The Importance of Meaningful Coaching Connections

Coaching Connections

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 Susan welcome Leah Obach and Devon Caldwell to discuss how we can create strong connections with our colleagues and the importance of keeping these connections for successful teaching and learning.

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Cultivating Connection: building strong connections to foster teaching and learning

  • Connections with students
  • Connections with fellow teachers
    • workshops, presentations and conferences
    • Learning retreat events
    • Online events such as our Back to School Boost
    • Podcasting
    • We started Teacher Success Squad for teachers in their first 5 years
    • Social media and online connections
  • Connections beyond the classroom
    • Guest experts
    • Partner classroom collaboration
  • Connection to self
    • Learning to incorporate teacher wellness so we can show up at our best

Creating in the Classroom: leveraging technology for students to become the designers and creators

  • Harnessing the power of technology for students to create products, rather than just consume
    • Ex: digital design of books, digital posters and more
    • Learning to code

About our Guests

Leah Obach

Leah Obach is an educator from rural Manitoba. She has taught early years, middle years and high school, and acted as a technology coach for her school division.  She has a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology and Design.  Leah is passionate about improving education through strong classroom practice, ongoing professional growth and collaboration with fellow educators. She strives to engage students in meaningful learning experiences, while fostering the development of timeless skills. Leah has been recognized for her commitment to best practices in teaching. She has represented Canada as a Microsoft Innovative Expert Educator for many years.  Leah is the recipient of the 2016 ManACE Educator of the Year Award, the 2012 CDW Canada Teaching with Technology Award and the 2012 Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum first runner up award in Extended Learning Beyond the Classroom.

Connect with Leah on Instagram and Facebook or find her on Twitter @LeahO77

Devon Caldwell

Devon Caldwell is a K-8 resource teacher, university instructor, and yoga teacher in Manitoba, Canada. She is also a PhD Candidate in Curriculum and Instruction (Early Childhood Education) at the University of Victoria. Her research interests focus on how and why primary teachers integrate technology. Devon is passionate about infusing technology to foster collaboration, inclusion, and innovation among students, teachers, and their local and global communities. Honours include receiving the Canadian Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Early Years Teaching Excellence Award from her school division, 2012 Microsoft Partners in Learning Global Forum first runner up award in Extended Learning Beyond the Classroom, and ManACE Educator of the Year Award. Devon is an enthusiastic contributor to online professional learning communities and loves mentoring educators and pre-service teachers.

About KG Education

Behind KG Education are two passionate educators that grew up in the same small town.  Both Devon and Leah were fortunate to be raised in the tiny, rural community of Kenton, MB.  They have been best friends and collaborative teaching partners for more than a decade, and their passion for learning, sharing, and mentoring others has only grown stronger.  Known by many as the “Kenton Girls”, they are excited to scale up their impact by offering a variety of professional learning opportunities for fellow educators.

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