How to Become the Leader of Leaders in your School District?

Ask the Tech Coach Episode 27

In this episode of “Ask the Tech Coach,” we host our November Tech Coach RoundTable where we bring on other Tech Coaches to discuss recent topics from our podcast.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • What Makes a Great Presentation Topic?
    • Add Talking Points Here
    • Try and make the connections between what you are teaching and district goals. It helps teachers not feel overwhelmed.
    • Choosing the Title and Description based on audience and presentation location
  • How to Become the Leader of Leaders in your School District?
    • What is the role of the tech coach in the district?
    • How does the district introduce the tech coach?
    • What do you do if you are trying to be the one to push the district forward but nobody is looking to listen to you?
    • How do you convince your administrator that you may know more about the topic at hand?
  • Strategies for Working with Disruptive Teachers?
    • If this is during a workshop or presentation, don’t let them hold up everyone else. Let them know you will work with them 1-1, or see if someone can help them while you go on. It’s a good idea to have a “helper” available.
    • Let them know every expert was once a beginner
    • Work with them where they are, raise the bar a little at a time
  • How To Get Your Job Done But Stay out of Trouble?


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Claudio Zavala JR

Claudio currently works as an Instructional Technology Coordinator with Duncanville ISD in Duncanville, Texas. He’s an Adobe Education Leader, Flipgrid Ambassador, and a Participate Community Advisor.  Claudio is passionate about fostering creativity in the classroom and using creation tools to enrich learning and experiences in the classroom. He is an experienced photographer, avid cinematographer, vlogger, musician and graphic designer.

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Craig Nansen

Craig retired after 30 years as the District Director of Technology for Minot Public Schools (1985-2015) and 44 years in education. He is currently keeping busy as a Technology Integration Consultant, presenter and trainer/coach for school districts in North Dakota. He has a Masters and Specialist degrees in educational technology from NSULA in Natchitoches, LA.

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Ryan Bradford

Ryan Bradford is the Director of Technology and Integration for YPI Charter Schools in Los Angeles, CA. Ryan is passionate about having teachers use technology to enhance learning. Ryan believes that students should be using technology to innovate and create content. You can find out more about Ryan by visiting his website (

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