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Coaching Trumps PD: Become a Walking Coach

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Location: Room 260-2
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Participate and share : Interactive session

Katherine Goyette  
Adam Juarez  

If you’ve walked into classrooms and gotten the deer-in-the-headlights look from teachers, you are on the right track. In this session, learn strategies to ditch the office and meet teachers where they are. Spend 80%-plus of your time in classrooms. Coach, collaborate and maximize effectiveness.

Audience: Coaches, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Coaching & mentoring
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Learning Designer
  • Collaborate with educators to develop authentic, active learning experiences that foster student agency, deepen content mastery and allow students to demonstrate their competency.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Empower educators to exercise professional agency, build teacher leadership skills and pursue personalized professional learning.
For Educators:
Learner
  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Today’s students have more technology at their disposal than ever before. Teachers speak of this divide between these “digital natives” and the traditional methods of instruction they have always used. While Google Apps and Chromebooks are now being used in more than half of the schools in the nation, teachers themselves often feel at a loss as to how to use these tools effectively. More PD is not the answer.

When professional development merely describes a skill to teachers, only 10 percent can transfer it to their practice; however, when teachers are coached through the awkward phase of implementation, 95 percent can transfer the skill (Bush, 1984; Truesdale, 2003). As such, we must meet teachers where they are at, coaching them in classrooms over time, providing support during the implementation process.

After conducting a sit and get style PD, too many coaches sit in their office waiting for the phone to ring. They wonder why teachers don’t reach out. In this session, we talk about the importance of being a proactive lead learner who walks alongside teachers during the implementation process. Learn tips and strategies for maximizing time, building trust with teachers, and making yourself available.

Learn from our successes and failures as we share our war stories from the trenches of tech coaching. You too, will learn to be a walking coach. Leave this session ready to hit the hallways running and get out there to make professional learning great again.

Outline

Agenda for this session includes -
The importance of ditching the office and being mobile (10 minutes)
Answering emails, doing work in classrooms
Tricks to get into the classroom (5 minutes)
Be forgetful & unforgettable
Praise your people (5 minutes)
Be on the same team
Communication (5 minutes)
Tools for efficiency (10 minutes)
Calendar, forms, notifications, hangouts, screencasting, google classroom
Scheduling (5 minutes)
War stories (10 minutes)
Q & A (10 minutes)

Supporting research

When professional development merely describes a skill to teachers, only 10 percent can transfer it to their practice; however, when teachers are coached through the awkward phase of implementation, 95 percent can transfer the skill (Bush, 1984; Truesdale, 2003). As such, we must meet teachers where they are at, coaching them in classrooms over time, providing support during the implementation process.

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Presenters

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Katherine Goyette, Tulare County Office of Education

Katherine Goyette is an author, learner and educational leader who advocates for inclusive educational opportunities for all students within the communities they reside. In her role as the educational consultant for technology and integrated studies for the Tulare County Office of Education in California, Goyette engages educators in active professional learning sessions, conducts in-class coaching, supports district strategic planning, and serves as member of regional and statewide collaborative committees on digital learning and computer science. She believes in relationships with those she serves, and ensures she’s in classrooms with teachers and students throughout the year. Goyette is co-author of The Complete EdTech Coach: An Organic Approach to Supporting Digital Learning. She was the primary writer for California’s inaugural Computer Science (CS) Standards, and advocates for increased student access to high-quality CS, particularly in historically underrepresented subgroups. Goyette is the founding president of CSTA-California Central Valley; a board member for ISTE affiliate CVCUE; and created siteleadersconnect.org, a global network of innovative leaders. Goyette has been a keynote speaker, featured presenter and panelist for organizations across the globe on topics including the future of education, pedagogically sound edtech integration CS, project-based learning, universal design for learning and social-emotional learning. She holds a master’s in educational leadership and administration. Her certifications include: Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, Youth Mental Health First Aid, Dare to Lead, Newsela Certified Educator, Apple Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator and PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator. She has also worked as an administrator, coach and teacher in California’s Central Valley.

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Adam Juarez, AdaKat EdTech Consulting

Adam Juarez is a teacher on special assignment (TOSA) who serves as the 6-12 technology integration coach for Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District in California. In this role, he leads teachers in implementing technology into their lessons through one-on-one coaching, demo lessons and professional development. He also trains students on Google Workspace and other apps. He previously was a middle and high school world and U.S. history teacher. Juarez is a frequent conference presenter who, along with Katherine Goyette, launched the #CVTechTalk Twitter edchat to promote communication and collaboration, while highlighting the amazing work done by educators in California’s Central Valley. In 2020, Juarez and Goyette authored The Complete EdTech Coach: An Organic Approach to Supporting Digital Learning. The two also founded AdaKat EdTech Consulting LLC, and launched training on the Grassroots Workshops website. Juarez is a Google Certified Trainer and a Google Certified Innovator. He was named a 2020 30 K-12 IT Influencers Worth a Follow by EdTech Magazine. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University and a master’s in curriculum and instruction from Concordia.

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