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LEVEL-UP: A Louisiana-Born Model for Instructional Technology Coaching for Educators

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Other presentations in this group:

Elise Barton  
Spencer Kiper  
Justin Steele  

Join instructional technology coaches from an urban school district in Louisiana as they share data and findings of their grassroots instructional coaching model called LEVEL-UP. Attendees will learn from shared experiences from the team and review documentation to support this work in other school districts.

Audience: Coaches, Teacher education/higher ed faculty, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Coaching & mentoring
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Professional Learning Facilitator
  • Design professional learning based on needs assessments and frameworks for working with adults to support their cultural, social-emotional and learning needs.
  • Build the capacity of educators, leaders and instructional teams to put the ISTE Standards into practice by facilitating active learning and providing meaningful feedback.
  • Evaluate the impact of professional learning and continually make improvements in order to meet the schoolwide vision for using technology for high-impact teaching and learning.
Additional detail: ISTE author presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

This session provides the layout of an 8 Week personalized coaching model to create technology leaders within the school. Schools struggle to incentivize instructional technology leaders and providing a structured coaching system. This model builds capacity to not only train teachers in implementing technology, but identify campus needs and build systems to grow technology leaders within the school. This detailed coaching model is proven to be a proactive approach to having effective implementation of technology. Schools will leave with a clear model and will create their specific layout for implementation.


I. Introductions- Presenters will introduce themselves and their experiences related to aid in implementing the coaching model. ( 5 mins)

II. Problem- Due to the influx of technology caused by the pandemic, we discovered there was a divide of teachers that were afraid in using technology. We saw a dire need to create a campus layer of support and expertise. ( 5 mins)

III. Conceptual Framework- The presenters will share the framework and design of the coaching model. (20 mins)

IV. Data- Baseline data and field testing data would be presented. Any modifications as well as teacher growth would be shared. (10 mins)

V. Reflections- Attendees will have a chance to have a question and answer session and also brainstorm on how this program will look on their campus. Presenters will also share documentation and resources for implementation. (20 mins)

Supporting research

-Ma, N., Xin, S., & Du, J.-Y. (2018). A peer coaching-based professional development approach to improving the learning participation and learning design skills of in-service teachers. Journal of Educational Technology & Society, 21(2), 291–304.

-Top, E., Baser, D., Akkus, R., Akayoglu, S., & Gurer, M. D. (2021). Secondary school teachers’ preferences in the process of individual technology mentoring. Computers & Education, 160, 104030.

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Elise Barton, Caddo Parish Schools

Elise Barton is a former NIET Master Teacher, coaching teachers weekly on best practices in teaching. Elise was able to coach and support teachers while integrating technology use within all professional development trainings. While experiencing hands on, teachers were able to learn and experience using digital tools in the classroom. Elise is now an Instructional Technologist, serving and training a wider range of teachers and students in her district.

Spencer Kiper, Caddo Parish Public Schools
ISTE Certified Educator

Spencer Kiper is an instructional technologist for Caddo Parish Public Schools in Shreveport, Louisiana, and the 2019 Louisiana State Teacher of the Year. A regional and global STEM education and edtech advocate, Kiper believes in empowering students through culturally enriched and industry-based connections. His efforts to build a pipeline for STEM and career/technical education led him to create a student STEM lab, and his work as an educator crew trainer for the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and STEM Revolution has impacted educators from over 30 countries. A frequent conference presenter, Kiper holds advanced degrees in edtech, cyber education and educational leadership. He’s an adjunct professor and school partner to the teacher preparation and alternative certification programs at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Nicholls State University and Reach University.

Justin Steele, Caddo Parish Public Schools
ISTE Certified Educator

Justin currently serves as the Supervisor of Instructional Technology at Caddo Parish Public Schools. He and his team of 5 instructional technologists service 58 public schools which house 35,000 students and around 4000 teachers and instructional staff. Justin is an ISTE certified educator, and holds additional certifications in SMART, CompTIA, Google, and Apple.

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