How to Support The Administrators who are Supporting Your Coaching Program

Supporting Principal Goals

Welcome to “Ask the Tech Coach,” a podcast for Instructional Coaches and Technology Integration Specialists.

In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff and Nick sit down to discuss why it’s important to be on the same page with your administrator so they can back you up both in and out of your coaching duties.

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Question of the Week

Our favorite part of recording a live podcast each week is participating in the great conversations that happen on our live chat, on social media, and in our comments section.

This week’s question is:

  • What do you think district and building leaders should be watching for in tech in the upcoming school year?
  • How should leaders address professional development this year in regards to technology integration?

Weekly Topic

  • Why is it important to work with your administrator, especially at the beginning of the school year?
    • Coaches are put in school buildings to support teachers in meeting both district and building goals.
    • They are not “spies for the administration” rather they are “certified support professionals” and “content specialists” designed to help classroom teachers develop and deliver dynamic curricular activities to help students meet their standards.
  • How should you approach your principal at the beginning of the school year?
    • Set up a time to meet before the school year starts.
    • Have a meeting set at least twice a month if not weekly to keep in touch of what is happening in the classrooms.
  • When should you approach your principal at the beginning of the school year?
    • Often
    • After the first few days have passed
    • Before the first major staff meeting
      • to set up an opportunity to work with teachers
    • Should building leaders be focused on “Tech”?
      • No – Building leaders should be focused on standards and how students are meting them.
      • Building leaders should be focused on how their students are meeting the standards and how teachers are creating lessons to meet those standards THROUGH the use of digital learning activities.
      • The “Tech” is simply a vehicle for meeting the standards.
    • What is the purpose of Instructional Coaches doing Professional Development?
      • Professional Development should be designed to setup a way to demonstrate how teachers can meet the needs of the principal.
      • Large Group PD should be designed to then lead into discussions and be agenda items in department & grade level PD which then needs to be designed to lead to 1:1 Coaching sessions in classrooms.
    • Advice for Instructional Coaches starting out the new school year.
      • Create meaningful relationships with your administrators.
      • Make sure that all PD sessions are supporting the goals of the building and district. This way you are being “the answer” rather than “just another thing” that teachers have to listen to each week.
      • Use your Newsletter and Website as marketing vehicles to assist you in supporting your principal goals.

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