First Time Professional Development Tips and Tricks for Tech Coaches

Ask the Tech Coach Episode 17

In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Nick take a look at faculty and department meetings and discuss several solutions for choosing the best topic that will help to set up a great year of working with teachers and students.

The art of School District Professional Development

  • Weekday vs Weekend PD Sessions
  • How to choose the best topic
    • Tech Coach Choice
      • Picking something you are passionate about to instill excitement.
      • Build off of teacher wants/needs.
    • Administration Choice
    • Connect to district/building goals and expectations.
    • Are there initiatives that need follow-up or training?
  • How to prepare for a PD Session
  • Before the session
    • Gather supplies and resources. Will this have a slide deck? A handout?
    • Is there a workshop framework you follow?
    • Build in interaction/play time.
  • During the session
    • Assess on the fly?
    • What’s the morale in the room?
    • What would teachers like more work on?
    • Give time to play and create!
  • After the session
    • Gather feedback
    • See what needs arise for future PD sessions.
    • Give resources/ links to where teachers can extend their learning.
    • Online learning modules?
  • Resources and Materials
    • What do you do when everyone is looking at their watch?
    • Treat this similar to students. Facilitate and keep it moving.
  • Build in interaction/group tasks.
    • Invite teachers to share they created to their colleagues.
  • Reflections, Reflections, Reflections
    • What do you need to fix?
    • What needs have come up?
    • Were your learning goals met?


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  • Use your staff assessment to gauge what the most glaring need or want that your staff has and make that your first workshop session. Bonus points if this meets your district or building goals.

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