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2/08/06 My eCoach Offers FREE Accounts to Growing Professional Learning Community
2/08/06 My eCoach Announces Upgrade of My eCoach Online
2/01/06 Sara Armstrong, Ph.D., Joins My eCoach as Content Editor
12/16/05 My eCoach and the Cayman Islands Develop Pilot Professional Development Coaching Program
12/05/05 Beginning Teacher Program Uses My eCoach to Improve Teaching Practice and Build a Professional Learning Community
10/19/05 Julie Abott Joins My eCoach as Vice President of Business Development
6/27/05 My eCoach Online Chosen for International Project Between The United States, Australia, and New Zealand Schools
6/27/05 My eCoach Launches New Standards System in My eCoach Online
6/20/05 Statewide Math Program Chooses My eCoach Online as Primary Online Learning Community for Students and Teachers in Washington
6/10/05 My eCoach and Generation YES® To Develop New Technology Integration Professional Development Model for EETT Programs
4/16/05 Washington State and Virgin Islands Students Use My eCoach Online for Collaborative Inquiry Projects
3/10/05 My eCoach Releases New Front Page Design for My eCoach Online Web-Based Product
2/1/05 My eCoach Adds New Collaboration Tool in My eCoach Online
12/14/04 My eCoach Adds New Communication Features, National Standards, and Products

10/14/04
6/18/04

My eCoach Expands its Reach to New Teacher Programs, Regional Centers, and Districts in Louisiana, Washington, Wisconsin, and California

4/14/04

My eCoach eLibrary of Free Resources for Teachers and Students Receives Hundreds of Contributions from MovieWorks, FableVision®, Crick Software, and School Technology Resources

1/22/04

My eCoach Launches eLibrary of Copyright-Friendly Resources For Educational Community at FETC 2004 

12/29/03 My eCoach Moves to New Office
12/19/03 My eCoach Partners with California State University, Hayward Educational Technology Program
11/10/03

Education Service Center Region XV in Texas Uses My eCoach Online With Mentors From Thirty-One School Districts

10/23/03 My eCoach Announces New Coaching and Mentoring Features On My eCoach Online System
6/30/03 My eCoach Launches My eCoach Online


2/08/06

My eCoach Offers FREE Accounts to Growing Professional Learning Community

Portland, OR - February 8, 2006 - My eCoach (www.my-ecoach.com), the coaching and mentoring experts and leader of professional learning communities (PLCs), today announced the offering of free accounts with partial access to its flagship product, My eCoach Online, a web-based system that enables users to create and participate in customized online communities designed to support and facilitate coaching and mentoring programs.

The free accounts are available for individuals interested in being part of the larger My eCoach PLC. Free account users called Undrafted Players, using the My eCoach Online sports theme, have access to the following features:

  • Design and publish a website with a list of resources aligned to standards
  • Participate in online discussions with the entire community
  • Chat with other Undrafted Players
  • Create a personal blog space and comment on other member's blogs
  • Partial access and use relevant projects and copyright-friendly resources
  • Store resources in the Locker for easy retrieval

Barbara Bray, president and founder of My eCoach, said, "We are excited that our vision of a safe online environment where everyone can have resources from anywhere and anyone at anytime is now available to a wider user base. With the addition of Undrafted Players, our community will expand its reach to a global audience and connect people with similar interests. This means more collaboration, more learning - what a PLC is supposed to be about."

To sign up as an Undrafted Player, go to www.my-ecoach.com and click Sign Up for a free account.

Our subscribing members and clients continue to have full access to a variety of custom builders, communication and collaboration tools, thousands of proprietary resources not available to the public, and coaching tools as part of a coaching and mentoring account.

My eCoach offers customized accounts for our subscribing clients to cater to their professional learning needs by offering consulting, coaching, and customized support on-site and virtually. Our program was based on sound pedagogy and research from a dedicated team of teachers, technology experts, curriculum specialists, and professional developers.

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2/08/06

My eCoach Announces Upgrade of My eCoach Online

Portland, OR - February 8, 2006 - My eCoach (www.my-ecoach.com), the coaching and mentoring experts and leader of professional learning communities, today announced that the company has launched new features and enhancements to its flagship product My eCoach Online.

My eCoach Online is a web-based system that enables users to create and participate in customized online learning communities that support and facilitate coaching and mentoring programs, professional development, university courses, and more. The core of the My eCoach Online system is its unique supportive environment. Members are placed on teams (custom learning communities) as players or eCoaches (mentors, curriculum leaders, university faculty) and collaborate with each other via blogs, discussion boards, chat, internal mail program, and file sharing. Members are also able to create individual learning plans that track professional growth, design curriculum units and lesson plans aligned to standards, and access a growing community-driven eLibrary of copyright-friendly resources and projects.

New features launched today include:

My Calendar - an online shared calendar allowing users to input multiple event types.

  • records event date, description, location, and notes
  • view by year, month, week, and day
  • filter by event type
  • invitation system to allow others to view calendar events
  • email notification and reminders for events

Game Plan (Beta Testing) - a collaborative planning tool using a wiki format that allows users to create documents and publish on the web.

