Podcast: Collegial Coaching #etcoach #tecsig15 #edtech

Dr. Wilson and Dr. Alaniz at TECSIG Fall, 2015 meeting presenting on collegial coaching

Session Facilitators: Dr. Dawn Wilson (@doctordkwilson) and Dr. Katie Alaniz (@dr_katie_alaniz)

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  1. Access the Padlet for this session
  2. View slideshow for presentation
  3. Access www.coachingwithtechnology.com
  4. The Promise:
    1. Instructional Technology offers teachers key tools for re-envisioning their lesson delivery.
    2. It enables students to become co-creators of their own learning experiences.
    3. How do you use new tools in a collegial way?
  5. "More than 90% of winning is being excited." A.L. Williams, Coach: The A.L. Williams Story
    1. This book is about coaching. We want people who are excited about the process...integrating technology in meaningful ways.
    2. Coaches can offer new perspectives, breath new life, offer innovative practices to teachers.
  6. Problem: Faced with increasing demands for accountability, many teachers cannot find the time to explore--let alone implement--.
  7. Winning strategy?
    1. Instructional activities should support and engage a combination of learning tasks incorporating technology as a tool to learn with rather than from. Build these activities over time.
    2. Educators are more likely to incorporate technology into their instruction when they have access to coaching and mentoring (Strudler & Hearrington, 2009).
  8. Collegial coaching...
    1. Enhances tech integration through all levels of instruction, in both private and public school settings.
    2. Bridges the divide for teachers, as coaches offer support and guidance on teachers' own campuses
    3. Allows for the delivery of individualized, targeted, student-centered, and content appropriate tech interventions.
  9. Collegial coaching...
    1. Eliminates one-size-fits-all training
    2. Changes the focus from teaching to implementation.
    3. Encourages risk-taking and provides scaffolding.
    4. Invest more heavily in individuals who need it. Teachers aren't going to be risk-takers or resistant to using technology, you're not going to kick the door down and teach them anything. They need hand-holding. Those teachers were pretty proud of themselves after they had been successful.
    5. Empowers teachers themselves to be change agents.
  10. What would it be like if we didn't have to catch people up on how to use technology anymore?
  11. If you can get started on that trek, one by one, you are making a difference.
  12. Coaches provide teachers with differentiated, personalized professional development - at their exact points of need.
  13. Coaches support educators:
    1. as they brainstorm.
    2. as they plan.
    3. as they teach
    4. as they assess.
  14. "Relationships are huge!"
  15. Coaches help grow each professional's expertise where they need it most...
    1. Brainstorm for tools to implement.
    2. Assist with the organization of lessons
    3. Explroe how to use certain tools
    4. Plan specific implementation steps for a unit.
    5. Create collaborative learning experiences.
  16. Organize the initiative
    1. Will it be a district, campus, or casual coaching initiative?
    2. Who will lead it? Who will participate?
    3. Will it be done full time? Part time? On a volunteer basis?
    4. What factors will determine whether goals are being accomplished?
  17. Recommend 3 new technology pieces per semester, using the same tool more than once. Repetitive is good so they can get comfortable with it.
  18. If you don't have the pedagogical tools in your tool belt, being a coach will be difficult. [Reflection: Do Instructional Technology specialists have the 'pedagogical tools' in their respective tool belts?]
  19. In Katie's schools, they want coaches to be teachers.
  20. Question: How did you decide who initiated the coaching? Scheduling seems to be the biggest issue or factor in a school day. My counterpart in middle school would host tech trainings for small groups of teachers. Teachers were required to attend 3-5 tech trainings per year. 
  21. Meeting by grade level teams to launch STEAM.
  22. This is definitely a process.
  23. Being goal-centered in what you're doing is the whole point. Keep track of who is trying to do and with what. If you don't have goals, then nothing is going to get accomplished. Depending on the size of your campus, you could have several goals per grade level and/or team. Lump the goals together, allowing them to differentiate those.
  24. Getting Started
    1. Set your goal and decide how you will measure success...
      1. number of integration projects?
      2. Teachers involved: Novices in the classroom or needs specific to digital immigrants?
      3. Complexity of projects?
      4. Get others involved
      5. Vary participants and how they are involved (volunteered and/or drafted)
      6. Determine strengths and weaknesses of teachers.
      7. Build on successes.
      8. Encourage ripple effects...enabling others to share their success with others.
      9. Two example goals...
        1. 2nd Grade: A unit that has been involved telling a story by making it digital.
        2. 3rd Grade: Making books out of index cards. 
    2. TPACK model
    3. Everyone has a different starting place...that's why it's important to differentiate learning opportunities.
  25. The Dawn and Katie Model:
    1. Establish the need.
    2. Create partnerships
    3. Target differentiated projects. Spread around the different ideas and tool/topics into grade levels so that across the campus, a variety of tools can be seen.
    4. Assess the progress - build a portfolio of their work, or certain number of integration projects. [Why not use badges to track this along the way?]
    5. Reflect on the integration.
  26. Coaches can be seen as someone who work shoulder to shoulder, side by side...not an administrator. Rather, seen as a colleague and collaborator, a peer rather than an administrator.
  27. When a coach goes into the classroom, there is no need for a dog-n-pony show. 
  28. Catch teachers doing great things.
  29. Administrators are huge cheerleaders.
  30. There is a lot of time invested in those who are being coached...and those folks turn into the biggest cheerleaders, eventually becoming coaches themselves. They blossom over the time spent coaching together.
  31. Successful coaches
    1. Ample technology skills
    2. Effective instructional skills
    3. Impeccable relational skills
    4. Approachable and diplomatic ("have a 'teacher's heart'")
  32. The people who are afraid the most will benefit the most. You will see that these people are the most appreciative when you spend that one on one time with them.
  33. Assessment considerations

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