Coaches plan, provide and evaluate the impact of professional learning for educators and leaders to use technology to advance teaching and learning.
I enjoy this ISTE standard because it relates so much to the work that I’ve done in IT support to fix and resolve various technical issues. I feel like this is the closest standard that aligns with my day to day work as a CIS Help Desk Manager, but also through all of my previous work and volunteer experiences.
Below you will find evidence, spread across three different subsections (indicators) of how I believe I am a professional learning facilitator where I work.
Design professional learning based on needs assessments and frameworks for working with adults to support their cultural, social-emotional and learning needs.
I talk about this indicator in more depth in my post Is a survey good enough? In my post I talked about how surveys can provide part of the picture necessary to determine faculty needs, but that administrators should also use other methods of data gathering to supplement the survey in order to have the full picture. Things like informational interviews, regular meetings with departments or staff and administrators to share needs, as well as reading through ticket history in systems to see interactions and identify areas issues (maybe a lot of people submit issues or questions about the same topic to the IT Team).
In addition identifying faculty needs, administrators also need to introduce new and innovative topics that are also of interest – sometimes these topics may be pulled from Professional Learning Networks or by asking faculty to share new and interesting things they’re doing in the classroom with others.
When I took a Learning Lab through Educause, I was so inspired by listening to the presenter, Flower Darby, and the topics that other EdTech Administrators shared, that I wanted to bring back the things that I learned and create my own learning labs for campus. These manifested in the Winter Academy for 2022 as well as the introduction of a social emotional learning (SEL) activity at the beginning of all ETM’s professional development trainings that were offered in August, 2021. This was a powerpoint slide with a variety of images and asking participants to chose which image best illustrated how they were feeling or how their weekend was and then an opportunity for us to acknowledge that every participant was joining with different feelings and experiences and that those experiences helped enrich our community and discussions together.
Powerpoint slide with five different images that allow people to choose an image that best represents how the might be feeling.