  • create documents from scratch and invite others to collaborate
  • edit and format documents using Game Plan editor
  • view document revision history and roll back to any version
  • embed images and upload appropriate files to documents
  • print documents in printer-friendly format
  • publish documents on the web to share with others

Enhancements to existing features include:

Improved Individual Learning Plan (ILP)

  • flexibility to design custom ILPs for specific needs
  • place for eCoaches to comment on Player ILPs
  • ability to create reflection journal blog to the ILP to monitor progress
  • export capability to a printer-friendly version in .rtf format

Message Center

  • Bcc and Cc email features available when sending My eCoach Message Center mail
  • option to receive email notification to normal email account for mail sent through the Message Center

Blog

  • resource uploader tool that allows users to easily insert links, images, and downloadable files to their blogs
  • Coolest Tips and Tricks Blog - a weekly blog from president and founder, Barbara Bray that features up-to-date tips on the latest software and web-based tools for personal, classroom, or professional use.

Team Discussion Board

  • sort topics and posts by topic, author, date posted and last activity
  • view number of replies to each post
  • hide, show, and thread all posts
  • ability for authors to edit or delete posts and replies

"We make it a priority to provide our customers with features that make their job easier. The addition of My Calendar and the Game Plan lets our members collaborate and share seamlessly whether they are working at the same school site or interacting across the ocean," said Barbara Bray, president and founder of My eCoach.

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02/01/06

Sara Armstrong, Ph.D., Joins My eCoach as Content Editor

Oakland, CA February 1, 2006 - My eCoach (www.my-ecoach.com), the coaching and mentoring experts and leader of professional learning communities, today announced the addition of Sara Armstrong, Ph.D., to the My eCoach team as Content Editor. Sara, published author and well-respected educational pioneer, will work on researching and developing educational and professional content such as best practices, case studies, research articles, podcasts and other resources for My eCoach's professional learning community.

"Sara's expertise and deep understanding of educational issues will be a tremendous asset to our team," said Barbara Bray, president and founder of My eCoach. "We are fortunate to have someone like Sara to help us in continuing our commitment to bring high-quality, resources to educators and their students."

Sara brings over 30 years of experience in education as a teacher, professional developer, and leader in technology integration in education. She worked as the Director of Content at The George Lucas Educational Foundation and is currently engaged in a variety of projects involving professional development, curriculum design, information literacy, storytelling and technology. She is the author and co-author of several books including "A Pocket Tour of Kid stuff on the Internet" and "Net Savvy: Information Literacy in the Communications Age." She contributed to "Future Courses: A Compendium of Thought about Education, Technology, and the Future," (Technos Press, Jason Ohler, ed., 2001), and is the editor of "Snapshots! Educational Insights from the Thornburg Center" (Starsong, 2003), "Edutopia: Success Stories for Learning in the Digital Age" (Jossey-Bass and The George Lucas Educational Foundation, 2002), and the Computer Using Educator's (CUE) OnCUE Journal.

Sara offered, "It's so important for educators to be able to collaborate and share resources. My eCoach offers this opportunity, plus so much more. I'm thrilled to be a part of the My eCoach team to expand resources that support teaching and learning and to compile case studies demonstrating best practices."

Sara received an M.A. in Education and a Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Education from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1981 and 1991 respectively. She holds a California teaching credential.

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12/16/05


My eCoach and the Cayman Islands Develop Pilot Professional Development Coaching Program

Oakland, CA December 16, 2005 - My eCoach (www.my-ecoach.com), the coaching and mentoring experts and leader of professional learning communities, announced a new pilot coaching program at John Gray High School of the Cayman Islands through its Technology Integration Project; a one-year pilot to assess the most effective way to encourage staff to develop technology-rich lesson plans.

John Shillito, Data and Communications Coordinator of John Gray High School said, "All schools in the Cayman Islands have seen a major investment in technology over the last 3 years through the ITALIC (Improving Teaching and Learning in Cayman) program. The Technology Integration Project pilot extends ITALIC by focusing on staff professional development."

To carry out the goals of the Technology Integration Project, John Gray High School will use My eCoach Online as the primary communication and collaboration environment for the teachers at John Gray High School. John Shillito will lead the project and act as the on-site Head eCoach to support 6 eCoaches (lead teachers) representing all departments in the high school. The eCoaches will develop at least 10 technology-rich lesson plans between January and June 2006 that will be used as models for other teachers to use.

"We chose My eCoach because it appears to be a comprehensive and flexible tool to get us where we want to be. The ability to collaborate in My eCoach Online while developing lesson plans is exactly what we were looking for. My eCoach also has a very personal touch - their Head eCoaching staff's enthusiasm will, I'm sure, rub off on our teachers!" offered Shillito.

Shillito is working with his eCoaches and the My eCoach staff to input Cayman Islands standards, develop a skills profile for the eCoaches, and create an evaluation criteria that will measure the efficacy of the program as a pilot for all of the teachers in the school and possibly for other coaching programs in the Cayman Islands.

