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Why teachers need a technology  coach

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A recent survey of professional development trends reported that the average teacher within the United States received 25.4 hours of PD annually . The survey also stated the average school district invests $225,200 annually in PD.


Hours of PD


Spent on PD

Resnick (2010)

University of Kansas Center for Research and Learning Study (2004)

Without support and follow-up, inmplementation of new instructional methods was 15%

With the addition of coaching, implementation increased to 85%

"..Effective professional learning is intensive, ongoing, focused on the classroom, and occurs during the teacher's workday."                                        ISTE Study (2011)

A Technology Coach will -  participate in the development  and implementation of a technology plan -  create policies and procedures -  manage the change process.

A Technology Coach will -   keep abreast of the best available resources -   conduct regular needs assessments -    keep professional learning continuous, meaningful, and fresh.

A Coach will have skills to -  assist teachers with embedding technology in ways that will increase higher order thinking -   model best practices -  provide customized teacher feedback, -  embrace equity and diversity -  promote digital citizenship

Focused on the Classroom

During the work day

Intensive and ongoing

ISTE Standards:Coaching

In addition,  as part of the technology team, a Technology Coach will search for appropriate funding and keep spending in check.

A University of Kansas study determined, "coaching significantly increases the rate of newly learned practices." In another study, Wong and Wong (2008) found that, in a coaching relationship, "...teachers feel more motivated and responsible to act on new skills."

Teachers + technology + coaching support = success

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