Setting Up Your Instructional Coaches for Success by Creating a 90-Day Blueprint for Success

90 Day Coaching Planner

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

In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” Jeff welcomes Stephanie Howell, Nicole Zumpano, and Katie Fielding on the podcast to discuss the importance of Instructional Coaches having a clearly defined 90-Day Plan at the beginning of the school year.

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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:

Question Topic

Weekly Topic

  • What should Coaches be thinking about as the school year begins?
  • What is the 90-Day Coaching Plan?
  • Why should coaches be thinking both short and long term in their planning?
  • How should Coaches be planning out the first half of their school year?
    • Phases 1- Listening and Learning
    • Phase 2- Focus and Frame
    • Phase 3- Empower and Accelerate
    • Equity, Relationship Building, Establishing a coaching culture, professional development, reflection, workflows, professional learning networks, communication
  • Templates Templates Templates

About our Guests

Stephanie Howell- Instructional Technology Coach

Stephanie is the CEO of Gold EDU, Control the Chaos EDU, and is also the EdTech Lead for the Pickerington Local Schools District. Stephanie has spoken at conferences around the world. Her most recent achievements are being a part of the team named ISTE’s Distinguished District, WOSU Leadership Award, a Google Innovator, and PLSD’s Innovative Leader award. Stephanie is one of the founding members of Global GEG and Gold EDU. Stephanie has a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership. Stephanie is a co-host on two podcasts Get Inspired and Innovative and Control the Chaos EDU.

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Katie Fielding

Instructional Technology Coordinator Arlington Public Schools Virginia.

Katie Fielding is always excited to talk about ways to integrate technology into the classroom. Katie transitioned to the role of Instructional Technology Coordinator after 13 years in the high school science classroom. In that position, she quickly found her niche in sharing instructional practices with her colleagues, and she was selected VSTE coach of the year in 2019.   Katie takes joy in building capacity in others so they can fully participate in the digital world.

Additionally, she is an ISTE Certified Education, Canvas Certified Educator, Google Certified Innovator, Trainer, and Coach; and Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.

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Nicole Zumpano

Nicole has over 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher and instructional technology coach. Currently, she serves as a Director of Instructional Technology Coaching for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois. A National Board Certified Teacher and Google Certified Trainer and Coach, Nicole teaches graduate-level instructional technology courses for three universities. She is passionate about the intersection of technology and education.

Links of Interest

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