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Growing Marigolds in Your Garden: Growing Ourselves to Grow Others

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Tuesday, December 1, 12:00–1:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Marie Henderson  
Dr. Virginia Duncan  

Growing ourselves grows others. Learn how spending a few minutes each day growing yourself professionally (cultivating your garden) creates better ground to promote professional growth of teachers.

Audience: Coaches, Professional developers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Coaching & mentoring
Grade level: PK-12
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.
  • 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.
  • Engage in continual learning to deepen content and pedagogical knowledge in technology integration and current and emerging technologies necessary to effectively implement the ISTE Standards •S and ISTE Standards •T.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Both presenters are EdTech Coaches in separate districts in Kansas and have met online for the past 7 years to support each other’s processes. Each one has realized the importance and the value of creating a systematic way to invest time in learning and growing as coaches in order to grow the teachers they work with. The tips and strategies they will share are tips and strategies they have successfully implemented themselves.
- Preparing the Ground - Finding a system to set aside time for your own PL in order to keep yourself on the “edge of epiphany.”
- Cultivating Your Garden - Developing a local and long-distance support system (cultivating connections) for yourself and showing teachers how to do the same.
- Green-Thumb Coaches - Growing Teacher Leaders - By pushing your own boundaries, you are growing yourself as a resource. Stronger and better coaching creates stronger and better teachers.

Supporting research

Jennifer Gonzalez - Cult of Pedagogy “Find Your Marigold” -

Stephanie Hirsh - “4 Cornerstones of Professional Learning” -

Elena Aguilar - The Art of Coaching

Jim Knight

Katie Martin -

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Marie Henderson, Hays USD 489

Marie Henderson is the Instructional Technology Specialist for Hays Unified School District in Hays, KS where she serves local teachers as a technology trainer and instructional coach. She designed and continues to facilitate a flexible professional learning model for district staff. She’s passionate about adult learning theory and empowering adults to implement student-centered, research-based instructional practices. In her free time, she’s a wine enthusiast, sings in two local ensembles, and enjoys activities at her church. Marie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Mathematics Education in 2003 and her Master’s degree in Instructional Technology in 2018.

Dr. Virginia Duncan, Garden City High School

Dr. Virginia Duncan has been an Instructional and Technology Coach since August 2011. Before coaching teachers full time, Ginny taught English, History, and Drama at the middle school level. Ginny is most passionate about helping teachers through their professional journey. She loves assisting teachers in their individual professional growth and helping them become teacher leaders. Ginny has worked to transform professional learning by implementing flexible and personal professional learning models and strategies that change the way teachers learn and grow. She continues to refine professional learning plans with innovative professional learning ideas and environments.

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