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Explore and create : Playground

Tuesday, December 1, 1:30–3:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Jenna Conan Simpson  
Dr. Virginia Duncan  
Tyler Erwin  
Kristin Harrington  
Robin Harris  
Marie Henderson  
Tracee Keough  
Mallory Kessen  
Molly Lutts  
Pattie Morales  
Nancy Penchev  
Dr. Katie Ritter  
Allie Schultze  
Katrina Serrano  
Dr. Hue-An Wren  

We'll share tools and strategies that help facilitate the integration of technology and promote transformational change. Plan to collaborate and share successful strategies and resources with one another as we pursue rigorous, relevant and engaging learning experiences.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
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:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Model effective classroom management and collaborative learning strategies to maximize teacher and student use of digital tools and resources and access to technology-rich learning environments.
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.
Content Knowledge and Professional Growth
  • 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.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this playground is to provide an opportunity for those who serve as Edtech Coaches to receive professional development on coaching strategies. As the role of a coach changes from school district to school district, many different models for the position exist. Additionally, the amount of support available for those in this role varies greatly. Typically, the one to give PD, the coach rarely has a chance to learn strategies for best practices in their position. Many coaches have come to this session in the past with a desire to better help their teachers, and have come away with strategies to do just that. Our objectives in this session are threefold:
*Provide an opportunity for coaches to learn more about the act of coaching
*Share new and innovative uses of technology
*Create a solution set for various coaching scenarios which coaches will be able to apply to their own settings


We will plan to have 6-8 poster sessions and two "campfire" discussion areas that rotate for each hour. Topics will include coaching models, strategies and tools that our mentor coaches have found successful, as well as hands-on modeling of new and innovative practices. Participants will be free to engage in discussion with the mentor coaches throughout the designated presentation times.

Supporting research

ISTE Standards for Coaches. (n.d.). Retrieved September 3, 2019, from

Crompton, H. (2015, May 13). Know the ISTE Standards for Coaches: Support learning with technology [Web log post]. Retrieved September 3, 2097, from the ISTE Standards for Coaches%3a Support learning with technology

Douglas, T., & Snelling, J. (2017, April 1). Understanding the roles of tech, instructional coaches and how they are evolving. Entrsekt. Retrieved September 3, 2019, from the roles of tech%2c instructional coaches and how they are evolving

Orlando, J. (2014). Teachers’ changing practices with information and communication technologies: an up-close, longitudinal analysis. Research In Learning Technology, 22. doi:

Aguilar, Elena, Davina Goldwasser, and Kristina Tank-Crestetto. "Support Principals, Transform Schools." Educational Leadership 69.2 (2011): 70-73.

Knight, J. (2009). Coaching: Approaches and perspectives. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press.

Sheninger, E. (n.d.). Digital leadership: Changing paradigms for changing times.

Aguilar, Elena (2013). The art of coaching: effective strategies for school transformation. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley and Sons, Inc.

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Jenna Conan Simpson, All Saints' Episcopal School

Jenna is the Technology Integration Specialist at All Saints’ Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas. In addition to leading her school’s move to remote learning last year, providing professional development and managing digital learning programs and student devices, she teachers technology classes including computer science, artificial intelligence, and VR/AR. Before moving into this role, she was a classroom teacher. She has her master’s degree in Educational Technology and is working on her Ph.D. in Learning Technologies. She is passionate about technology’s potential to transform classrooms to be more engaging and student-centered and to make teachers’ jobs easier.

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.

Tyler Erwin, Forward Edge
Kristin Harrington, FDLRS Florida Discretionary Project

Kristin Harrington is the author of Adventures in Authentic Learning: 21 Step By Step Projects from an Ed Tech Coach. She is an edtech coach for Flagler County School District in Palm Coast, Florida. Harrington and an adjunct professor for Flagler College. Kristin is the 2020 ISTE Edtech Coaches PLN Award recipient, and an ISTE PLN Leader. As an adjunct professor, she's developed a deeper knowledge and appreciation for what it takes for students to succeed beyond high school and is passionate about sharing this information with others.

Robin Harris, Griffin-Spalding County Schools
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.

Tracee Keough, Forward Edge
Mallory Kessen, Forward Edge
Molly Lutts, Forward Edge

Molly Lutts taught 8th grade ELA for several years and enjoyed supporting her peers and administration with Google products and Edtech tools. As much as she loved working with students, she realized her passion was supporting colleagues in the integration of technology in their lessons. She recently graduated with her MS in Human Resources Development which was focused on training and curriculum development for adults. She enjoys creating engaging content that increases the adoption of strategies, tools, and resources in the classroom. Molly is Google Level 1 & 2 Certified, and currently works as a Technology Integration Specialist.

Pattie Morales, Indian Community School
Nancy Penchev, Scheck Hillel Community School
Dr. Katie Ritter, Forward Edge

Katie serves as the Director for Curriculum & Technology Integration at Forward Edge, working closely with district leaders to help them identify needs of their staff, plan PD and implement the PD. Katie received her M.A. in Education and Instructional Technology and her B.A. in Secondary Education from Northern Kentucky University, and is currently working on her Ed.D. from Vanderbilt University. She has served on the leadership team for the EdTech Coaches Network of ISTE since 2015, a Future Ready Schools Instructional Coaches Thought Leader since 2017, and is also a Google Certified Innovator, Coach, and Trainer.

Allie Schultze, Baldwin County Public Schools
Katrina Serrano, Davenport Community School District
Dr. Hue-An Wren, Garden Grove Unified School District

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