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Access Isn’t Enough: Why It’s Worth It to Invest in Coaching

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Sunday, June 23, 12:00–1:00 pm
Location: 113A

Heather Dowd   Kristin Kahlich   Jason Markey   Matt Warnock  
Hear from several principals about the measurable gains they have seen in their schools due to instructional technology coaching and how it is helping to bridge the second-level digital divide. Understand why coaching is worth the investment and how you can build a program at your school/district.

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
ISTE Standards: For Administrators:
Visionary Leadership
  • Inspire and facilitate among all stakeholders a shared vision of purposeful change that maximizes use of digital age resources to meet and exceed learning goals, support effective instructional practice, and maximize performance of district and school leaders.
For Coaches:
Visionary Leadership
  • Implement strategies for initiating and sustaining technology innovations and manage the change process in schools and classrooms.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will develop an understanding of:
-Why providing students with access to devices isn’t enough
-Why schools should invest in training and supporting teachers to integrate technology meaningfully in our classroom
- Why an embedded coaching program is the most effective support
-The criteria of an effective coaching program
-Systems to measure the impact of coaching
-Steps to advocate for a coaching program in their school/district

This session will share:
-Formal academic research on instructional technology coaching, conducted by Digital Promise as part of the Dynamic Learning Project
-Personal stories of impact
-Suggestions and strategies from building principals who have implemented coaching programs


(1) Introduction (10 min)
-Defining the second level digital divide and how it creates equity issues
-Why teacher training is necessary to address the second level digital divide
-How the Dynamic Learning Project (DLP) aims to train and support teachers through instructional technology coaching

(2) What makes an effective coaching program (10 min)
-Elements of effective coaching: Personalized, structured, embedded, non-evaluative
-Overview to the DLP coaching model

(3) How coaching can lead to impactful technology use with students (10 min)
-Digital Promise’s research findings from the first two years of the Dynamic Learning Project
-Stories of impact from principals who have implemented coaching

(4) How to implement a coaching program in your school (10 min)
-Role of principal/school leaders in advocating for coaching
-Role of district leaders in investing in coaching
-Information about getting involved in the DLP

(5) Questions/Answers (15 min)
-Moderate questions from the room and from online Q&A feature

Supporting research

Research findings from Y1 of Dynamic Learning Project:

Overview of the Dynamic Learning Project:

Background for coaching as a way to bridge 2nd level digital divide:

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Heather Dowd, EdTechTeam
Kristin Kahlich, Google
Jason Markey, Leyden CHSD 212
Matt Warnock, Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD

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