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You can now connect with your NCITF colleagues in your region and across the state through our Google+ Communities!


In addition to a statewide Google+ Community for all NCITFS, there are individual regional communities you can join. Please note that these communities are set to private, so you will have to request to be added.

Grow your professional learning network! Let's connect and learn together!

STATEWIDE NCITF Connect Community

Northeast Region

Southeast Region

North Central Region

Sandhills Region

Piedmont-Triad Region

Southwest Region

Northwest Region

West Region




Connect on Edmodo!

Join your ITF colleagues on the new NCITF Edmodo group. Email Donna Murray for the group code.



We want your feedback!

Share your thoughts on how to improve the nc itf connect website.




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Speak Up! North Carolina

Participate in Speak Up and learn what K-12 students, educators, and parents have to say about educational uses of technology in your schools and
home!
Surveys open through January 13, 2017.


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The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code," to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science.


The 2016 Computer Science Education Week will be December 5-11, but you can host an Hour of Code all year round!




Approved: Digital Learning Competencies for Teachers and Administrators

The Digital Learning Competencies are intended to help North Carolina meet the State Board of Education’s goal of every student in North Carolina having a personalized education. Our NC Digital Learning Plan addresses this goal; and the SBE’s 2016-17 supplemental budget request includes substantial support for digital learning.
The competencies are available for download on ourwiki page.

If you have specific questions about these competencies, please reach out to your regional consultant for guidance and support.



Micro-credentialing in North Carolina

Innovative districts across NC are already piloting the use of micro-credentialing and offering digital badges as a way for educators to demonstrate competency and application in their classrooms. We already have policies in place that support the use of competency based professional development.

The agency has convened a Micro-credentialing and State Policy Workgroup consisting of DPI staff, district stakeholders, and partner organizations (Winston-Salem Forsyth, Newton-Conover, CMS, UNCG, and NCSU-FI) to inform and define a framework for using micro-credentials to transform professional learning for educators. This workgroup is exploring the lay of the land in NC as it relates to micro-credentialing and how we can support this across the state.



Speak Up News

Before the school year ends, check out the latest Speak Up news where you'll find information on Speak Up 2016 registration, Speak Up data templates, and a recap of recent media coverage of the Speak Up 2015 report.

It's not too early to start making plans for Speak Up 2016! Get a head start before the school year ends and register your school or district for the 2016 surveys at http://bit.ly/SU16survey. Remember, registration and participation is FREE!



#Go Open, The Learning Registry, Sharing What We Know

Today large collections of learning resources sit online, waiting to be accessed. The burden of locating these resources, assessing their quality, connecting them to related resources, and sharing them with others often falls on individual educators.The Learning Registry makes all of these activities easier by acting as an aggregator of metadata—data about the learning resources available online—including the publisher, location, content area, standards alignment, ratings, reviews, and more. It is a joint effort of the Department of Education and the Department of Defense, with support of the White House and numerous federal agencies, non-profit organizations, international organizations and private companies. Key members of the collaboration are The Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL) from Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (OUSD P&R) and TheOffice of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. With the help of publishers and developers who make data about online educational content available to the Learning Registry and use the Learning Registry’s open source platform to create the tools educators need, digital learning resources can now be consumed in a smart, efficient and social way.



Rutherford County Schools, a SETDA Student Voices 2016 Finalist!

Rutherford County Schools, a SETDAStudent Voices 2016 finalist, has been nominated as one of four finalists from across the nation and is a phenomenal example of students and teachers leveraging digital learning opportunities for success.

The winner will be announced at SETDA’s Emerging Technologies Forum, June 25, 2016. All finalists will be recognized viaSETDA’s website and in-person at theLeadership Summit in October.