Barbara Bray, Founder and CEO of My eCoach said, "We are excited about expanding our reach to the Cayman Islands. As part of our larger Professional Learning Community in My eCoach Online, teachers from this region will be able to collaborate with other teachers in the United States and abroad. The Cayman Islands will add another level of connecting, sharing, and learning beyond borders."


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12/05/05


Beginning Teacher Program Uses My eCoach to Improve Teaching Practice and Build a Professional Learning Community

Oakland, CA - December 5, 2005 - My eCoach (www.my-ecoach.com), the coaching and mentoring experts and leader of professional learning communities, announced that the East Bay Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) Consortium has chosen Alameda Unified School District to pilot the My eCoach Program for the 2005-06 school year. Ten support providers will use My eCoach's flagship product, My eCoach Online, to build a customized online professional learning community to support new teachers in the BTSA program.

Diana Kenney, BTSA Elementary Site Coordinator in Alameda is the designated lead eCoach having completed My eCoach's Coaching and Mentoring Program for teacher educators last year. Kenney said,"My eCoach is the perfect fit for our BTSA program. Our BTSA consortium requires our teachers to attend one monthly after-school seminar. Using the features and resources provided in My eCoach Online will encourage teachers to discuss important issues using the discussion board, complete their CFASST [California Formative Assessment and Support System for Teachers] and induction activities all within the My eCoach environment. I am excited that my district is first of the consortium to pioneer this new way of supporting our teachers using an online professional learning community."

My eCoach provides a multilevel support approach for its customers in a unique and inviting online environment. As the lead eCoach, Kenney will be assigned as Head eCoach from the My eCoach staff who provides resources and ongoing coaching to ensure that Kenney and her team of support providers implement a successful program.

Barbara Bray, Founder and CEO of My eCoach said, "Our focus on improving teaching practice fits well with the BTSA program goals in supporting new teachers. We are confident that the combination of BTSA's face-to-face mentoring strategies and online coaching using My eCoach Online will benefit the teachers providing them with a professional learning community with tools and resources that beginning teachers need."

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10/19/05


Julie Abbott joins My eCoach as Vice President of Business Development

Oakland, CA - October 19, 2005 - My eCoach (www.my-ecoach.com), the coaching and mentoring experts, today announced Julie Abbott as Vice President of Business Development. Abbott will oversee and lead My eCoach’s business development and sales team by setting strategic direction for building revenue and increasing awareness of My eCoach’s professional development services and products. Abbott will be based in Kansas City, Missouri and report to Founder and CEO, Barbara Bray.

“Julie Abbott has a proven track record of securing multi-year contracts and achieving aggressive sales objectives, said Bray.” Her strong business background and expertise in many facets of sales will play an integral role in My eCoach’s continued success as an industry leader in building professional learning communities through coaching and mentoring programs.”

Abbott brings over eighteen years of experience in sales and operations management. She was most recently Vice President for Business Development at NewsBank/TCR, where for the past 9 years she built a solid client base, developed programs for optimal service, and provided ongoing leadership to a team of curriculum sales specialists throughout North America. Prior to joining NewsBank/TCR Abbott was Regional Sales Director for the ARAMARK Corporation.

Abbott graduated from Boswells, Essex, England in 1981, has a national diploma in Business Management, and completed an Executive MBA course on Strategic Leadership at the Smeal College of Business.


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6/27/05


My eCoach Online Chosen for International Project Between The United States, Australia, and New Zealand Schools

Philadelphia, PA - June 27, 2005 - My eCoach, the coaching and mentoring experts, announced today that its web-based product My eCoach Online will be the primary online telecommunication resource between students and teachers in the implementation of an International Society for Technology in Education Affiliate classroom environmental project with Queensland, Australia’s Aboriginal students, New Zealand Maori students, and Northwest Washington State American Indian students from the Lummi Nation.

What is unique about this collaborative project is that it involves indigenous students from remote locations who will share their digital stories. My eCoach will work closely with a core group of teachers representing five classrooms from each location to design the structure of the program. New communication, coaching, and curriculum tools in My eCoach Online will allow students to share images and stories about their history and their culture with the other students. Students will use blogs, real-time chat, and other web-based publishing tools in My eCoach Online’s safe environment.

"My eCoach provides the appropriate resources for indigenous students in Washington, New Zealand, and Australia to share their stories and reflections. Teachers will not have to worry about safety on the Internet as their students participate in online discussions and publish their digital stories in My eCoach Online," wrote James Smith, Supervisor of EETT Programs, Washington state department.

Barbara Bray, Founder and CEO of My eCoach added, "We are very excited about adding an international program to our existing Washington state project, NO LIMIT (New Outcomes: Learning in Mathematics Integrating Technology). In this new international project, the students from the Lummi Nation will use My eCoach Online to communicate and share images and stories with the indigenous students in Australia and New Zealand. This is an amazing opportunity to show how My eCoach and student voices can harness the power of the Internet."

