“Contribute to the planning, development, communication, implementation, and evaluation of technology-infused strategic plans at the district and school levels” – ISTE Coaching Indicator 1b
My EDTC 6105 class got an opportunity to practice contributing to the planning, development communication, implementation, and evaluation a technology-infused strategic plan when we did our peer coaching project for the class. The peer coaching experience is something I deal with in depth in indicator 1c, but I also deal with it in my blog post The Expert and the Coach. In this post I examine the relationship between a peer coach and a teacher and focus on how the relationship is one built on trust. The coach cannot be the “expert” and must learn to trust the teacher to reflect and discover their own path to success. The teacher, in turn, must trust the peer coach to help them discover that path they should follow. This entails not only faith in the process itself, but a willingness to share and be truly honest when reflecting on their own practices.
I believe a strong peer coaching program is an important part of any technology-infused strategic plan, and establishing a peer coaching relationship based on trust is a key part of a peer coaching program. My experiences in the Digital Education Leadership program and the research I did to prepare me for the peer coaching project, have provided valuable experiences to help me understand this process and meet ISTE Coaching Indicator 1b.