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As schools are moving away from the traditional professional development modes of one-size fits all workshops, they are turning to coaching as a way to offer “authentic learning that provides differentiated support for professional learning.” (Jim Knight, Coaching: Approaches and Perspectives 2009)
This preconference will be a combination of discussions, sharing, practice and planning around roles and responsibilities, coaching best practices, and challenges and opportunities in educational coaching. Additionally, we will explore frameworks and processes for personalizing professional learning and sharing within a school to build capacity for improvement and change.
This preconference is not limited to those with ‘coach’ in their job title or description. School change is a collaborative effort and all members of a school community benefit by understanding the role of coaches and coaching others themselves.
Diana is a Learning Innovation coach at Shekou International School (SIS) in China, where she provides practical support to teachers in transforming their practice through the use of technology.
Although her main professional focus is facilitating the learning and growth of educators and students, Diana is a self-professed life long learner and appreciates any opportunity to enhance her own understanding and experience. Her participation in the the COETAIL program sparked a new, excited interest in the impact of technology on education which led to new opportunities for her in professional sharing and support at SIS and beyond. Diana continues her involvement with COETAIL as a COETAIL coach and co-facilitates the Eduro Learning course “Coaching: From Theory to Practice”.