NC Digital Learning & Media Inventory

The NC Digital Learning & Media Inventory (NC DLMI) collects data for state and national reporting, to inform state and local budgets, and to assist in planning state and local digital learning efforts. Inventory questions are streamlined and aligned to the North Carolina Digital Learning Progress Rubric. This inventory replaces the Annual Media & Technology Report (AMTR). Modernizing the AMTR is a critical component of moving the NC Digital

Learning Plan forward. The information collected in the NC DLMI is based on the school and district level digital learning and media resources in place by June 30 of each year. The data collected provides the legislature and the public a yearly snapshot of the state of digital learning and media programs in North Carolina's schools. Learn more about the NCDLMI.




Trusted Learning Environment Seal Launched
Student data privacy and security is a growing concern for NC leaders. A new tool was recently released by CoSN. The Trusted Learning Environment (TLE) Seal, which offers district leaders an opportunity to demonstrate their commitment to addressing this challenge. This tool was developed in collaboration with a diverse set of 28 school systems and several well established professional organizations. The TLE Seal is a comprehensive program that focuses on constructing a culture of trust and transparency as data privacy and security are addressed. The seal is earned by demonstrating effective practice in leadership, classrooms, data security, business services and professional development. Learn more by reading here and also register for an upcoming webinar on April 28 at 1:00 pm.



NC Digital Learning & Media Inventory(replacing the AMTR - Annual Media & Technology Report)

As promised, the new NC Digital Learning & Media Inventory (NC DLMI) goes live today, April 11, 2016. Inventory questions are streamlined and aligned to the North Carolina Digital Learning Progress Rubric. We hope this new tool will provide you with a smoother and more pleasant end user experience.

This inventory replaces the Annual Media & Technology Report (AMTR). Modernizing the AMTR is a critical component of moving the NC Digital Learning Plan forward. The new tool has built-in logic and navigation to allow for ease of data input. The login process for the NC DLMI is the same as the previous AMTR.

In addition to the new data collection tool, we are also working on a reporting tool that will provide access to data and customizable reports for LEAs, individual schools, and charter schools. The NC DLMI provides a valuable data source that complements the Digital Learning Progress Rubric, providing you with a comprehensive view of your digital teaching and learning programs.

The information collected in the NC DLMI is based on the school and district level digital learning and media resources in place by June 30 of each year. The data collected provides the legislature and the public a yearly snapshot of the state of digital learning and media programs in North Carolina's schools.
Prior to logging into the NCDLMI, please visit our NC Digital Learning & Media Inventory wikispace for tutorials, resources, and FAQ’s. Also, plan on attending a Webinar where we will walk you through the new tool and be available to answer any questions you may have. Look for an email from Nathan Craver over the next few days for more details as well as call-in logistics for the Webinars.

Webinar Dates/Times (webinars will be recorded and added to the NCDLMI wiki):

  • Wednesday April 20th at 8:00AM
  • Thursday April 21st at 9:00AM

For questions about and support with the NC Digital Learning & Media Inventory, please contact your Digital Teaching and Learning Consultant.



Moore County Elementary Robotics Showcase
Join us May 6, 2016 at Pinecrest High School Gymnasium
250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines, NC 28387

Opening Ceremony 9:30 AM
Awards 11:40 AM

For more information or to volunteer, contact
Lee Ann Holmes - lholmes@ncmcs.org
Corinne Walls - cwalls@ncmcs.org




Newton-Conover City Schools DTL Newsletter
This morning, you will find a new resource in your Inbox to add to your Digital Learning toolbelt! On the first Monday of every month, we will begin releasing our all-new Lifehacks for Learning Newsletter, a Digital Teaching and Learning Newsletter developed specifically for you! In this month's issue, you will find:

  • Some tips for using Canvas and other digital resources for enhancing your instruction (there's something for everyone at all levels!)
  • Inaugural Digital Learning Teacher Spotlight
  • Information on an upcoming Coding Workshop
  • Our new Mindset of the Month on Student-Centered vs. Teacher-Led Learning from the iNACOL Blended Learning Teacher Competency Framework
  • And many more things!

Please click here to access the Newsletter for April 2016.



