“Technology coaches inspire and participate in the development and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive integration of technology to promote excellence and support transformational change throughout the instructional environment” (ISTE 2011).
a. Contribute to the development, communication and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive use of technology to support a digital age education for all students (ISTE 2011).
My digital education leadership journey began in 2012, when my principal asked me to serve as a teacher leader on a Technology Task Force that comprised school administrators, teachers, parents, and professional consultants and was tasked with the “development, communication and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive use of technology to support a digital age education for all students” (ISTE 2011). During the planning year and those that followed, we worked together to craft a mission statement, perform program evaluations, make decisions about infrastructure and device needs, and create new policies and procedures around school technology use.
As my role grew from teacher leader to Technology Integration Specialist (TIS), I advocated for developing a truly shared vision through optimizing input and feedback from all stakeholders. Each year, I worked with the other members of the Technology Team (Librarian/TIS & Technology Coordinator) to perform a program evaluation that included surveying teachers, parents and students, to determine how we were meeting the goals of our shared vision, to identify areas of concern, and to develop new goals. A constant area of concern and set of goals focused on digital citizenship. You can read about how I worked with all stakeholders to address this area of concern and developed plans to meet our goals in Creating a Shared Vision for an Acceptable Use Policy and Digital Citizenship Curriculum and Advocating for Students: Responding to Parents’ Negative Feelings About Technology Use in School.
Schools, for a variety of reasons, experience frequent change. Each year, there are new students, there may be new teachers and staff, and even new administrators. It is important to consider these new voices and make sure they are invested, empowered, and feel valued. The Digital Readiness Project (part of my SPU DEL coursework), allowed me to work with a new principal to get to know and put into writing her personal vision for the school’s technology program. As a Technology Integration Specialist serving under this principal, this experience helped me to incorporate her vision into the existing program.
The most important contribution a technology coach can make to the “development, communication and implementation of a shared vision” for a school’s technology program is to advocate for and implement strategies to include all stakeholders in the process (ISTE 2011)!
- International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE; 2011). Standards for Coaches.