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 Two-Day Academy to Focus on Tech Integration Coaching

Educators from the classroom to the district office can boost their technology integration coaching skills at a free summer coaching academy the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) will host July 10 and 11.

The academy will provide best practices for instructional technology specialists, teachers on special assignment, instructional coaches, and resource teachers who coach teachers as they integrate technology into their classrooms.

"This academy will empower educators to inspire the best from students by integrating technology into the classroom to providing immersive learning experiences where students are steeped in authentic learning opportunities with a relevant audience and outcomes," said Michanne Hoctor-Thompson, coordinator with SDCOE's Learning Technologies department.

Participants at the academy will get the chance to:

  • Explore coaching models 
  • Define and market their role as a coach 
  • Develop a coaching plan 
  • Deepen professional learning 

The July 10 session will focus on harnessing the tools and internalizing the practices that are essential to leading others through coaching. July 11 will focus on building upon success and maximizing effectiveness as coaches.

"Educators will walk away with a toolkit of resources and renewed confidence in their role as a coach," said Alicia Gallegos Butters, director of educational technology for SDCOE. Ultimately, it will result in improved student learning, she added.

Register now for the two-day academy, which will be from 8 a.m. to noon both days at SDCOE's main campus, 6401 Linda Vista Road in San Diego. Registration closes June 30.

This is the first summer coaching academy, which is expected to become an annual event.

The academy is part of the Learning Technologies Coaching Collective, also known as CoCo, that SDCOE's Learning Technologies department started in February. The professional-learning network gives participants a no-cost way to network, collaborate, share resources, and discuss challenges and successes.

The collective meets quarterly and 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.

Contact Michanne Hoctor-Thompson, 858-292-3728, with any questions.