Public Input Sessions about ESSA
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the latest reauthorization of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act, is the new federal education law approved in December 2015 to replace the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. States are required to develop their own ESSA plan to comply with the federal law. The state plan must include academic improvement goals and a measure for school quality and student success.

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction is soliciting suggestions from educators, parents, students and other stakeholders on a plan for handling requirements of the new federal education law. Six public input sessions are scheduled this spring and each session will be held from 4-6 p.m. Audience members may speak up to three minutes. Comments may also be submitted electronically via the Every Student Succeeds Act on the Let’s Talk page on the NCDPI website.

April 13: Ashley High School, 555 Halyburton Memorial Parkway, Wilmington
April 21: Green Hope High School, 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road, Cary
April 26: Mallard Creek High School, 3825 Johnston Center Road, Charlotte
April 27: North Pitt High School, 5659 NC Highway, Bethel
May 17: East Forsyth High School, 2500 W. Mountain Street, Kernersville
May 18: Charles D. Owen High School, 99 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain




FCC Modernizes Lifeline Program For The Digital AgeNew Rules Will Help Make Broadband More Affordable for Low-Income Americans

Since 1985, Lifeline has helped make telephone service affordable for low-income Americans. Today, consumers need Internet access for full and meaningful participation in society. Yet 43 percent of nation’s poorest households say they can’t afford modern broadband service.
To help close this digital divide, the Order adopted by the Commission today refocuses Lifeline support on broadband, which will enable low-income Americans to share in the 21st Century opportunities that access to the Internet provides. At the same time, new rules build on recent reforms in the program to combat waste fraud and abuse and increase program efficiency.
For the first time, Lifeline will support stand-alone broadband service as well as bundled voice and data service packages. To spark competitive service options for Lifeline consumers, the rules will unlock the Lifeline broadband marketplace to attract additional providers. And new service standards will ensure that supported services meet modern needs.

More info: https://www.fcc.gov/general/lifeline-program-low-income-consumers





Micro-credentialing SurveyThe North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has convened a Micro­-credentialing and State Policy Workgroup consisting of DPI staff, district stakeholders, and partner organizations (Winston­-Salem Forsyth, Newton­ Conover, Surry, CMS, UNC­G, NCSU­ FI, and NC New Schools) to inform and define a framework for using micro­-credentials in NC. We know that some districts are already engaged in using micro-credentials for professional learning. The Workgroup is reaching out to find out more about current practices in NC as it relates to micro­-credentialing and how we can support this across the state.
Please complete a very short survey linked below by noon, April 6th.
https://goo.gl/hFQQgd

We'd also like to hear from your colleagues who are responsible for professional development. Please feel free to forward this information to the appropriate PD point person in your school or district.
This survey request was also sent to Technology and Media Directors to share. Thanks in advance for your help!


Home Base 2016-17
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is pleased to announce that the full suite of Home Base tools will be provided to all districts and charter schools in the 2016-17 school year for $1/ADM. This pricing includes access to content across multiple subject areas within Home Base. Please remember, unlike last year, Canvas licenses ($3.74 per user) will not be paid directly from the State, but rather is an expense covered by the district or charter school due to the end of Race to the Top funding.
Additional information was sent to superintendents, charter school directors, finance officers, and technology directors.


