COACHING YOUR COLLEAGUE:
TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION COACHES
Maggie Hos-McGrane and Sharon Brown-Peters
“Coaching, combined with communities of learning, is a highly effective
job-embedded PD model.” - ISTE Coaching White Paper
Why Coaching for Technology Integration?
Implementing new initiatives often fails to have the anticipated results
because changing the way we do or teach something means we have to
change our habits of behavior and create new routines, which is not easy.
However Jim Knight, in his book Instructional Coaching, writes that
"When teachers receive an appropriate amount of support for
professional learning, more than 90% of them embrace and implement
programs that improve students' experiences in the classroom." There is
a growing amount of evidence that traditional one-shot forms of PD fail
to have much impact on teachers' practices and students' learning,
whereas coaching is an effective way of providing ongoing support to
The characteristics of effective professional development include job-embedded training that is connected to practice, pedagogy, and content,
and is shaped by data. It is intensive, ongoing and long-term. It involves
connecting peers to give them the opportunity to learn from each other.
According to Jim Knight, coaches are most effective when they act as
critical friends, simultaneously providing support and empowering
teachers to see areas where they can improve. Coaches promote
professional learning in a number of ways: