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Building a Successful Tech Coaching Program at Your School

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 125

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Instructional Innovation Coordinator
Allegheny Intermediate Unit
Rachel McVeagh has been an educator for 17 years. As one of the first 50 coaches to participate in what is now the Google Certified Coach Program, she has been coaching K-12 for 6 years. Her goal is to empower teachers to leverage technology in impactful ways with their students. Partnering with teachers is her passion. A former Spanish teacher, Rachel cares deeply about broadening students' worldview and improving intercultural communications and relationships. One way that Rachel stays connected to students is through her "Tech Squad" group, comprised of enthusiastic Cornell School District students who enjoy using technology in fun and creative ways.

Session description

Are you a tech coach wanting your program to run smoothly and successfully? Are you an administrator wanting to start/improve tech coaching? Learn how to set your coaching program up for success these concrete, exciting tips that can be applied immediately. These aren’t the tips you see every day on social media!

Purpose & objective

-Our teachers NEED support with effective tech integration. A skilled and knowledgeable partner is just what they need. Schools now have access to varying degrees of tech. Let’s empower teachers to leverage that technology in impactful ways with their students by building a strong tech coaching program in your school.
-Coaches/schools may struggle to implement a tech coaching program that is successful
-There are ways that school leaders can help set things up for a successful coaching program, but we need to take time to think about what they are and how to do it
-There are certain ways coaches can ensure they are doing all they can to be successful, but coaches often have only one set of ideas about this, often only what they may see on social media, in their repertoire (What we often see on social media is the “product,” not the process behind it)
-Within each building/district context, “success” must be defined, and it may look different in different contexts. (I’ll provide an example/anecdote.) In addition, ways to measure it must be established.

Concrete, ready-to-apply tips will be shared. Participants will collaborate with one another, will engage with shared documents, and will leave with ready-to-go examples and templates.

Teachers in Rachel’s school are continuously volunteering to participate in coaching, indicating that it is a worthwhile use of their time. Rachel’s anonymous data shows that her teachers are all satisfied with the coaching experience, and that they continue to implement what they’ve worked on together beyond the coaching cycle, proving that the work teachers do with Rachel truly is sustainable. Rachel is excited to share some easy-to-replicate tips for success with coaches and school leaders.

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(8 minutes) Interactive Introduction
Ask participants to answer 1-2 warm-up questions via Nearpod or Pear Deck.
My background
Our goals for today
(41 minutes) Concrete Tips for Success (includes interactive opportunities throughout)
Turn and Talk
Tip Time! (with digital collaboration opportunities)
(6 minutes) Resource Share/Staying Connected
Share list and collaborative spreadsheet
(5 minutes) Reflection/Takeaways and Feedback; Conclusion

*Note: Tech Tools used to facilitate collaboration include Nearpod or Pear Deck, Jamboard, Google Sheets, Google Forms

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Supporting research

-Digital Promise Research About Coaching:
-Book: Courageous Edventures by Jennie Magiera (This book influenced who I am as a coach; I read it as I was just beginning my coaching journey. I may not mention it explicitly aside from sharing it on a collaborative resource list, but I wanted to mention it here since I’ve adopted so much from it over the years.)
-The Google Certified Coach coaching model and program (This is NOT the focus of my presentation, but I will mention it once or twice as it is part of my background and the model I follow)
-Areas of Impactful Technology Use:
-“Thinking on Your Feet: How Coaches Can Use Reflection-in-Action to DEvelop their Coaching Craft,” by Mark Scott; Source: Applied Coaching Research Journal

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Session specifications

Coaching & mentoring
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
Participants will have the best experience if they bring a device. (Though a laptop or tablet will likely give you the best experience, any type of device will do!)

No action needs to be taken prior to participating in this session.

ISTE Standards:
For Coaches:
  • Establish trusting and respectful coaching relationships that encourage educators to explore new instructional strategies.
Professional Learning Facilitator
  • 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.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.