Our district was going to bring a 1:1 program to our schools, but we knew that technology wasn't going to achieve all of our goals overnight. We needed to pair the technology with an instructional program that would help us meet our goals of increasing student engagement and choice, increasing academic interaction with peers, and building time management and problem solving skills. That's why we invested in instructional coaches as well as technology.
For the first three years of our program, we hired a consultant to help us get everything set up. However since then, we've been able to build internal capacity by training one teacher at each school to be a hybrid coach – these people are rigorously trained through the Pennsylvania Institute of Instructional Coaching as well as in our blended-learning model. They serve as a leader for all blended teachers at the schools.
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