This indicator for the learning designer standard is all about coaches connecting stakeholders (educators, leaders, support specialists) together to improve student learning. As a classroom teacher, I have had opportunities to grow in these skills by connecting with other educators and domain experts to collaborate on projects and leverage technology to support students. One of the projects I have done demonstrates evidence of this indicator, which I summarize in my blog post, Culminating Passion Project: A Global Collaboration with Field Experts. For my project, my 4/5 students selected a topic of interest, researched that topic, generated interview questions, conducted interviews with field experts, designed final products, and presented their final products to an audience (peers and teachers). Knowing that we wanted to get students connected to field experts in their specific topic, we leveraged community connections in our school, as well as reached out to connect with experts in our local community. For a few topics we were unable to find field experts locally, so my colleagues and I then needed to utilize digital platforms and tools (like Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft Skype Education, etc.) and sought out experts from the surrounding Pacific Northwest. This project taught me the power of connecting people (in this case students with experts) and leveraging the potential of technology to maximize student learning. Throughout this project, students were engaged in high-impact learning and practiced critical thinking and communication skills. As I step into the role of a coach, I am reflecting on the successes I have experienced from connecting people together. I can inspire educators in this role to see the impact these connections can have on teaching and learning, by modeling this practice and supporting them in creating connections.
ISTE Standards for Coaches (2019). Retrieved from: https://www.iste.org/standards/for-coaches