Give Five - Read Five
The NCDPI first launched the statewide Give Five - Read Five campaign in 2013 to address summer learning loss. As a part of this annual campaign, parents, business leaders and community members donate five or more new or gently used books to local elementary schools so that students have books to take home at the end of the school year because research from Harvard shows that reading five books helps students to better retain literacy skills over the summer.
In 2016, we are taking the Give Five – Read Five campaign one step further. As a part of a new partnership with myON, a division of Capstone, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction is offering every student in the state access to the personalized literacy tool myON Reader.
Students at every grade level will be able to use this tool during the summer months to select from thousands of titles and download free books well-matched to their reading levels and personal interests. As an added bonus, parents can use the tool to track how many pages and hours students spend reading and even measure their literacy growth while they are away from the classroom. Visit to learn more.
Also in 2016, the top four schools that collect the most books receive a free one-year schoolwide license to online literacy tools provided by campaign partners Achieve3000, Reading Horizons and myON. Teachers, principals and others should report book collection totals to diane.dulaney@dpi.nc.gov by June 17 to be eligible for a prize. Other Give Five – Read Five partners and supporters include MetaMetrics, the North Carolina Campus Compact, Book Harvest and Communities In Schools of North Carolina.
Thanks to all the schools, districts, churches, nonprofits, businesses and other community partners who will support the 2016 Give Five – Read Five campaign! Your efforts will help thousands of students enter school this fall better prepared to learn.


Coming Soon: IAM Service Security Compliance Changes
Starting in April, employees who use the IAM Service for access to Home Base will need to change their password every 90 days. The NCEdCloud IAM Service has been upgraded to enforce the expiration of employee passwords for improved security.
The new password policy will be piloted with a single district beginning March 29, then introduced incrementally -- based on the alphabetic order of employees' last names -- beginning April 4 and continuing through May 18.
Once the password expiration policy is turned on according to the schedule, users will be prompted to change their passwords when logging in if they have not changed them in the last 90 days.
Otherwise, users will begin seeing a notice 80 days from their last password change, that their password will expire.
LEAs and charter schools can also opt-in to implement a student password expiration policy.
The IAM Service password rules and FAQ can be found at https://ncedcloud.mcnc.org.



Digital Citizenship Needs Survey
UNC Charlotte Education faculty are interested in collaborating with K-12 districts on creating a Digital Citizenship curriculum for teachers and students. This 15 item Digital Citizenship Needs Survey will help the team understand the needs of the various school districts regarding digital citizenship. This survey should not take more than 10 minutes of your time. Thank you for participating.


NCWiseOwl Update
NCWiseOwl had a facelift! Check out the new website: http://www.ncwiseowl.org/
Just a reminder that the following EBSCO resources are being discontinued and have been replaced by Explora: ​Student Research Center, Kids Search, Searchasaurus
Please share this information with school staff who use NCWiseOwl resources.


NC LIVE
As you may know, PBS videos have been accessible through an NCWiseOwl partnership with NC LIVE. This collection includes videos from PBS including Ken Burns’ documentaries, Masterpiece Theater, Scientific American, American Experience, and more. This content has been accessible for districts and charter schools from the www.ncwiseowl.org site by clicking on the link for "PBS Videos". We are pleased to announce that there is now an additional way to access this content.
Beginning March 8, 2016 students and teachers are now able to access the NC LIVE streaming video collection using an application within the NCEdCloud IAM Service. LEA and charter school users will also now be able to access this content using an icon that will be made available on their my.ncedcloud.org applications page.
We are excited to provide you with additional ways to access this content. Provided that your district has registered external IPs with NCWiseOwl, you will still be able to automatically authenticate and access the streaming video content through the NCWiseOwl site. Please choose the best access option that works to meet the needs of your students.
See below for answers to commonly asked questions about the NC LIVE streaming video service.
Q: Are there technical requirements for my network to allow access to the Media Collection?A: Yes, your network firewall will need to allow traffic through the following ports:media.nclive.org : port 80fms.nclive.org : port 1935In addition, all computers on the network need to accept cookies from the nclive.org domain.
Contact your local network administrator for more information.
Q: What hardware, software, and other technology do I need to watch the NC LIVE Video Collection?A: Videos can be viewed on any device with an Internet connection and Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or higher) software. Your device must have an Internet connection speed of at least 175 Kbps.
NC LIVE Media Collection videos are available in three streaming formats: a lower bandwidth option (175 Kbps), a standard bandwidth option (400 Kbps), and a high bandwidth option (1MB). Videos cannot be downloaded or saved to a device.
Q: Do libraries and schools have public performance rights for Films on Demand and NC LIVE Videos Collection?A: Yes! Public performance rights are provided to NC LIVE member libraries, provided the library or any other exhibitor does not charge an admission fee or derive monetary gain.