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6/27/05


My eCoach Launches New Standards System in My eCoach Online

Philadelphia, PA - June 27, 2005 - My eCoach, the coaching and mentoring experts, introduced today at the National Educational Computing Conference (Booth #73) a powerful new standards system to its innovative suite of communication, collaboration, coaching, and curriculum tools for teachers and mentors. Key features that improve the existing standards system include easier user-interface and better navigation for alignment to lessons, resources and projects. The system also includes a new standards viewer that allows users to review standards before they develop a project and to find projects and resources aligned to a specific standard.

The power of the new My eCoach standards system is that users will be able to quickly find the appropriate standards without clicking multiple times and opening numerous windows. Users can select one standard and click to align to the project they are working on and then look for another standard without leaving that page. A cookie crumb is left at the top of the page that allows users to easily back track and get to another standards area.

My eCoach also provides a customized standards service to clients, by working with clients individually to import their standards into the My eCoach database and ensure that their specific needs are fulfilled. Barbara Bray, Founder and CEO of My eCoach said, "Our customers expressed frustration with other standards tools because many systems do not update their state standards with grade level expectations nor do they include local content, professional, and technology standards. Therefore, teachers were not able to align lessons to the appropriate standards. As part of our customized service, we can add or update any standard quickly and easily.”

Screen shots are available upon request.

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 6/20/05


Statewide Math Program Chooses My eCoach Online as Primary Online Learning Community for Students and Teachers in Washington

Oakland, CA - June 20, 2005 - My eCoach, the coaching and mentoring experts, is pleased to announce a new collaboration with the Washington State Title II Part D, NCLB/EETT (Enhancing Education Through Technology) project, “NO LIMIT!” (New Outcomes: Learning in Mathematics Integrating Technology). My eCoach’s web-based coaching and mentoring environment, My eCoach Online, will be used by the Math Integration Specialists who function as Coach-Mentors to over 250 NO LIMIT Math classrooms, operating from nine statewide Educational Service Districts, the Network Learning Community Satellite in Bellingham, WA and the Learning Disabled Program of EETT operated from the Central Washington State University in Ellensburg, WA.

James L. Smith, Washington State EETT Program Supervisor said, “We have tried other online learning environments and found that they didn’t provide the necessary tools to meet our needs. The flexibility and user-friendliness of My eCoach Online and the ongoing support from the My eCoach staff is the solution we have been searching for.”

My eCoach will work closely with each NO LIMIT team to build a customized coaching program based on the My eCoach Coaching Model so the eCoaches (mentors) can support their teachers and students to improve the teaching of math.

"We are very lucky to take what we learned last year with the NO LIMIT project supported by eCoaches David Tucker and Ken Bakken to now expand across the state of Washington," Barbara Bray, Founder and CEO of My eCoach commented.

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6/10/05


My eCoach and Generation YES® To Develop New Technology Integration Professional Development Model for EETT Programs

Oakland, CA - June 10, 2005 - My eCoach (www.my-ecoach.com), the coaching and mentoring experts, is working in collaboration with Generation YES (www.genyes.com) to develop a comprehensive new technology integration professional development model for three math-related EETT programs in Washington state. This new model will combine My eCoach’s online collaborative support for teachers through it’s web-based coaching and mentoring environment, My eCoach Online, with the exemplary Generation YES model of students providing technology integration support.

“Combining the power of students with online teacher support means that these teachers will receive unprecedented support for their technology integration efforts,” says Dr. Dennis Harper, CEO of Generation YES and founder of the GenYES™ model. “Technology integration in schools often stops at the classroom door because teachers don’t have time or support when and where they need it. The combination of Generation YES and My eCoach solves these problems.”

Through the program, teachers receive a technology suite of resources including a laptop, projector, and document camera and can voluntarily choose two students from their class to be “Student eCoaches.” Student eCoaches will be trained by Generation YES and building staff to provide technical support for the technology suite, as well as to facilitate and support the integration of technology into math instruction through My eCoach Online. My eCoach Online will provide the online learning community with the communication, collaboration, coaching, and curriculum tools for teachers to work together and for students to provide input as part of the feedback loop.

"We are excited about partnering with Generation YES to create a new Student eCoach program. With students as part of the learning community, teachers will have the support they need in the classroom as they implement and evaluate their math lessons. Student eCoaches will be able to provide feedback on the lessons taught which will ultimately help improve teaching practice," commented Barbara Bray, CEO of My eCoach.


About Generation YES
Generation YES (www.genyes.com) works with schools all around the world to plan, implement and enhance student technology programs through innovative curriculum, online tools and research-based support services.


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4/16/05


Washington State and Virgin Islands Students Use My eCoach® Online for Collaborative Inquiry Projects

Seattle, WA-March 16, 2005—Together with the Wesleyan Academy and Moravian School in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and Evergreen Elementary in Fort Lewis, Washington, My eCoach (www.my-ecoach.com), the coaching and mentoring experts, announced a collaborative research project using My eCoach Online as the primary medium for students in both locations to share information, post ideas and findings, and develop inquiry projects on ten topics about water.

