Digital Learning Coaches Training
Helping instructional coaches develop 21st Century learning organizations
The Metiri Group has a long-standing reputation for helping schools use 21st Century skills, authentic learning, and one to one initiatives to establish and sustain 21st Century learning organizations. The 21 Coaches Professional Development Series includes:
- Overview of research on student engagement.
- Overview of research on the integration of 21st Century Skills.
- Overview of research and investigation of exemplary models of authentic learning.
- Development of a focused understanding of the role and function of a coach that is informed by local needs, as well as current research.
- Development of a local coaching plan that articulates how coaches will be accessed, and what the focus of the coach will be during the school year.
- Communicating the role of the coach.
- Communicating the vision of learning that the coach supports.
- Articulation of the habits of effective coaches.
- Understanding and modeling of coaching strategies, including practice-coaching sessions.
The 21 Coaches Professional Development Series is designed to be a 7 day training that can be organized or facilitated in any way that meets your needs. We have facilitated the 21 Coaches Professional Development Series with single districts, consortia of districts or schools, and state-wide initiatives.
A mid-sized suburban school district that is committed to creating sustainable 21st Century learning in their classrooms recently sent two classroom teachers and three administrators to Metiri’s 21 Coaches professional development series. The district has worked for five years on making strides towards preparing their district for a one to one initiative from grades 3-12, with bring your own device options available at the middle and high school levels. Over the course of those five years the district has consulted experts, state leaders, and their own teachers to design their schools, classrooms, hiring practices, and school improvement priorities to focus on providing a consistent focus on digital learning. This focus has changed the way they plan instruction, assessment, and professional development. This last year, the district (on the suggestion of their teachers) funded two Digital Learning Coach position to support K-5 and 6-12 digital learning. While the district used the ISTE NETS-C (National Educational Technology Standards for Coaches) to define the expectations for these two positions, they did not have the local expertise to train these coaches and develop the roles so that expectations, communication, and sustainability where a part of the year-one goals. To accomplish these important elements and provide carefully thought out training grounded in research, the district contracted with Metiri to facilitate their 21 Coaches professional development series.
As a result of the participation of the district coaches and administrators, the digital learning coaches felt supported, reported having a safe space in which to discuss problems and more importantly solutions, and had a national view of strategies and indicators of success for their work that directly supported classroom teachers. The classroom teachers that became digital learning coaches left the 21 Coaches professional development series with a model in place to guide them, decisions made to help them work effectively with classroom teachers, and plans for communicating with administration about their needs and observations about progress towards the district vision. As just one example of how the 21 Coaches professional development series has impacted coaching programs in the U.S., this district continues to demonstrate the key traits of effective coaches that are at the core of Metiri’s training.
What is the 21 Coaches Professional Development Series?
- Overview: As new technologies enter into our K-16 classrooms, there is a renewed focus on the power of digital learning and student engagement. Many schools, districts, and universities are integrating instructional coaches into their schools, to build staff capacity and sustainability for their digital learning plans. Research demonstrates that the readiness of these coaches to work in these new roles is critical. The 21 Coaches Professional Development Series provides a foundation of readiness to ensure that coaches have a strong understanding of their role, a research-based foundation on the impact of coaching, materials to use with other teachers, management plans, and strategies to use with their peers.
- What participants will walk away with: At a high level, participants will walk away from the series with a framework for their role as a digital learning coach that is created within a local context, goals for the year, a shared vision of their work, and an understanding of what type of coaching model they are deploying. In addition, participants will have strategies for communicating, planning, developing, and documenting their work with multiple classroom teachers. Further, participants will have the latest information and resources on helping to create digital literacy among teachers and students. Metiri facilitators have designed the series to be highly interactive and utilize our library of materials on 21st Century Skills, one-to-one initiatives, and instructional planning. This series is a good blend of research based information, proven strategies, technology tools, models of coaching, and practical strategies for energizing groups and effectively sharing information.
- Key 21st Century Skills: Each participant will be able to build his or her knowledge of self-direction, critical thinking, collaboration, global awareness, and visual media literacy.
- Schedule and planning: The Metiri team has developed the 21 Coaches professional development series to be a series of day-long trainings. These trainings can be customized to meet your scheduling needs and can be altered to address the unique needs of your coaching program and coaches in your school, district, consortia, or state. For more information on our 21 Coaches professional development series contact Jody Britten.