Google + Communities for NCITFsReminder: You can now connect with your NCITF colleagues in your region and across the state through our Google+ Communities!
In addition to a statewide Google+ Community for all NCITFS, there are individual regional communities you can join. Please note that these communities are set to private, so you will have to request to be added.
Grow your professional learning network! Let's connect and learn together!
STATEWIDE NCITF Connect Community
Northeast Region NCITF Communit

Southeast Region NCITF Community
North Central Region NCITF Community
Sandhills Region NCITF Community
Piedmont-Triad Region NCITF Community
Southwest Region NCITF Community
Northwest Region NCITF Community
West Region NCITF Community



Digital Learning Day is February 17, 2016!

Find resources and ideas for celebrating on the #NCDLDay wiki!



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Happy New Year, NCITFs!


SPRING ITF & SLMC PROFESSIONAL LEARNING EVENT:


Connect with your SLMC & ITF colleagues at the spring 2016 professional learning event! Four sessions across the state will take place in April, giving SLMCs and ITFs the opportunity to spend the day networking and sharing.

The morning session will be focused on advocacy, and the afternoon will be an unconference format, with participants determining topics and facilitating discussions.

Location details and registration information coming soon! See the attached flyer for dates and agenda.

TWITTER CHAT – JANUARY 12:


On Tuesday, January 12 from 8:00-9:00 PM, NCITFs participating in The Art of Coaching book study will have a Twitter chat related to coaching strategies. Even if you aren’t part of the book study or haven’t read the book, you are welcome to join the chat! We’ll be using the hashtag #NCITF.

STUDENT DEVICE PROCUREMENT SURVEY:


The department of Public Instruction and the Friday Institute at NC State University are working to establish public school cooperative purchasing agreements for mobile end user devices. The goals of this procurement program are to:
Harness the aggregate buying power of public schools in North Carolina;
Identify and document standards for student and teacher devices, configuration, and delivery;
Create terms and conditions that capture the unique requirements of public education;
Codify these standards and terms & conditions in contracts available to all NC public schools; and
Build processes that will support ease of use and sustainability.

To support this effort, technology decision makers are being asked to complete a survey, which will inform the development of DPI guidance and collaborative procurement programs for mobile end user devices. As the state continues a transition to personalized digital learning, we estimate as many as one million computing devices will be procured over the next 5 years. Your input is vital to ensuring the unique requirements of the K-12 environment are met.

Please complete a 10 minute survey via this link: https://goo.gl/8qEyIW

Many of the questions are optional. Your insights will be valuable in the development of future RFPs and collaborative purchasing programs. You may also share the link with ITFs, teachers and other staff that work with mobile student devices on a regular basis. In February 2016 summarized results will be published to LEAs and Charters. This information will enable each district to compare its experiences and practices to others as well as inform the state as to how to most effectively procure a variety of end user devices in the coming years.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey by Friday, January 22. If you have any follow-up questions, please contact Sara Weiss at stpilzer@ncsu.edu.

DIGITAL LEARNING DAY 2016:


Digital Learning Day is February 17, 2016. Visit the DLDay website for information and resources. More information coming soon about some NC-specific activities!

ITF EVALUATION PROCESS:


The user guide for the ITF evaluation process has been updated. You can find the updated guide on the Support Services section of the NCEES wiki.

A few notes…
Standards II and IV have been switched to more closely align with the teacher and SLMC standards. The content did not change; the two standards have just been flipped on the rubric. Past data in True North Logic evaluation system will reflect this change.
The elimination of “Career Status” in North Carolina led to a change in the policy and plan type names. The “Probationary” plan is now called “Comprehensive,” and the “Career” plan is now called “Standard.”
Because instructional technology facilitators fall under the statutory definition of “teacher,” the evaluation process for an ITF is similar to that of a teacher. For ITFs in the comprehensive plan, the process includes a peer observation.

