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Foundations of Technology Coaching: Building Capacity in Teachers

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Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Sunday, June 23, 2:30–3:30 pm
Location: 201A

Julia Osteen  
In this session, we will explore the ISTE Standards for Coaches, define coaching, and discuss the importance of approaching situations and people with a coaching mindset. Session participants will leave with a vision for how showing up first as “coach” can positively impact their work.

Audience: Coaches, Principals/head teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: None needed.
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Best practices and models for coaching
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.
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences using a variety of research-based, learner-centered instructional strategies and assessment tools to address the diverse needs and interests of all students.
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences addressing content standards and student technology standards.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This session provides an overview of the role and benefits of coaching with a focus on technology integration and student learning.
Participants will be able to:
1. Articulate the role of a coach with technology integration.
2. Identify best practice when coaching colleagues on effective technology integration.
3. Analyze the ISTE Standards for Coaches including what each standard looks like in action.
4. Design a plan for approaching interactions with colleagues using a coaching mindset.

Key points of this session:
1. Teachers are often the best resources for their colleagues.
2. When we build capacity in each other, all students benefit.
3. Those who coach toward effective technology integration actually have a lot of different titles.
4. The ISTE Standards for Coaches provide a framework for effective technology coaching.

Key takeaways from the session:
1. Deeper understanding of the definition of coaching.
2. List of best practices for tech coaching.
3. Plan for working with colleagues on technology integration.


Interactive poll:
What do you think of when you hear the word “coaching?”

The Coaching Mindset
What is/is not a coach?
Introduce the ISTE Standards for Coaches
Discuss Who is a technology coach?

Small groups:
Discussion: Explore the ISTE Standards for Coaches
Each group has a different standard and develops an explanation of the standard in 280 characters or less, determines a visual that illustrates the standard and explains why, and determines what is needed to successfully meet the standard.
Groups report out using a collaborative google doc.

Whole group:
Share out from group work.
Foundational skill of listening
90 second experiment – partner work
Unproductive patterns of listening
Listen for vs. listen to

Interactive poll: How do you see the skills of coaching impacting your work with colleagues, with students?

Reflection (individual w/small group sharing):
Develop a plan for approaching interactions with a coaching mindset
What are your next steps?

Supporting research

"Until we address the social, emotional, and learning needs of educators, we won't be able to transform the experience for students. We can start by identifying the needs that teachers and administrators have, finding ways to meet those needs, and bringing groups of educators together in different ways. In this way, together and in healthy relationships with each other, we can explore solutions to current challenges and improve outcomes and experiences for kids. This is where coaching comes in." (Aguilar, 2013)
Aguilar, E. (2013). The art of coaching: Effective strategies for school transformation. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
Barkley, S. (2005). Quality teaching in a culture of coaching. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Education.
Flanigan, R. L. (2017, March 10). Ed-Tech Coaches Becoming Steadier Fixture in Classrooms. Retrieved September 27, 2017, from http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/06/09/ed-tech-coaches-becoming-steadier-fixture-in-classrooms.html
Hertz, M. B. (2011, November 14). Mentoring and Coaching for Effective Tech Integration. Retrieved September 27, 2016, from http://www.edutopia.org/blog/mentoring-coaching-tech-integration-mary-beth-hertz
Kee, K., & Anderson, K. (2010). RESULTS Coaching: The new essential for school leaders. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
Knight, J. (2007). Instructional coaching: A partnership approach to improving instruction. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.
Williamson, J. (2015). Effective digital learning environments: Your guide to the ISTE standards for coaches. International Society for Technology in Education

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Julia Osteen, Lipscomb University

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