The coordinators of the project, Vicki Albrecht and Meredith Blache, received virtual coaching from My eCoach president, Barbara Bray and Washington-based eCoach, David Tucker, to plan and develop the goals and design of the projects. Albrecht and Blache coached the lead teachers in the Virgin Islands, Julie Cruz and Angele Warner, and in Washington, Kenton Morrison. "Barbara Bray was a great support in helping us figure out how our long-distance projects would unfold. I am not sure we could have completed a project like this without the use of My eCoach Online and the resources and workspace that it provides," Meredith Blache commented.

The lead teachers guide ten teams of 2-3 students each from their schools as they conduct research and engage in hands-on investigations on different topics about water. Using the collaboration and communication tools in My eCoach Online, students on one team in the Virgin Islands are able to exchange information and discuss their research findings with a Washington team in a safe and secure environment.

Each team from the Virgin Islands and another in Washington will collaborate to create an inquiry project using My eCoach Online’s curriculum builders. Examples of some of the topics they chose as projects include: natural disasters and the affects on water; animals in our watershed; how our bodies of water are different; season and the affect on water; pollution and the affects on sea life.

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3/10/05


My eCoach Releases New Front Page Design for My eCoach Online Web-Based Product

Palm Springs, CA- March 10, 2005- My eCoach, the coaching and mentoring experts, announced its new Home Field design for My eCoach Online, an online learning community that supports coaching and mentoring programs. The new design offers better navigation for members to communicate and collaborate within the system.

My eCoach Online allows coaches, mentors, university faculty, and professional developers to coach teachers in a web-based environment that encourages curriculum development, peer collaboration, and ongoing support. Its flexible interface was designed to allow for seamless integration of a client’s existing professional development program and provide an online learning community that develops and supports an effective coaching and mentoring program.

The new design of My eCoach Online’s Home Field includes:

  • Easier navigation tools organized in relevant categories
  • Communication and collaboration tools all in one place
  • Ability to see who’s online from every page
  • More efficient communications using our internal messaging system
  • New standards viewer aligned to standards in user’s profile
  • Latest news and information in eCoach News
  • New look for coaching feedback and comments

"We responded to our members’ input on streamlining the Home Field and usability of our online learning community. The improvements help make coaching and mentoring for our members more efficient and easier to use. Our clients are our best advocates and advisers, so we thank them for helping us become an even better resource,"commented Barbara Bray, President and CEO of My eCoach.

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2/1/05


My eCoach Adds New Collaboration Tool in My eCoach Online

Oakland, CA- February 1, 2005- My eCoach, the coaching and mentoring experts, has added Team Up!, a new teacher collaboration tool in My eCoach Online, the company’s web-based coaching program. This new feature is a welcome addition to My eCoach Online’s suite of communication and collaboration tools for teachers and mentors.

Team Up! provides a password-protected place where teachers and mentors can search for other My eCoach Online members to collaborate with on developing standards-based curriculum activities. Members can post an idea or topic of their own or search through postings from others similar to the “Classified Section” of a newspaper. Additionally, the Team Up! feature expands on My eCoach Online's Co-Authoring tool. The Co-Authoring tool is an internal invitation system where members receive email notification inviting them to collaborate on a project.

Barbara Bray, President and CEO of My eCoach said, "We developed the Team Up! feature in response to our members' request to find other teachers or mentors in our online community who share an interest in a particular topic. We look forward to helping our members connect in this manner to create activities that support student learning."

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12/14/04


My eCoach Adds New Communication Features, National Standards, and Products

Oakland, CA- December 14, 2004- My eCoach, the coaching and mentoring experts, has added new and updated features and products to its current line of offerings and services: Message Center, Instant Messaging, New State and National Standards, Third-Party Software, My eCoach Technology Tutorials, and My eCoach Gear.

Message Center and Chat
Message Center: members can quickly and easily send messages to other members, manage incoming and outgoing messages, and create group contact lists. This feature also enables members to search for other members to collaborate with.

Instant Messaging: members can communicate with other logged-in members by entering the community Chat Room. This feature allows members to collaborate with each other and share best practices with the click of a button.

New and Updated Standards

  • National Geography Standards
  • National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
  • National Council for Social Studies (NCSS)
  • South Carolina Standards (other state standards already in system)
  • Information Literacy Standards (ALA)

Members can add these standard sets to their My eCoach Online profile. In doing so, any projects and lesson plans that members create can be aligned to the appropriate standard from the selected standard set.

New Technology Tutorials

  • Microsoft Office 2003 Guides for PowerPoint and Excel

New Products in the My eCoach® Store

  • My eCoach® Gear: Following the My eCoach sports theme, educators can now purchase My eCoach’s exclusive line of baseball caps, computer bags, whistles, hand-made business card holders for teachers, and polo shirts.
  • Third-party products and software: My eCoach® partners with companies who offer products that encourage inquiry, collaborative learning, and authentic learning experiences. My eCoach Store includes products from the following companies: Ethnic Arts & Facts, FableVision, Inspiration, Tech4Learning, and Crick Software.


