PHILADELPHIA, June 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Society for Technology in Education released a new white paper, "Coaching, Technology and Community: Power Partners for Improved Professional Development in Primary and Secondary Education" at its annual conference and exposition, taking place this week at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
The white paper released in conjunction with a first look at ISTE's new standards for coaching, NETS*C, focuses on the transformation of professional development for a new digital generation. ISTE recommends a three-pronged approach to better prepare teachers to help students learn and unlock their potential. The approach embraces
- An effective coaching model
- Online communities for greater collaborative
- A fully embedded use of technology
In addition to case studies, the paper includes ISTE's top tips for leveraging technology, coaching, and community, recommended next steps, and a first look at the details of ISTE's NETS for Technology Coaches, which are expected to be finalized by September, 2011.
"ISTE is taking a leadership role in helping to create and connect the power partners of coaching, technology and community," noted ISTE president Holly Jobe, who spoke at the release event and for the past five years has managed the state of Pennsylvania's Classroom of the Future Project. "We aren't going to transform education just by plopping technology in the classroom. The most effective way that I've seen over the long course of my career is coaching and providing that at-the-elbow support for teachers to try new things."
Also speaking at the event was Monica Beglau, winner of ISTE's 2011 Outstanding Leader award and executive director of the eMints National Center which is profiled in the white paper. She emphasized that this three-pronged approach to professional development "really helps teachers grab the knowledge, skills and practice they need" to unlock student potential.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in improving teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. www.iste.org
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