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The Ripple Effect of Coaching: Data, Stories & Strategies From Dynamic Learning Project

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Listen and learn : Panel


Monday, June 24, 3:00–4:00 pm
Location: Ballroom A: Level 3 (access from escalators in Registration area in Grand Hall on Level 2)

Heather Dowd   Teresa Engler   shannon Hill   Danielle Johnson   Dee Lanier   Jennie Magiera   Emily Roth  
There's a second level digital divide happening in schools. It is the impactful use of technology on learning. Additionally, 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 impactful coaching.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Coaches, Principals/head teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
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:
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.
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model incorporation of research-based best practices in instructional design when planning technology-enhanced learning experiences.

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 second year of The Dynamic Learning Project (DLP). This is a collaborative effort funded by Google and led by Digital Promise with support from EdTechTeam. There are now 101 U.S. public schools during the 2018-2019 school year. DLP provides program content as well as ongoing training and support for the coaches through a mentorship program. They receive 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

Fostering Powerful Use of Technology
Through Instructional Coaching:
Results from the Pilot Year of the Dynamic Learning Project [White paper]
https://digitalpromise.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/DLP_CoachingReport_2018.pdf

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

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Presenters

Heather Dowd, EdTechTeam
Teresa Engler, McGuffey School District
shannon Hill, Lincoln Elementary School

Shannon Hill has been teaching for 14 years, all in the Talladega County School System. She is currently the Technology Integration Specialist and Google Dynamic learning Coach at Lincoln Elementary School. She has an Educational Specialist Degree in Elementary Education and is a National Board Certified Teacher. Throughout her teaching career, she has served as a STEAM Cohort Leader and Project Based Learning Trainer. She is AMSTI certified, and was selected to attend the 2014 MEMTA ((Mickelson Exxon Mobil Teacher Academy) in Jersey City, New Jersey. In 2015, she was voted as Talladega County Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Dee Lanier, Dynamic Learning Project / EdTechTeam

“Sociologist turned Technologist,” Dee Lanier is a passionate and energetic educator and learner with over a decade of instructional experience on the K-12 and collegiate level. Dee holds Undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Sociology with special interests in education, race relations, and inequality. Dee is a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator and specializes in creative applications for mobile devices and Chromebooks, low-cost makerspaces, and gamified learning experiences. Dee is currently a Program Coordinator for EdTechTeam.

Jennie Magiera, EdTechTeam
Emily Roth, Dynamic Learning Project

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