Standard 6: "Content Knowledge and Professional Growth"
Ongoing Training and Professional development
Engage in Continuous Learning 6.b
Technology coaches demonstrate professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in content, pedagogical, and technological areas as well as adult learning and leadership and are continuously deepening their knowledge and expertise.
a. Engage in continual learning to deepen content and pedagogical knowledge in technology integration and current and emerging technologies necessary to effectively implement the Standards S and Standards T. b. Engage in continuous learning to deepen professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in organizational change and leadership, project management, and adult learning to improve professional practice. c. Regularly evaluate and reflect on their professional practice and dispositions to improve and strengthen their ability to effectively model and facilitate technology- enhanced learning experiences.
As an Instructional Technology Leader (ITL) in my school district, I have had the opportunity of the last ten years to travel to some amazing conferences and take part in some very unique experiences. In 2012 I was selected among a small handful of leaders in my district to attend an official Apple Education Briefing in Cupertino, CA at the Apple, Inc. corporate campus. We were given some exclusive presentations as to tech trends in education with the hope that our district would adopt Apple products for all of our schools. I learned so much not only from the representatives at Apple, but also from the leaders from my district who attended the briefing. There were superintendents, district office employees, and educators from every level. They inspired me with their passion for continued education in the area of technology.
Also granted to me as an ITL is the opportunity to attend the Computer Using Educators' conference in Palm Springs each year. My district pays my attendance fees and encourages me to go so that I can bring back ideas to share with my colleagues. When we return from CUE, we share out at our monthly ITL meetings and it's aways a challenge to find new and innovative information with which I can present at our annual "CUE Share".
As I reflect back on the impact these trainings have had on my teaching, the outcome has been overwhelming. Not only have I enjoyed the workshops I've attended, but speaking with representatives in the exhibit hall is also invaluable. I've learned about new cutting edge technology, and been put in for product prize-drawings and won things such as a classroom set of personal response clickers, my own document camera, a projector, and a portable sound system with multiple microphones. I returned from one conference years ago raving about the new concept of interactive whiteboards, and within a year I had one installed in my classroom, because the administration knew I would work hard to evaluate the product for everyday educational productivity.
And, finally, I feel that my district supports ongoing education for me and all of my colleagues, but dedicating one of our Buy-Back days each year for "un-conference-style" technology days. On January 9, 2017 we held our first Tech Conference, where all teachers were invited to sign up to teach or share some type of technology they use in their class on a regular basis. We will duplicate this successful model on January 16, 2018. These range in difficulty for the new or timid user, to the more advanced user.