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Coaches Corner: The Interactive Learning Coaches Network

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 111AB

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Instructional Technology Consultant
Macomb Intermediate School District
ISTE Certified Educator
Kate Grunow has been in education for over a decade as a K-12 digital media specialist and English teacher. She currently serves 130,000 students and over 10,000 teachers as an instructional technologist in metro Detroit. She is one of the co-creators of the 21 Things 4 project and a presenter at local, state, and national conferences on topics such as blended learning, free technology tools, learning management platforms, and digital age teaching and learning. She has been the Schoology implementation lead for Macomb ISD for the past two years training over 3,000 teachers on Schoology during Covid-19.
Instructional Technology/Data Consultant
Macomb Intermediate SD
ISTE Certified Educator
Dr. Parker is an Interactive Learning and School Data/Improvement Consultant with Macomb ISD; adjunct faculty member for Central Michigan University in the Master of Arts in Learning, Design, and Technology. She has over 30 years as an educator in library media, technology, and Career Technical Education - Business, Accounting, & Computing. She is an ISTE Certified Educator and a former ISTE Digital Leader of the Year. Her work with ISTE includes support for ISTE Certification, authoring courses on the ISTE Educator Standards and ISTE Student Standards and the ISTE Seal of Alignment as a co-creator of the 21things4 project.

Session description

The Interactive Learning Coaches Network is a one-year program where participants explored research-based best practices in coaching and interactive learning. Guided by the ISTE Coaches Standards and cognitive coaching, the #ILCN will share successes and challenges. Explore the Venn Diagram of content area coaching and instructional technology coaching.

Purpose & objective

Participants will explore the resources created for the 1 year program for coaches in Macomb county (metro-Detroit).

The post-pandemic shift in education has brought a new position into the limelight - that of instructional coach. But what defines an instructional coach? What makes a good coach? And what is the role of educational technology?

Many coaches struggle with these questions, whyich can be further complicated by being thrown into the position with littler or no training on effective coaching practices.

Add to this the problem of an identity crisis. As content area coaches, there is an emphasis on the subject area standards. Whereas instructional technology coaches focus on applying digital age teaching and learning tools. Is there a happy medium?

Here, we explore a program where interactive learning is part of the coaching landscape and the research based coaching pedagogy frames the collaboration.

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This is a 45-60 minute interactive session where participants will be led through online examples, interactive collaborative documents, and sample resources they can utilize for their own professional practice.

Welcome & Introductions
Interactive Inclusion - Pre-Survey Audience Coaching Knowledge
The Coaching Chasm - What brought us to this place?
Overview of Macomb #ILCN
Research and Reviews - Framing our Program
Coaching Pedagogy - Models and Frameworks
Coaching Methods - Approaches and Logistics
Coaching Templates - Success Protocols
Coaching Conversations - Accountable and Positive Talk Stems
The Benefits of Networking - Tools for Talk - trends, topics, transformations

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Supporting research


Costa, A. L., & Garmston, R. J. (2002). Cognitive coaching: A foundation for renaissance schools. Christopher-Gordon Publishers, Inc., 1502 Providence Highway, Suite 12, Norwood, MA 02062

Cornett, J., & Knight, J. (2009). Research on coaching. Coaching: Approaches and perspectives, 192, 216.

Hawk, J. L. (2020). Application of Instructional Coaching Models.

Kise, J. A. (2006). Differentiated Coaching: A Framework for Helping Teachers Change. Corwin Press, A SAGE Publications Company. 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320.

Knight, J. (2007). Instructional coaching: A partnership approach to improving instruction. Corwin Press.

Knight, J. (2011). What good coaches do. Educational leadership, 69(2), 18-22.

Sweeney, D. (2010). Student-centered coaching: A guide for K–8 coaches and principals. Corwin Press.

Wang, S. (2017). " Teacher Centered Coaching": An Instructional Coaching Model. Mid-Western Educational Researcher, 29(1).

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Session specifications

Coaching & mentoring
Skill level:
Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Professional developers
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
ISTE Standards:
For Coaches:
  • Establish trusting and respectful coaching relationships that encourage educators to explore new instructional strategies.
Learning Designer
  • Model the use of instructional design principles with educators to create effective digital learning environments.
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.