington Public Schools
Katie Ritter, Forward Edge
Teresa Rizzo, Wadsworth Elementary
Michael Roush, Forward Edge
James Russell
ISTE Certified
Allie Schultze, Baldwin County Public Schools
Pam Shoemaker, Walled Lake Consolidated Schools
Margaret Sisler, Fairfax County Public Schools
Jaclyn Stevens, Friday Institute for Ed. Innovation

Jaclyn B. Stevens is a Digital Learning Coach and Research Scholar at The William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University. As a coach, Jaclyn supports educators and leaders in adaptive student-centered approaches to provide concrete, quality, purposeful, reflective and on-the-ground personalized learning supported through technology to work towards equity for all learners. Her mantra is to adapt, not adopt - fostering digital initiatives to transform professional learning through changes in pedagogical shifts and meeting the needs of all learners to champion creativity and innovation. Follow @jaclynbstevens and learn more at

Karen Streeter, Cogent TLC, LLC
Dr. Nicole Stulak, Downingtown Area School District
Don Sturm, Morton CUSD #709
Colleen Terrill, Mashpee Public Schools
Jeannie Timken, New Hanover County Schools
Stacy Tippens, The Madeira School
Steve Wick, Neuqua Valley High School
Gillian Wilson, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Melissa Young, Chillicothe R-II School District
Heather Zeigler, Flagstaff Unified School District

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