Mrs. Cook’s Corner

Indicator 6b

Engage in continuous learning to deepen professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions in organizational change and leadership, project management, and adult learning to improve professional practice

ISTE Coaching Standards (2014)

A few years ago, I was nominated to be apart of the Innovative Edgeucator Program. This program was a one-year (with an option of a second year to provide professional development) partnership between Microsoft and our district. The first year, we were apart of a cohort learning about Best Teaching Practices, tech tools, and innovative learning opportunities. After the first year finished, I was asked to stay on for a second year to help with professional development. If you knew me then, then you knew I was very comfortable teaching my class, but scared to death of teaching adults. I eventually agreed, but decided that I needed more training on teaching adults. I found a summer class that was being offered and decided to take it.

In that class, I was first introduced to Zepeda’s Professional Development Text. I was learning skills to work with and engage adult learning. It was a confidence building experience to say the least. Through this class, I was beginning to think that maybe I could make a career change, inspiring my choice to apply for the Digital Education Leadership program at SPU. I’m so glad that I did! Through this program, I have grown my confidence, gained courage, and felt an all around joy working with adult learners. As I was finishing up my first year, an opportunity came up at my district to become a Digital Learning Coach. I applied and was offered the position.

One of the perks of this job is that they encourage me to continue learning, they support me in growing my practice, as well as give me opportunities for leadership.

One of the learning opportunities that they have given me time to pursue is OSPI’s Best Mentoring Program. I have been able to attend monthly round-table meetings, and have completed a couple of multi-day workshops to grow my coaching capacity. This coupled with my work with Les Foltos, has made me a more active listener, trying to discover the problem and help my ‘coachee’ to find a solution that is centered on his/her students learning. In my blog, Reflecting on EDTC 6105, I explain how using Foltos’ Learning Design Matrix aided my ‘coachee’ and I to create an innovative lesson that she will implement next year with her students.

Because of my work in this program, I have been asked to take a leadership position working with the librarians to create a robust Digital Citizenship Program. In my blog post, Digital Citizenship: How do you change the culture of a school, one librarian at a time, I discuss how we can fully integrate Dig Cit in our elementary schools. This started out as a dream, but since I wrote it, it has been a reality that I have been tasked with. I have already had my first meeting with librarians to discuss their needs and to introduce the questions that will guide our work in Digital Citizenship:

  1. Why is Digital Citizenship a necessary element in 21st century education, and why is a fully-integrated approach best?
  2. How does Digital Citizenship fit into your school’s vision, mission, and/or values statements?
  3. How will each stakeholder—teachers, administrators, and parents—contribute to meeting the goal of full integration?

These are some of the things that I am doing presently to show mastery of Standard 6, indicator b.