Through participation in the LTC’s Instructional Technology Coaching Program, school districts gain access to a highly qualified Instructional Technology Coach that supports the effective integration of educational technology at the classroom, building, and district level.
The Instructional Technology Coach is an employee of the LTC and works with multiple districts in a similar geographic area of the state. Through a shared-service model, small- and medium-sized school districts that do not need a full-time Instructional Technology Coach are able to access the benefits of coaching without adding staff or committing to a full-time employee.
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Why should a district or school hire an Instructional Technology Coach?
Technology is an essential component in the modern learning environment, and as school districts purchase technology to enhance student learning, it is critical to recognize that the success of technology initiatives is dependent on quality professional learning and coaching. An understanding of this is consistently reflected in national surveys which indicate that teachers need and want additional professional learning and in-school coaching related to effective-technology integration (“Digital Learning” 2019).
What is the role of an Instructional Technology Coach within a school?
Daily activities of an instructional technology coach vary depending on the objectives of teachers and school administration. A few common activities include:
- Coaching Cycles
- Informal Coaching
- Goal Setting
- Modeling or Co-teaching
- Observation or Feedback
- Problem Solving
- Curriculum Work
- Resource Development
- District Planning
- Data Analysis
- Small or Large Group Instruction
- Facilitation of Professional Development
- Technical Training
- Individual or Team Meeting
What is an Instructional Technology Coach?
An instructional technology coach provides a range of technology integration support and resources to teachers and administrators. This includes working with educators to determine how technology can enhance a unit, lesson plan, curriculum, project, or assessment. The coach helps teachers to improve practice while also sharing what works for other educators, what can be adapted, and how to do it. The coach also works collaboratively with administrators and IT leaders to identify goals and high-priority areas that align with existing district plans.
What does coaching look like when implemented?
We recommend that 60% of a coaches time to be spent in coaching cycles and 40% in other supportive and collaborative activities, like informal coaching, unit planning, curriculum work, weekly meetings, and small/large group instructional learning opportunities.
What is a coaching cycle?
A coaching cycle is a structured process wherein a coach works with 1-3 teachers to improve their proficiency with technology integration. A coaching cycle typically lasts 4-6 weeks and may include setting standards-based goals, developing targets, pre-assessing, co-planing and co-teaching, and post-assessing.
Does an Instructional Technology Coach provide technology support?
An Instructional Technology Coach is an expert in educational practices and the way in which technology can enhance the learning environment and improve student outcomes. A coach is not IT support. Rather, coaches bring creative ideas, resources, and support to the table.