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Instructional Coaching with the End in Mind 10

Technology’s Impact on Coaching

The persistence, dedication, effort, and constant loyalty to education of many teachers remain strik-ing. They strive to adapt to new means, new measures, and new techniques to “get it right”— to help tackle the complicated matrix called education. Educators are also blessed with an ever-increasing array of technological advances that challenge but also serve them. Today’s resources for teachers include Web sites appropriate to research or lesson plans, photos, essays, history, and background that enrich lessons and delivery, giving students deeper learning experiences. Sites such as EdPortal (www. edportal.com), 3 rd Learning (www.3 rd learning.com), and New York Learns (www.NYLearns.org) offer teachers access to lesson plans designed to meet specifc state standards. Teachers can incorporate key points into lessons of their own design and augment them with resources available online. Technology provides valuable tools, but they are only tools. Without the collaboration and synergy that come from the human interaction of face-to-face coaching or mentoring, with its incumbent observa-tion, feedback, and increased focus on student achievement, individual teachers consume only a fraction of the full plate of educational issues and possibilities before them. Until a school becomes collaborative—until it forms partnerships among teachers, coaches, instructional leaders, students, and parents themselves—it will not realize the student achievement it struggles so hard to reach.

Increasing teaching collaboration is the key to increas-ing student achievement.

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