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Meeting NCLB: Title II - Part D: EETT

What professional development will be provided to meet the needs of the teachers and administrators? Does it focus on using technology to improve teaching and learning?


My eCoach® works with your district team and follows the curriculum component benchmarks and timeline of your NCLB and Title II-D (EETT) program by providing professional development that is job-embedded, focused on standards-based curriculum, and is based on student and teacher data. My eCoach® facilitates a coaching and mentoring program by providing coaching, communication, collaboration, and curriculum tools for mentors and teachers to learn best practices, pedagogy, and strategies to improve teaching practice and increase student achievement.

  1. What professional development opportunities are available online?
  2. Does it address any needed technology skills development?
  3. Is professional development embedded in the workplace to promote practicing new skills and collaboratively discussing experiences?
  4. Is professional development accessible to those who need to participate?
  5. Do those participating in professional development have access to the technology tools they need to apply new skills immedi-ately following the training? How will professional develop-ment plans be coordinated with purchasing plans to facilitate access?
  6. Is timely support available as teachers and administrators try to implement new skills?
  7. For each grade level and each content area, how can technology be used to help students meet or exceed grade-level standards?
  8. How can technology be used to extend the school day for students and to make learning resources available during after-school hours?
  9. How will the school district know whether implementation of this plan has made a positive impact on teaching and learning?
  10. Does the professional development program help teachers use technology to increase their own subject matter knowledge and/or advance their own professional learning?
  11. How will the professional development program incorporate “The Design Elements for High-Quality Professional Development”?
Q What professional development opportunities are available online?
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My eCoach® Online is a networked learning community that focuses on coaching and mentoring. Some of the professional development opportunities available include action research, literature review, curriculum development, collaborative planning, finding best practices and coaching from their mentor and others in the community. Mentors can use the online tools to help their teachers meet their professional learning goals. Teachers are encouraged to collaborate and support each other to help them become better teachers.

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Q Does it address any needed technology skills development?
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Teachers create individual learning plans (ILPs) that address their technology integration goals and the steps to take to meet these goals. Mentors refer to the teacher’s ILP to customize coaching. My eCoach® Online members have access to over 200 step-by-step technology tutorials and other resources in the eLibrary. Teachers use the online tools, tutorials, and receive coaching support to learn new technology skills that address the NETS Technology Standards for Teachers. Teachers can use the tutorials with their students to increase their technology skills as addressed in NETS for Students.

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Q Is professional development embedded in the workplace to promote practicing new skills and collaboratively discussing experiences?
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My eCoach® is a coaching and mentoring program that promotes building capacity and ongoing sustainable professional development on-site, online, during the day from anywhere at anytime. Mentors are curriculum and technology leaders of the organization. My eCoach® coaches the mentors and provides ongoing online support. Mentors have access to online collaborative and coaching tools and just-in-time resources to facilitate their teachers learning new skills to improve their teaching practice. Mentors create and manage their coaching program in the form of feedback, coaching, and encouraging teachers to share ideas using discussion boards, chat, reflective journals, an internal messaging system, and other communication tools. Files, documents, and data can be shared, reviewed, and uploaded for all to use.

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Q Is professional development accessible to those who need to participate?
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My eCoach® Online is accessible at anytime from anywhere. Mentors have access to coaching, management, and feedback tools to support their teachers. Teachers can store resources and projects in their online locker and have access to communication, collaboration, and curriculum tools. Administrators can join their district team to provide feedback and receive coaching and resources. Guest experts and student mentors can join the team to provide feedback and support. Students can access copyright-free resources and curriculum activities without logging in.

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Q Do those participating in professional development have access to the technology tools they need to apply new skills immedi-ately following the training? How will professional develop-ment plans be coordinated with purchasing plans to facilitate access?
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Teachers and mentors receive a login to My eCoach® Online at the initial face-to-face training and throughout the implementation of the program. Teachers immediately apply their learning of new skills by using My eCoach® Online’s tools to develop standards-based activities that integrate technology into the curriculum and are able to publish on the web for students to use immediately.
My eCoach® provides district representatives free accounts with a walk-through to determine if the online program is appropriate for their professional development needs. Plans to purchase memberships and training can be coordinated to fit the district’s timeline and budget. My eCoach® can provide coaching on other resources if they meet the goals of the program.

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Q Is timely support available as teachers and administrators try to implement new skills?
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The My eCoach® staff and technical team provides just-in-time support for mentors through online coaching tools, comments, feedback forms, an internal message system, phone, and e-mail. Each page offers a Help screen. Tips and Hints are included with all the features. Tutorials, checklists, and worksheets about the curriculum builders are available in the eLibrary. Teachers and administrators work with the mentors for support first since they received coaching on the features.

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Q For each grade level and each content area, how can technology be used to help students meet or exceed grade-level standards?
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My eCoach® Online has a large collection of resources, lessons, projects, and activities aligned to national, state, and local grade-level content standards. Teachers use curriculum builders to create and submit grade-level activities to the eLibrary for their students and others to use. Technology integration is encouraged as part of the coaching program. Benchmark activities aligned to specific content standards and state-adopted textbooks are being added to the resource library. Each benchmark includes links to websites, handouts, templates, graphic organizers, and other relevant resources.

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Q How can technology be used to extend the school day for students and to make learning resources available during after-school hours?
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My eCoach® Online has a public and community eLibrary with over 10,000 resources and projects. All resources are copyright-free and are contributed by members of the community and partners. Activities are accessible to students on the Internet without logging in and can download files and access links. Members can login before, during, and after-school. After-school programs can use any of the resources and projects.

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Q How will the school district know whether implementation of this plan has made a positive impact on teaching and learning?
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My eCoach® Online provides tools for teachers to create ePortfolios that share their reflections on what worked, what did not work, how they modified their teaching practice, examples of projects, artifacts of technology use and integration, samples of student work, and compiled student data and other evidence of how the program impacted teaching and learning. Completed and implemented projects can be shared in the eLibrary searchable by grade, subject, theme, or standard. Evaluation is ongoing within all programs to monitor progress and make changes as needed.

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Q Does the professional development program help teachers use technology to increase their own subject matter knowledge and/or advance their own professional learning?
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My eCoach® Online focuses on standards-based curriculum and uses technology to facilitate increasing knowledge of the subject being studied and improving teaching practice. Because of the coaching, communication, and collaboration tools, teachers, mentors, and students can provide support for each other. Research, pedagogy, and best practices are included within curriculum builders and the eLibrary. Mentors can develop pedagogically sound projects to help their teachers increase subject matter knowledge.

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Q How will the professional development program incorporate “The Design Elements for High-Quality Professional Development”?
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My eCoach® Online was developed around the design elements based on cumulative years of classroom and professional development experience. Below are references to how My eCoach incorporates the design elements. My eCoach®:

  1. Uses student and teacher data to drive the design and implementation of the program.
  2. Facilitates the professional development planning process based on the school site plan, reform efforts, and individual learning needs.
  3. Offers teachers opportunities for professional learning that improves teaching practice.
  4. Respects and encourages the leadership development of teachers
  5. Focuses on pedagogy and best practices while increasing content knowledge.
  6. Includes the use of continuous inquiry and reflection throughout the program.
  7. Encourages collaboration among members of the community, balanced with opportunities for individual learning
  8. Follows adult learning principles by providing an online learning as a respectful environment.
  9. Creates broad-based support for professional development through reciprocal processes for providing information and soliciting feedback
  10. Builds in accountability and evaluation of the professional development program for monitoring and modifying any needed changes for success.

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