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Leadership Exchange
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Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Personalized, Challenged-Based Coaching: Supporting Teachers, Supporting Students

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Rebecca Irwin  
Sarah Wright  

The best way to support student learning and engagement? Support their teachers' learning and engagement. We believe that empowered teachers and school leaders are the driving force behind student success. We'll demonstrate how one-on-one coaching of teachers can accelerate student achievement in the classroom.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, 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: Attendees will receive a link to access our Google Slides slide deck along with an Attendee handout (both in digital and print form). If an attendee does not bring a device, it is recommended that paper and pencil (or something similar) is brought along for note-taking purposes.
Topic: Coaching & mentoring
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
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 emphasizing creativity, higher-order thinking skills and processes, and mental habits of mind (such as critical thinking, metacognition and self-regulation).
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Collaborate with teachers and administrators to select and evaluate digital tools and resources that enhance teaching and learning and are compatible with the school technology infrastructure.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be able to:
- identify the benefits of a personalized, challenge-based coaching program
- identify the progression of a coaching round
- explore a few of the tools coaches can use to support their teachers in bringing the most innovative, students-centered learning experiences into their classrooms


1. The Mission of a Personalized, Challenge-Based Coaching Program - slide deck.
2. The research behind this type of coaching program and the successes we have experienced - via a video and reading material.
3. The progression of a coaching round - walking coaches, teachers, and their students through the steps of creating an innovative, student-centered classroom - interactive lecture presentation.
4. A brief overview of some of the tools that can be used to enhance the teacher and student experience throughout a coaching round - completed tools used as an example.

Supporting research

Exploring Coaching for Powerful Technology Use in Education - Digital Promise

Fostering Powerful Use of Technology Through Instructional Coaching - Digital Promise

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Rebecca Irwin, Cajon Valley Middle
Sarah Wright, Cajon Valley Middle School

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