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 Learn from Local Leaders at Technology Coaching Academy

A free summer coaching academy put on by the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) will give educators a chance to boost their technology integration coaching skills and network with colleagues.

The Technology Coaching Collective (CoCo) Academy will be from 8 a.m. to noon July 9 and 10 at SDCOE's main campus.

"The academy gives educators an opportunity to concentrate on maximizing coaching to integrate technology into the curriculum in a way that leads to success for students," said Alicia Gallegos Butters, director of educational technology for SDCOE. "Participants will learn strategies for integrating technology into lessons throughout the year through continuous coaching."

Organizers are looking for local leaders to present at the workshops. Proposals are due by March 16. Contact Michanne Hoctor-Thompson, 858-292-3728, with any questions or proposals.

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.

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 academy is part of the Coaching Collective organized by SDCOE's ITS Learning Technologies department. 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 collective is a great way to get ongoing support while learning from your colleagues," said Hoctor-Thompson, coordinator with the Learning Technologies department.