Instructional Coaching

Instructional Technology Coaching Program

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Coaching for Teachers, Support for School Leaders

The LTC Instructional Technology Coach Program is a year-long program in which schools gain access to a highly qualified Instructional Technology Coach. Coaches are members of the LTC’s team of Certified Coaches and work 1:1 and in small groups with teachers to tackle classroom goals and challenges with technology-based strategies.

Program Details

An Instructional Technology Coach provided through the LTC Coaching Program works with teachers and school leaders to create and implement a customized coaching plan. Although plans are unique to each district’s needs and priorities, the Coach’s consistent goal is to help educators improve their teaching practices and enhance their integration of technology – all with the goal of improving student learning. Many coaching plans include one-on-one coaching cycles, facilitated grade-level team discussions, or large-group professional learning opportunities.

In addition, school districts:

  • Participate in a kick-off call with LTC staff to identify priorities and determine services.
  • Receive individual, ongoing support from an assigned instructional coach throughout the year.
  • Gain access to the LTC’s online community and professional learning opportunities.

Cost-sharing model. The LTC Coaching Program is a cost-sharing model. The Instructional Technology Coach is an LTC employee and works with multiple districts in a similar geographic area of the state. Through a shared-service model, small- and medium-sized school districts that do not need a full-time Instructional Technology Coach can access the benefits of coaching without adding staff or committing to a full-time employee.

Decision Deadlines. In the spring, the LTC works with districts to identify needs, sign contracts, and pair districts with an LTC-employed instructional coach.

Number of Days. Prior to starting the program, participating school districts select the total number of contractual days ranging from 10 to 160.

Daily Activities and Support. Daily activities of an instructional technology coach vary depending on the objectives of teachers and school administration. Common classroom goals and challenges that coaches help educators tackle include:

  • Coaching Cycles
  • Informal Coaching
  • Co-Planning
  • Goal Setting
  • Modeling or Co-teaching
  • Observation or Feedback
  • Problem Solving
  • Curriculum Work
  • Resource Development
  • District Planning
  • Data Analysis
  • Small or Large Group Instruction
  • Facilitation of Professional Development
  • Technical Training
  • Individual or Team Meeting
Awards and Accolades

What is an Instructional Tech Coach?

Instructional technology coaching is an ongoing, job-embedded form of professional learning that is grounded in day-to-day teaching and learning practices. At its core, instructional technology coaching is designed to enhance teachers’ integration of technology, with the long-term goal of improving student learning outcomes.

Instructional technology coaches partner with teachers to provide them with personalized support in meeting their teaching needs. After identifying a classroom challenge to tackle, coaches and teachers closely collaborate to brainstorm solutions, select and implement the best strategies, and reflect on progress.

Meeting Strategic Goals

Instructional technology coaching can help you meet or surpass many of your district’s technology integration goals – including enhancing teacher effectiveness and improving student outcomes.

See how an LTC Instructional Technology Coach is a perfect fit for moving your education mission forward

Funding Sources

We’ve collected a few federal, state, and philanthropic funding sources that can help make instructional technology coaching a financially-viable professional development option in your district.

The LTC is also an IL-EMPOWER Learning Partner through our fiscal agent, ROE 9, and IL-EMPOWER funds can be used on coaching.

Meet the Team

Our Instructional Technology Coaches are all certified educators with experience in the classroom. Many also hold additional certifications – Google Certified Educators (Level 1 and 2), Google Certified Coach, and Google Certified Trainer – that enhance their capacity to work with today’s teachers and educational leaders.

Nicole Zumpano

Director of Instructional Technology Coaching

Amy Graham

Instructional Technology Coach

Brian Krause

Instructional Technology Coach

Stacie Tefft

Instructional Technology Coach

Patricia Ferris

Instructional Technology Coach

Emily Pool

Instructional Technology Coach

Elizabeth Byam

Instructional Technology Coach

Jennifer Leban

Instructional Technology Coach

Anne Kasa

Instructional Technology Coach

Current Program Partners