Please also read the Inside Ticket, My eCoach’s® bi-monthly membership newsletter announcing new features and members (districts, regional centers, schools, universities, etc.) to My eCoach Online.

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10/14/04

eMINTS Partners with My eCoach® in Developing Pilot Coaching Program

Oakland, CA- October 18, 2004 –In partnering with My eCoach, the eMINTS (Enhancing Missouri’s Instructional Networked Teaching Strategies) National Center, a collaborative education program sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the University of Missouri System Office of Academic Affairs, will build a program that sustains the current eMINTS 2-year professional development program so that eMINTS teachers will have opportunities to participate in a full ongoing support system.

My eCoach will support eMINTS Area Instructional Specialists (AIS), and Cluster Instructional Specialists (CIS) as they use My eCoach Online curriculum builders and communication tools to develop eMINTS instructional modules as online tracks. Two CIS will then be selected as eCoaches to coach veteran eMINTS teachers using My eCoach Online’s environment as they receive on-going support in the form of resources, tools, and feedback from My eCoach staff. This will allow for the extension of eMINTS professional development and collaboration among eMINTS veteran teachers and their coaches well beyond the intensive two-year program that eMINTS provides.

President and CEO of My eCoach, Barbara Bray said, “We are excited to be working with eMINTS. Their goal in supporting educators to use innovative teaching practices that improve student performance and enrich instructional effectiveness fits with our core beliefs about teaching and professional development. We are delighted that as members of My eCoach Online, eMINTS eCoaches and teachers will contribute to our growing community of forward-thinking educators.”

Director of the National eMINTS Center, Monica Beglau noted, “The eMINTS National Center’s goal of transforming education for all learners through high quality teaching powered by technology can be achieved through our work with organizations such as My eCoach®. We look forward to working together in improving how teachers learn new ways to help students learn.”

About eMINTS
The eMINTS National Center serves as a resource base for Missouri schools and districts as well as for other states that wish to collaborate with eMINTS staff and with one another to replicate the eMINTS instructional model within their educational systems. For more information visit the eMINTS National Center website

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6/18/04

My eCoach Online Expands its Reach to New teacher Programs, Math Projects, and Regional Professional Development Programs

New Orleans, LA- June 18, 2004 –Since its launch in 2003, My eCoach Online has been integrated into coaching and mentoring programs all over the United States including: Louisiana, California, Washington, Texas, Florida, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Michigan.

Louisiana Practitioner Teacher Program – The New Teacher Project, LA
First year teachers in rural parishes in Franklin and Opelousas used My eCoach Online in their Mathematics and Literacy content seminar course as a part of their certification program through The New Teacher Project. Teachers were required to develop standards-based units, participate in online discussion boards, and develop an online portfolio of their work using My eCoach Online.

North Central Educational Regional District, Wenachee, WA
NCESD serves 29 school districts in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, and Okanogan Counties, which include 12,600 square miles or approximately 20 percent of the geographical area of the state. Karen Schmitten, program coordinator, coaches teachers in the Teaching American History Grant Project and support them as they use My eCoach Online to collaborate and develop curriculum activities for their students on the Pacific Northwest.

Alameda Unified School District, Alameda, CA
Media Specialists, Roxanne Clement and Diana Kenney, have become new eCoaches ready to coach teachers to develop projects aligned with the themes in SuccessMaker from Houghton Mifflin. The Beginning Teacher Assessment (BTSA) program is investigating strategies for My eCoach Online to support new teachers and provide an online area for them to post evidence and reflections.
California Technology Assistance Program (CTAP) Region IV, CA
Several of the CTAP Region IV staff are eCoaches so they can support teachers. Last year’s summer institute participants will have access to My eCoach Online with support from Technology Specialists Sandy Oliver and Jason Sutter. At this summer’s Literacy Academies at Alameda and Solano County Offices of Education, Adrienne DeWolfe and 3 other eCoaches will coach the participants as they create and post lessons, reflections, and share ideas and discussions.

John O’Connell High School, San Francisco, CA
John O’Connell’s Curriculum and Technology Integration Specialist Connie Hendrix has used My eCoach Online with her graduate students at San Francisco State University in the past. As part of a mini-grant Connie will be using the system again with teachers at John O’Connell to develop model curriculum and increase their technology skills.

No Limit Math Training Course, Bellingham, Newport, and Grandview, WA
David Tucker and Ken Bakken attended the eCoach institute in 2003. They have adapted My eCoach Online as a staff development program. Teachers in rural and remote areas of Washington State will be guided with support from David, Ken and two other eCoaches through a focused training model to improve their instructional competence in math. Teachers will create an exemplary lesson (in eCoach) guided by 'best practices' research and participating in year long, classroom-based training. Teachers will create an exemplary lesson (in eCoach) guided by 'best practices' research and participating in year long, classroom-based training.