On the ITF Connect wiki, I have created a page with resources and links related to the ITF evaluation process.

Share ideas with your colleagues for ITF standard indicators and artifacts. Add your ideas on the Google docs linked here.

PROFESSIONAL LEARNING:


My professional learning presentations can be found at http://dtl-region7.ncdpi.wikispaces.net/Presentations or bit.ly/donnamurraypresents.
All presentations are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. Please feel free to use and remix any of this content!

ITF SURVEY SERIES:


Please share your experience(s) by responding to these surveys, and we will build a repository of information that enables us to learn from one another!

Today’s questions relate to providing professional development as an ITF.
Click here to share your experiences.

Your responses to the Google form will be captured into a public Google spreadsheet for everyone to view. Links to the survey and response spreadsheet for these and future ITF surveys can be found on the NCITF Connect Website.

NCITF CONTACT INFO AND SUPPORT SURVEY:


If you did not complete this survey in the fall, please do so! Forward this email/survey to other ITFs in your district.
Please, PLEASE complete this survey! This information will help inform my support efforts, and it will ensure that you are included in any ITF outreach!

The survey not only includes basic contact information fields, but it also asks you to share additional information about your role, what support needs you have, professional development needs, and more.

STAY CONNECTED:


- Visit the NCITF Connect Website for news, info, and resources
- Follow the #NCITF hashtag on Twitter / Follow me @murraygirl
- Join the NCITF Edmodo group (email Donna for group code)


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Join your NCITF colleagues for a book study starting December 1st! More details and registration at bit.ly/NCITFbookstudy.




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Are you looking for a book for an ITF book study? Check these out!



Leading 21st Century Schools: Harnessing Technology for Engagement and Achievement
By Lynne R. Schrum
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1483374416/
(This book is written for school leaders, but the content is also relevant for instructional support leaders, too.)

Bring Your Own Learning: Transform Instruction with Any Device
By Lenny Schad
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1564843386/
(BYOD focus)

Authentic Learning in the Digital Age
By Larissa Pahomov
http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/115009/chapters/Education-for-the-Information-Age.aspx
(focus on inquiry-based learning)

Classroom Habitudes (Revised Edition): Teaching Habits and Attitudes for 21st Century Learning
By Angela Maiers
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1935542621/
(written for teachers, but focus could be on how to incorporate these habitudes as part of DTL)

The Art of Coaching: Effective Strategies for School Transformation
By Elena Aguilar
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1118206533/
(There is a book study with this book starting 9/14/15 for ed tech coaches.)
http://connect.iste.org/connect/events/event-description?CalendarEventKey=61fa0806-04cf-4d32-86b4-5eaef6bf242d&Home=/communities/community-home&CommunityKey=3144c376-a435-4bad-9080-f25d9d8cb17f

Technology, Coaching, and Community: Power Partners for Improved Professional Development in Primary and Secondary Education (white paper)
By Monica Beglau, et al.
https://www.iste.org/resources/product?ID=2157
(This suggestion is actually a white paper- a great resource for professional development planning and coaching support.)

Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times
By Eric C. Sheninger
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1452276617/?tag=fractlearn-20

#EdJourney: A Roadmap to the Future of Education
By Grant Lichtman
http://www.amazon.com/EdJourney-Roadmap-Future-Education/dp/1118898583/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
(Focus on innovation in education, with lots of examples from around the US.)

From the Campfire to the Holodeck
By David Thornburg
http://www.amazon.com/From-Campfire-Holodeck-Creating-Environments/dp/1118633938/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1382032015&sr=8-5&keywords=thornburg%2Bdavid
(focus on design and effective teaching for student engagement)

What Connected Educators Do Differently
By Todd Whitaker, Jeffery Zoul, Jimmy Casas
http://www.amazon.com/dp/1138832006/
(This book is written more for educators who are starting out with building a PLN. However, depending on the audience/goal, it may suit as a tool to help ITFs assist teachers build their PLNs. Also, could be a way to refocus your PLN.)



