Technology Coaches inspire and participate in the development and implementation of a shared vision for the comprehensive integration of technology to promote excellence and support transformational change throughout the instructional environment.ISTE Coaching Standards (2014)
I decided to take on this standard last. It is hard to think of myself as a leader- I usually reserve that for the position of Superintendent or Principal. After reflecting through all of the Standards, I feel like I am definitely on the leadership trajectory. I have inspired and participated in the development and implementation of the comprehensive integration of technology and I have supported transformational change throughout the instructional environment.
The three books above have made an impact on my life as an educator and my appreciation for life-long learning. They also give me hope for the future of education through innovative schools!
- Lifelong Kindergarten by Mitchel Resnick: This book seeks to answer the question, “How can we help young people develop as creative thinkers so that they’re prepared for life in this ever-changing world?” One of my favorite quotes from this book is, “we believe the best way to cultivate creativity is to support people working on projectsbased on their passions, in collaboration with peers and in a playful spirit.” Imagine if this belief became a district’s motto? That is where I want to work!
- Creative Schools by Sir Ken Robinson: I was first introduced to Mr. Robinson when I saw his Ted talk, “How Schools Kill Creativity.” Since then I’ve become a fan. He says that the four basic purposes of education are: personal, cultural, social, and economic. The aims of education are “to enable students to understand the world around them and the talents within them so that they can become fulfilled individuals and active, compassionate citizens.” Ooh, this sounds like a great place to work!
- Invent to Learn by Slyvia Libow Martinez and Gary Stager, Ph.D. This book is known as the “Bible” of the Maker Movement. The central thesis of this book is that “Children should engage in tinkering and making because they are powerful ways to learn.” I have had the opportunity to meet them at a couple of teacher development trainings and they are amazing curators of information, collaboration, 21st century skills, and innovative ideas centered around making and engineering. Imagine the possibilites!