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4/14/04

My eCoach eLibrary of Free Resources for Teachers and Students Receives Hundreds of Contributions from MovieWorks, FableVision, Crick Software, and School Technology Resources

Spokane, WA- April 14, 2004 – The My eCoach eLibrary is a searchable database of original artwork, photos, educational handouts and templates, literature activities, video clips, sound bytes, standards aligned units and lesson plans, and websites submitted by artists, photographers, teachers, and members of the My eCoach Online community. To add more quality resources to the My eCoach eLibrary collection, My eCoach has formed partnerships with several educational companies including MovieWorks, FableVision, Crick Software and School Technology Resources.

MovieWorks has donated over 100 resources including clip art, photos, and video from its MovieWorks software, a multimedia authoring suite. Bill LaCommare, president and CEO of MovieWorks said, "My eCoach offers terrific resources for educators. Its eLibrary is a great place to find copyright-free and curriculum-friendly media. We're pleased to contribute a small sampling of MovieWorks content to this helpful resource and look forward to the continuing success of My eCoach."

FableVision, a media publisher and developer specializing in children’s and educational multimedia, contributed static and animated clip art. Co-founder and President, Peter Reynolds offered, "FableVision® shares in My eCoach's vision to provide quality products and services that will inspire creativity in teachers and students. We are happy to donate clip art of each of the U.S. Presidents for students and teachers to use for school projects."

Other partners include: Crick Software, developer of reading and writing software, who donated sound files of animals, words, phonemes, and more; and School Technology Resources, an education technology sales company that provides hardware technology solutions, who donated scientific images taken from SCALAR microscope cameras.

Teachers, students, and the global audience can use and access the My eCoach eLibrary collection for individual or classroom use by visiting www.my-ecoach.com/elibrary.

My eCoach will be exhibiting in Booth #338 at the Northwest Council for Computer Education conference in Spokane, WA from April 14-16, 2004.

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1/22/04

My eCoach Launches eLibrary of Copyright-friendly Resources for EducationalCommunity at FETC 2004

Orlando, FL- January 22, 2004 - My eCoach, division of Computer Strategies, LLC, is pleased to announce the My eCoach® Online eLibrary of free educational resources and projects for teachers and students of all ages. The eLibrary houses original artwork, photos, handouts and templates, literature activities, video, inquiry-based projects, thematic units, lesson plans, and websites submitted by artists, photographers, teachers, and members of the My eCoach Online community.

“We developed our eLibrary so that teachers and students can access and use quality resources without worrying about copyright infringement. We are delighted that teachers and students can use these resources for classroom use such as multimedia projects and websites,” said Barbara Bray, President and CEO of My eCoach and Computer Strategies, LLC.

Rosalie Ritz, a former courtroom artist who has covered famous trials from 1968 through 1994 including the trials of Patty Hearst, O.J. Simpson, and Black Panthers, has generously donated several original sketches of historical figures such as drawings of Harriet Tubman, Sacagawea, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and Robert E. Lee to the My eCoach Online eLibrary collection.

“As an artist of 80 years old who loves drawing, I feel that My eCoach has provided me with a new purpose for my art. I am learning history all over again and creating images that I hope teachers and students will be able to use as they learn history and current events,” said Rosalie Ritz about her contributions to the eLibrary.

Resources can be easily searched by grade level, curriculum area, resource type, or keyword. My eCoach has established relationships with business partners and university programs to contribute more resources to the eLibrary. Soon, visitors will be able to visit the eLibrary and submit resources to the eLibrary collection by following a formal review process to ensure quality control.

My eCoach will be exhibiting in Booth #1111. If you would like to schedule a meeting with Barbara Bray, President of My eCoach, please contact Leilani Carbonell Pedroni at leilani@my-ecoach.com or at 510.635.8033.

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12/29/03

My eCoach Moves to New Office

Oakland, CA-December 29, 2004-My eCoach moved to a larger office space in the Edgewater Park Plaza in Oakland, CA. The Edgewater Park Plaza is located one mile from Oakland International Airport and a 25-minute drive from San Francisco.

Our new address is:

My eCoach, a Division of Computer Strategies, LLC
3527 Mt. Diablo Blvd. #268
Lafayette, CA 94549

Phone (510.635.8033) and Fax (510-562-4570) numbers remain the same.

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12/19/03

My eCoach Partners with California State University, Hayward Education Technology Program

Oakland, CA-December 19, 2003-My eCoach is pleased to announce a formal internship program partnership with the Educational Technology Graduate Program at California State University, Hayward (CSU-Hayward). The My eCoach University Internship Program’s mission is to provide professional experience for graduate students in the field of Education, Educational Technology, Instructional Technology, and Graphic Design.

Dr. Li-Ling Cheng, associate professor of Educational Technology at CSU-Hayward said, “the internship opportunity with My eCoach brings our educational technology graduate students at CSU-Hayward into business settings for quarter-long experiences that include a range of responsibilities,
from graphic creation, to Web design, and to project management.”

