A technology coach is someone whose chief profession is to facilitate the implementation and integration of technology/computer science in PreK-8 classrooms. This is achieved through one-on-one and small group support for teachers, staff and administration by providing ongoing job-embedded professional development related to infusing technology into the core curriculum areas and by researching and keeping abreast of ways to meaningfully integrate technology into the Pegasus curriculum.
The technology coach models effective instructional strategies using technology and leads discussions with teachers on the latest research on technology integration. This individual assists teachers in using technology meaningfully for assessing student learning, differentiating instruction, and providing rigorous, relevant, and engaging learning experiences for all students. In addition, this individual identifies specific ways teachers can integrate technology into their classrooms by knowing the Pegasus curriculum as well as various educational software programs and apps that are available.
The technology coach may be assigned a Middle School elective in computer science and will collaborate will the computer science department in evaluating and refining the PK-8 computer science curriculum.
Coaches teachers in and models the use of online and blended learning, digital content and collaborative learning networks to support and extend student learning as well as expand opportunities for online professional development for teachers and administrators.
Keep abreast and knowledgeable of digital age learning environment models including the flipped classroom, face to face, online, collaborative classroom and blended learning forms of instructional delivery, technology skills, and instructional strategies necessary to effectively impact the instructional practices of the teachers that are coached and model in a variety of classroom and professional development situations.
Keeps abreast of the latest research in how technology use affects elementary and middle school aged children and ensures that this research is considered when making curricular decisions.
Coach teachers in the design and implementation of computer science skills and technology-enhanced learning experiences and instructional strategies, that address the diverse needs and interests of all students, emphasizing creativity, and higher order thinking skills.
Facilitating school based high quality professional development, working with teachers (in groups or individually) to refine their knowledge and skills, before/after school and during the school day.
Works collaboratively and communicates effectively with Division Directors to evaluate, select and implement technology enhanced learning experiences addressing content standards and student technology/computer science standards.
Identifies technology integration competencies among instructional staff, in collaboration with school administrators, and delivers appropriate coaching, training, and resources to support the professional growth of individuals.
Evaluate results of programs to determine the effectiveness on deepening teacher content knowledge, improving teacher pedagogical skills and/or increasing student learning.
Model and promote digital citizenship by assisting with digital citizenship lessons in classrooms, and facilitating safe, healthy, legal, and ethical uses of digital information and technologies.
Work with faculty to promote diversity, cultural understanding, and global awareness by using digital-age communication and collaboration tools to interact locally and globally with students, peers, parents, and the larger community.
Prepares documentation (e.g. user guides, sample lesson plans, etc.) for the purpose of documenting activities, providing written documentation and/or conveying information.
Provide feedback to teachers through classroom visits and professional coaching.
Regularly evaluates and reflects on professional practice and dispositions to improve and strengthen ability to effectively model and facilitate technology-enhanced learning experiences.
Supports the collaboration and communication among school staff through the management of electronic interaction venues (e.g. websites and video-conferencing, etc.).
Coordinates with school and technical support staff for timely reporting of equipment needing repair or other support issues, as well as ensuring the smooth and successful deployment of new technologies to include troubleshooting basic software, hardware and connectivity problems common to digital learning environments.
Coordinate purchasing management for the school and forward purchase order requests to Director of Technology and Division Directors for approval and ordering that support the shared technology plan vision of the school.
Engages in continual learning to deepen content and pedagogical knowledge in technology integration and current and emerging technologies.
Convey a positive image of The Pegasus School at all times when working with students, parents, employees and the public.
Required – Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years experience in the classroom and/or integrating technology into instruction.
Desirable – Possession of an advanced educational degree (e.g. MS, MA, EdS) and/or certification in support of curriculum and technology integration in the core academic areas. Prior work as a technology coach in an independent school environment.
Duties include, but are not limited to, observing instruction and providing feedback, modeling effective instructional strategies, offering and recommending resources, sharing research and emerging trends, collecting and analyzing data, assessing existing practices and matching needs with supports, and providing individual and group professional development. Requires knowledge and understanding of elementary education; principles and methods for curriculum and staff development; correspondence techniques and English composition, grammar, spelling and punctuation; knowledge of Microsoft Office, Google Apps for Education and/or equivalent programs. Skills required include instructing others; monitoring and assessing performance; using training and instructional methods appropriate for the situation; use of standard office equipment and educational tools. Ability to motivate and inspire teachers; communicate information clearly both orally and written; provide effective coaching and feedback; able to prioritize tasks and communicate effectively with teachers, students, parents and other employees. Ability to use technology/audio visual equipment for instructional purposes.