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Digital Learning Coaches: How to Build Capacity and Leverage Impact

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Location: La Nouvelle Ballroom, Table 18
Experience live: All-Access Package

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Kate Gomez  
Kalmy Romero  
Corinna Saiz  

District and site leaders will learn about the position of Digital Learning Coaches (DLC). We'll explore the importance of understanding and nurturing the DLC position and reflect on the cycle of coaching within the ISTE coaching framework, as well as how it can positively impact an entire district.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Topic: Coaching & mentoring
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Change Agent
  • Create a shared vision and culture for using technology to learn and accelerate transformation through the coaching process.
Connected Learner
  • Establish shared goals with educators, reflect on successes and continually improve coaching and teaching practice.
Professional Learning Facilitator
  • Build the capacity of educators, leaders and instructional teams to put the ISTE Standards into practice by facilitating active learning and providing meaningful feedback.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Educators have been tasked with embedding digital resources and encouraging digital skill development in students without a great deal of professional support from schools. The role of a DLC provides teachers with the support necessary to take pedagogical risks using digital tools and applying best practices in their classrooms. The coaching model employed during this session is Elena Aguilar’s cycle of coaching, which guides DLCs through effectively supporting teachers. Participants will understand the importance of a Digital Learning Coach (DLC) when instituting new digital pedagogy. Participants will experience elements of Elena Aguilar’s coaching cycle and explore how to best apply these skills at their school. Participants will gain essential skills in coaching practices that can be immediately applied in the school setting.


- Welcome (5 minutes)
- Introduction and Session Objectives (15 minutes)
- What is a coach brainstorming activity (15 minutes)
Group Activity
- DLC Definition and Roles (10 minutes)
- Coaching Behaviors Sort/Debrief (20 minutes)
Group Activity
- Introduce The Art of Coaching and the coaching cycle (10 minutes)
- 5 Strategies to Take to Your School (4 Corners Strategy) (10 minutes)
Group Activity
- Planning for Tomorrow Wrap Up ( 5 minutes)

Supporting research

The Art of Coaching by Elena Aguilar; ISTE Standards for Coaches; Fourteen (14) years of combined experience as Digital Learning Coaches

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Kate Gomez, Santa Fe Public Schools

Kate Gomez

Kalmy Romero, Santa Fe Public Schools

Kalmy Romero is in her second year as Digital Learning Coach Lead in Santa Fe Public Schools and has been a digital learning coach and teacher for over a decade. Her heart is in elementary school teaching, and she loves spending time with her own young children at home. Her passion for preparing excellent professional learning in her district leads her to collaborate and canoodle with people of all backgrounds and education levels. She holds a Master’s degree in Special Education and several educational technology certifications. Kalmy also loves camping and traveling when she's not reading.

Corinna Saiz, Santa Fe Public Schools

Corinna Saiz holds a BS in Biology, a Masters Degree in Elementary Education, and is a certified K-8 teacher in the state of New Mexico. She taught first and third grade, as well as sixth grade science for eight years before becoming an Instructional Coach for two years. She has been a Digital Learning Coach (DLC) for four years and supports two schools. Corinna comes from a family of educators and her passion for education and technology has led her to her current position.

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