Standard 5: Instructional technology facilitators actively reflect on their practice.
Element b: Instructional technology facilitators link professional growth to their professional goals.
Instructional technology facilitators actively seek professional development to help them maintain a leadership role as a teacher, technology specialist, and coach in the use of current and emerging technologies. They complete professional development and participate in local and global professional learning communities to explore creative applications and enhancements for improving professional practice and student learning.


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When coaching teachers, do you find yourself face-to-face with one or more of these personalities?

1) “I’m awesome! Thanks for the feedback. All I really heard is that I’m awesome and I should just continue being awesome!”

2) “Wow. I totally suck. And your feedback just totally reinforced how much I suck. So, I’m done. Thanks.”

3) “Well, I would be able to do better if it weren’t for A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P. So, you know, I’m really not listening to your feedback, because it doesn’t really matter anyway, given the obstacles in my path.”

4) “I hear ‘ya! But, I didn’t really hear ‘ya, because I don’t truly understand effective instructional practices, so your feedback isn’t going to bring about reflective change.”

Been there? Done that? Yeah…

So, how do you help coach these teachers? While the journey will certainly take effort, time, and individualized planning, here are a few ideas to focus your efforts.

Keep your focus (and the teacher’s focus) on GROWTH.

All of the personalities described above could be bundled together into a bucket called “fixed mindsets.” The challenge is to shift them into a new bucket called “growth mindsets.” This is a hefty challenge, and one that you may have found yourself facing somewhere in your own life.
When you are dealing with teachers who are fixed in their mindsets, turning the focus to growth will require some planning so that your coaching conversations are structured on moving forward! Keep reading for some strategies…

Listen.

As you work with teachers who are struggling to shift to a growth mindset, an important coaching strategy to implement is to listen. Listening can help create an open, authentic space where trust can grow between the coach and teacher.
Admittedly, this can be tricky, because you don’t want to find yourself enabling a fixed mindset to talk on and on instead of working towards growth! So, set some boundaries: Create and use a coaching template with a timeline to keep the conversation focused and on track. Or, even make a statement like, “Our time together ends in five minutes. Are there any plans we need to make before I have to leave?”

Be sure that your feedback is always specific.

Okay. So always is a strong word. But, it is imperative that your feedback isn’t just a nice pat on the back via a, “Great job integrating tech today!” comment. Why? In the same way that our students need specific feedback, so do our teachers. Feedback needs to be actionable. While we may want to constantly cheer on our reluctant teacher with a “WTG!” every time he/she attempts to integrate tech in her lesson, we aren’t coaching his/her to grow professionally. At all. More specific feedback that is goal-oriented and actionable will help the teacher understand exactly where he/she was successful, challenge him/her to think reflect about the lesson, and still provide an opportunity for him/her to hear, “Way to go!”

Find the sweet spot!

As a coach, you might find yourself pushing a teacher too hard. Too much, too soon. That will lead to frustration, confusion, and maybe even resentment towards you and/or digital teaching and learning. Or as a coach, you might find yourself working with a teacher who could do it all on their own without you.

In the middle of these two scenarios is the sweet spot. The zone of proximal development. The area where a coach can make a difference. It isn’t always easy to find the sweet spot, but finding it can make all the difference in your effectiveness as a coach.

Listening (which can enable you to tune in to the true needs of the teacher), focusing on a plan for growth (try one of these templates), and providing specific feedback (think actionable and measurable!), will help you and your coachee land in that sweet spot!


Standard 4. Instructional Technology Facilitators demonstrate knowledge of learners and learning and promote effective instructional practices in a 21st Century learning environment.
Element c. Instructional Technology Facilitators model, share, and promote effective principles of teaching and learning.





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