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10 Secrets to Becoming an Awesome Tech Coach

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Listen and learn : Lecture


Wednesday, June 26, 12:00–1:00 pm
Location: Terrace Ballroom IV, Level 4 (near Posters)

Kasey Bell  
Being a tech coach is no walk in the park. It takes a strong foundation, experience, organization and lots of patience. This session will focus on how to improve your practice, make the most of the time you have and become an awesome tech coach for your school.

Audience: Coaches
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Focus: Professional learning
Topic: Best practices and models for coaching
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Content Knowledge and Professional Growth
  • Regularly evaluate and reflect on their professional practice and dispositions to improve and strengthen their ability to effectively model and facilitate technology-enhanced learning experiences.
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.
Teaching, Learning and Assessments
  • Coach teachers in and model design and implementation of technology-enhanced learning experiences addressing content standards and student technology standards.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

In this session, we will take a closer look at what it really means to be an effective tech coach, how we can improve, build relationships, and help take teachers to the next level.

A tech coach wears many hats, and often many titles as well. As the popularity of the tech coach has risen and given us many new jobs and job changes, the resources to do the job well are few and far between.

I will share my story as a tech coach at the school, district, and regional levels, the lessons learned, best practices, templates, resources, and how to improve coaching and training.

Outline

I. Introduction and Overview
II. A Framework for Dynamic Learning
A. Quick Overview of the Dynamic Learning Model and Framework
B. Dynamic Learning Lesson Planning Template
C. Dynamic Learning Database of shared lessons

III. Building Relationships
A. Teacher Buy-In
B. Quick Wins
C. Crucial Conversations

IV. Getting Organized
A. Tools and Templates
B. Advice From Other Coaches

V. Meetings, Calendars, and Setting Goals
A. Creating a Schedule and Sticking To It
B. Goals for Success

VI. Designing PD That Works
A. Structure
B. Tips and Best Practices

VII. Wrap Up and Q&A

Supporting research

"Instructional Coaching: A Partnership Approach to Improving Instruction" by Jim Knight

"The Impact Cycle: What Instructional Coaches Should Do to Foster Powerful Improvements in Teaching" by Jim Knight

"The Ten-Minute Inservice: 40 Quick Training Sessions that Build Teacher Effectiveness" by Todd Whitaker and Annette Breaux

"Coaching Classroom Instruction (The Classroom Strategies Series)"
by Tom Roy and Tammy Heflebower

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Presenters

Kasey Bell, Shake Up Learning

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