Pursue professional learning that deepens expertise in the ISTE Standards in order to serve as a model for educators and leadersISTE Standards for Coaches
Engaging in Professional learning
In order to best support educators and learning, coaches need to continually improve themselves, and ensure that they can meet the needs of their school and culture. Professional development takes many forms: one time development, ongoing trainings, mentoring, and coaching.
A Myriad of Learning Opportunities
Learning opportunities arise in a variety of ways, and I’ve found that often the best way to have more opportunities to learn about technology is to simply express an interest in using the technology. For example, whenever IT department offers opportunities to test a new tool, I volunteer. This has opened opportunities to dig into new tools and finds the ways in which they match our class culture and needs. Simply being part of a digital technology group allows me to learn about and access tools for self-directed training that I would not have otherwise.
These opportunities also arise through traditional training events, and attendance at them has shaped how I approach training others. For example, a post I wrote in March 2022 examines the effective use of active learning based on adult learning theory. This type of training is particularly useful with technology training since it allows users to “play” with the technology and learn as they go. Attending a myriad of training has also taught me to critically examine elements of training that are traditionally deemed essential, but may not be best practices for all learners. I highlight this in a post from July 2021 that outlines reasons to rethink using icebreaker games during training and provides more effective alternatives.
Learning Through Networks
In October 2021, I posted about the importance of professional learning networks for coaches. These networks allow for ongoing professional development that allows coaches to better serve their schools. These networks can exist in in person or online, but no matter the format they can bring coaches together to learn and grow professionally.