A professional-learning network created by the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) is empowering educators to inspire the best from students by integrating technology into the classroom in effective and powerful ways.
The Coaching Collective, also known as CoCo, was started in February by SDCOE's Learning Technologies department. It gives participants a no-cost way to network, collaborate, share resources, and discuss challenges and successes.
"Simply stated, it's about being better – learning how to do that for ourselves, and inspiring that in others through coaching," said Andy Quintana, a project specialist with SDCOE. "Members will have continuous opportunities to learn best practices for supporting teachers integrating technology in their schools or districts."
The collective includes technology integration specialists and teachers on special assignment from districts across the county.
The goals of the collective are to:
- Become empowered as leaders of technology integration
- Build skills to make professional development more impactful
- Gain resources to support and share with teachers and administrators
- Develop a network of support for ongoing motivation and inspiration.
"Successful learning occurs when the learners are most prepared to solve the problems facing a globally connected society," said Michanne Hoctor-Thompson, coordinator with the Learning Technologies department. "Preparing the leaders of tomorrow begins with empowering the leaders of today to leverage technology-integrated instruction that is most effective in creating authentic and immersive learning experiences."
Hoctor-Thompson said she expects the network to continue to grow and evolve with each meeting. They even have a hashtag already: #SDCoCo.
The Coaching Collective meets quarterly. The next meeting is scheduled for May 18 at SDCOE's main campus. Click here to register or for more information.
The Learning Technologies team is also planning a summer coaching academy focused on technology integration. That two-day professional learning opportunity is planned for July 10 and 11 at SDCOE's main campus. Registration is expected to begin in late May.