The My eCoach University Internship program was established two years ago as an informal partnership between My eCoach and San Francisco State University’s (SFSU) Instructional Technologies department. Peggy Lin, SFSU graduate student and My eCoach’s first intern said, “I interned with My eCoach for a year and a half while attending graduate school at SFSU. Through this internship, I was able to participate in the development of an online coaching system for teachers and see first-hand how the product was implemented in several districts and programs across the country.”

“Our partnership benefits both sides where graduate students have a real opportunity to apply what they have learned and earn graduate school credit while helping our company grow,” said Barbara Bray, President and CEO of My eCoach.

Visit our Internship Page

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11/10/03

Educational Service Center Region XV in Texas uses My eCoach Online with Mentors from Thirty-One School Districts

Oakland, CA-November 10, 2003-Under the Technology Applications Readiness Grant for Empowering Texas (TARGET2 Grant), a No Child Left Behind funded program, Region XV in Texas will begin using My eCoach Online today to support their mentoring program. The TARGET2 program includes sixty-two participants from thirty-one districts in Texas.
The first goal of the TARGET2 grant is to provide coaching strategies that allow participants to work closely with other adult learners (the campus cadre composed of an 8th grade Social Studies teacher, a content teacher comfortable with technology, and a partner district) in the assessment process of reflective practice and peer review. Through the support of the peer review, participants will use My eCoach Online to design and facilitate highly challenging learning experiences while developing model lessons that integrate technology resources that support students learning through problem-based learning.

“The My eCoach Online system allows for a platform for necessary follow-up support in order to maintain and “stretch” the campus cadre in the development of teacher lessons and student products that focus on higher order thinking skills, analysis, synthesis, and evaluative conclusions as prescribed by state academic standards,” said Donna Pohl, Coordinator of Technology for Region XV.

“The TARGET2 program goals align perfectly with what we intended My eCoach Online to be used for,” said Barbara Bray, CEO and President of My eCoach and Computer Strategies, LLC. “Research indicates that coaching and mentoring programs designed like TARGET2 will result in high returns. We are excited to work with Texas teachers in helping them achieve their objectives.”

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10/23/03

My eCoach Announces New Coaching and Mentoring Features

Oakland, CA-October 23, 2003-My eCoach introduces new and updated collaboration tools and features for teachers and mentors in My eCoach Online, the company’s innovative system that supports schools, districts, and university coaching and mentoring programs.

Schools, districts, and university programs use My eCoach® Online to support their coaching and mentoring programs and courses for in-service and pre-service teachers. Existing features include:


1) coaching and mentoring management tools;
2) ability to develop an ePortfolio
3) curriculum builders;
4) easy-to-use standards database;
5) ability to collaborate on project development;
6) online storage; and
7) eLibrary filled with resources (images, handouts, templates).


Newly added tools and features include:
Post a Resource-mentors can upload files and websites for their teachers to access and download. The resources are conveniently stored on the Team page for easy access.

Ask Head eCoach-mentors can now ask for support to their assigned Head eCoaches. Teachers use the Ask eCoach feature to communicate with their mentor, while mentors use Ask Head eCoach for support and best practices in working with their mentees.
Player Profile-mentors can view their player’s teaching environment information including the player’s teaching philosophy and available resources. This provides mentors with critical information to better support their teachers.

Meet the Author-projects that teachers create link to the Meet the Author page that displays teaching information entered in their profile and can be viewed by anyone.

Player’s Guide (Version 1.4)-updated version to add to the eCoach professional development resources found in the My eCoach Online eLibrary. This guide is designed to help mentors plan their site-based eCoaching program.

“We are committed in developing more useful and relevant additions to My eCoach Online that support teachers,” said Barbara Bray, CEO and President of My eCoach and Computer Strategies, LLC. “Our ideas for new tools and features come from our growing community of educators who know best what is needed to be effective in the classroom.”

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6/30/03

My eCoach Launches My eCoach Online for Teachers at NECC

SEATTLE, WA-June 30, 2003-My eCoach (www.my-ecoach.com), a division of Computer Strategies, LLC, will launch My eCoach Online, a customizable coaching and mentoring system that provides a cost-efficient and sustainable online professional development program for schools and universities.

My eCoach Online is a networked learning community that provides communication and collaboration tools, resources, and researched-based instructional methods to support educators in their teaching practice. Using My eCoach Online’s innovative program, teachers become members of a team that is guided by their own eCoach (teacher mentor or teacher education faculty). My eCoach Online includes innovative tools:

1) online coaching and mentoring management tools;
2) curriculum builders;
3) easy-to-use standards database;
4) ability to collaborate on project development;
5) online storage;
6) public library aligned to standards, and much more.

Schools and university programs can use My eCoach Online to support their professional development program and courses for in-service and pre-service teachers to collaborate, access, create, and publish inquiry-based projects, lessons, and resources.

“My eCoach Online supports our company’s mission in revolutionizing teaching, learning, and professional development. Instead of just thinking out of the box, My eCoach Online pulls teachers out of the box and guides them as they develop new strategies of teaching and learning,” said Barbara Bray, President/CEO of My eCoach and Computer Strategies, LLC.

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