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Edtech Coaches Panel: Effective Strategies to Improve Teaching and Learning

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Listen and learn : Panel

Tuesday, December 1, 12:30–1:15 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Kris Armijo  
Jason Gay  
Stephanie Howell  
Amy Hudson Estepp  
Brian Seymour  
Jeremy Shorr  

A technology integration specialist and coaches panel from a variety of educational settings will share challenges and strategies that contribute to a district's technology vision, implementing high-quality, job-embedded professional learning opportunities and integrating digital literacy and citizenship.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Coaches, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Coaching & mentoring
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Visionary Leadership
  • Contribute to the planning, development, communication, implementation and evaluation of technology-infused strategic plans at the district and school levels.
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.
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.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Current technology coaches, administrators, teachers or librarians will be able to hear from educators who currently work as technology coaches and will be able to ask questions to gather the information that will help them do their jobs.


We will have a Q/A format and we will take questions from the audience over the hour-long session. We will use a moderator for the session.

Supporting research

Attendees will learn from and be able to ask questions from four to five high-quality EdTech coaches/specialists. Throughout this session, attendees will hear real-life stories about what to do and what not to do.

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Kris Armijo, Moriarty-Edgewood School District

Prior to entering the field of education, Kris came from a background in multimedia design where her love for technology and nerdy personality were born. These traits have been sprinkled throughout her years in this field, and her current position as her district's Education Technology Coordinator, allows her to blend her passion for technology and her heart for the classroom. Kris is a Google for Education Certified Trainer and New Mexico's first Google Certified Innovator, and she loves connecting and collaborating with other educators from around the world to explore solutions for impacting learning outcomes and promoting student agency!

Jason Gay, Highlands High School
Stephanie Howell, Pickerington Local School District

Stephanie has been working in Pickerington Schools since 2014. She is currently the Middle School Instructional Technology Coordinator for Pickerington Schools. She enjoy working with staff and students to increase the use of instructional technology. Stephanie has spoken at conferences such as PLSD Innovation conference, ISTE, ITIP and OETC and her most recent achievements are being apart of the team named ISTE’s Distinguished District, WOSU Leadership Award, a Google Innovator, and PLSD’s Innovative Leader award. Stephanie is one of the founding members of Global GEG. Stephanie has a masters in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership.

Amy Hudson Estepp, Franklin City Schools

Amy's career spans nearly two decades in education. She's held various roles encompassing data and assessment, instructional coaching, and technology. Her teaching and coaching experience spans kinders to undergrads, with a passion for middle school having spent ten years teaching 7th and 8th grade mathematics. She is a certified educator with Google, Hapara, Clever, Screencastify, Wonder Workshop and ISTE. She has presented at many conferences including FETC, OETC, ITIP Google Summit, and ISTE. She's written articles in NCTM’s Mathematics Teacher and Working Mother magazines. She lives and works in her hometown of Franklin, Ohio, as an Educational Technologist.

Brian Seymour, Whitehall City Schools
ISTE Certified Educator

Brian is the EdTech Director for Pickerington Schools (Ohio). Brian is leading Pickerington through 1:1 process, through a change in pedagogy of blended learning they have termed “Tradigital Learning.” Under Brian’s leadership, Pickerington has been named the 2018 ISTE Distinguished District of the Year. Pickerington was named a distinguished district by The Center for Digital Education, The Learning Counsel, District Administrator Magazine. Brian was named the 2019 EdTech Leadership School Leader of the Year, 2017 ITIPOhio Tech Admin, 2017 ISTE’s Ohio Making It Happen. Pickerington Schools has been named the model school district for the national Future Ready initiative.

Jeremy Shorr, Jeremy Shorr Educational Consulting

Jeremy is an education futurist who is passionate about innovating the instructional experience for learners of all ages. Jeremy supports schools around the world through to redesign instruction. Jeremy is the past chair of ISTETC. Jeremy was recognized as one of the NSBA's “20 to Watch”, Ohio Educational Leader Innovator, Center for Digital Education’s “Top 30", Crain’s “Forty under 40”, and ISTE’s Making It Happen award. Jeremy is a Certified Educational Technology Leader, Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), RaspberryPi Certified Educator, and received his MBA in Executive Leadership. Jeremy was an Educational Policy Fellow with Institute for Educational Leadership in 2016.

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