Do No Harm: Tech Coaching After the World Turned Upside Down

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Participate and share : Interactive session

Delaine Johnson  
Mike Lawrence  

Whether new to tech coaching or salty with experience, we must continuously grow our practice while actively caring for the students and adults around us. Consider the Hippocratic oath: First, do no harm. How might you apply this wisdom to your coaching practices?

Audience: Coaches, Professional developers, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: iOS, Windows, Android
Topic: Coaching & mentoring
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Connected Learner
  • Establish shared goals with educators, reflect on successes and continually improve coaching and teaching practice.
  • Partner with educators to identify digital learning content that is culturally relevant, developmentally appropriate and aligned to content standards.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Over the last 10 years, the role of the technology coach / integration specialist has seen a rapid increase of devices, platforms, solutions, pedagogical models, and online resources available for educational purposes, resulting in leading the basic “how to use X” tech trainings and a more robust cycle of coaching across multiple grade levels. Using the Hippocratic Oath as a touchstone, this session will examine how we can redefine ‘HARM’ in the classroom for reflective practices for tech coaches.

H - honor experiences of teachers and students
A - analyze and adjust for biases
R - re-approach goals with a new perspective
M - match to ignite a spark

The session will be an interactive conversation in which presenters share their experiences in supporting educators, leveraging the four-step ‘HARM’ process outlined above. In addition, they will facilitate discussion participants to examine their own real-world examples and how this approach could address and improve their practices.


5 mins. Introductions
5 mins. Warm up activity: participants are invited to think of coaching session that failed and why they feel it failed. A backchannel online platform will be provided for anonymous story sharing.
10 mins. H - define, provide examples and resources, discuss
10 mins. A - define, provide examples and resources, discuss
10 mins. R - define, provide examples and resources, discuss
10 mins. M - define, provide examples and resources, discuss
10 mins. Closing comments and Q&A

Supporting research

Farres, Laura. (2004). Becoming a Better Coach through Reflective Practice.

Kleinrock, L. (2021). Start here, Start now: A guide to antibias and antiracist work in your school community. Heinemann.

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Delaine Johnson, Clovis Unified

Delaine Johnson teaches AP Computer Science Principles and serves as a technology integration TOSA at Clovis Unified School District. She holds a Master of Arts in Educational Technology. Delaine is a Google for Education Certified Innovator (#googleEI) and Certified Trainer (#googleET).

Mike Lawrence, California Student Media Festival

Mike is an award-winning teacher, administrator, and educational leader. A joyful champion for students, he has a creative zest for learning and motivates teams through inspiration and positivity. He served as the CEO of an education non-profit and also directed the California Student Media Festival for over a decade. Mike is an internationally recognized leader with 25+ years experience at the nexus of education, technology, and innovation.

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