Building Structure & Capacity in your Instructional Coaching Program

Building Capacity in your Coaching Program

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 Instructional Technology Coordinator, Jonathan Skaris onto the podcast to discuss the importance of building systems and structure for your Instructional Coaching department.

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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:

How do you create a structure to support your Instructional Coaching Program?

Weekly Topic

  • How do you grow your Instructional Coaching program in your district
  • Getting started as a Coach at the beginning of the school year
    • Introducing yourself as an Instructional Coach
      • Having a canned speech for your department to share
    • Creating Structure and Systems for your Coaching Program
      • Building a Handbook for Coaching
      • Defining yourself
      • Promoting yourself
      • Scheduling yourself
      • Communicating with others
      • Taking Notes
      • Collecting Data
      • Professional Networks for Coaches
        • Google Coach Certification
        • Apple Coaching Program
      • Newsletters
        • SMORE
      • Websites
      • Training Videos
        • YouTube Channel
      • Creating a Dynamic Professional Development program to support both Coaches and Staff Members
      • Tips for Hiring new Coaches and building a department
      • Building a Long-term Vision of your Coaching Program

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About our Guest: Johnathan Skaris

A native of Bethel Park, PA, Johnathan Skaris (@skarisj) was a high-school Social Studies teacher for 13 years before becoming an Instructional Technology Coordinator for the Darlington County School District. Johnathan lives in Hartsville, SC with his wife Traci and their two children: Aiden and Reagan.

Educational Philosophy

Technology should never be competing with your teaching methods, it should always complement your lessons.

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