Forward Edge is excited to officially announce the ISTE Seal of Alignment for the Coach Mentorship program.
About Coach Mentorship
The Forward Edge Coach Mentorship Program is a multi-faceted approach to immersive professional development for coaches. In its entirety, the program provides one year of training and support for coaches- focusing on technology integration, building meaningful relationships, creating sustainable change in teacher practice, and creating district-wide shifts in culture. The Mentorship Program empowers instructional coaches to drive impactful technology use in their schools.
The Coaching Mentorship program is research based and includes pre and post assessment and goal setting, a 2-day intensive camp (Coaches Camp), individual mentoring and support through bi-weekly or monthly meetings, access to monthly coach networking meetings, and access to webinars, podcasts and the Edge•U Badges program.
Coaches Camp, the two-day training opportunity for coaches (also available without a full mentorship enrollment), provides professional growth designed specifically for instructional coaches with curriculum specifically targeting the ISTE Standards for Coaches. During the two-day camp, participants engage in hands-on collaborative and reflective learning to build knowledge and skills central to effective coaching.
Coaches make ready-to-implement plans, reflect on their learning, and -if enrolled fully in the mentorship program- continue their learning by meeting regularly with a mentor who assists and supports them in applying new skills and assessing progress toward their individually developed goals aligned with the ISTE Standards for Coaches.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the premier nonprofit membership organization serving educators and education leaders. ISTE is committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world and serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world. As the creator and steward of the definitive education technology standards, our mission is to empower learners to nourish in a connected world by cultivating a passionate professional learning community, linking educators and partners, leveraging knowledge and expertise, advocating for strategic policies, and continually improving learning and teaching.
About the Seal of Alignment
Resources and products designed with the ISTE Standards in mind are choosing to demonstrate their commitment to support critical digital age learning skills and knowledge. Regardless of a solution’s intended grade level, purpose or content area, by addressing the ISTE Standards and earning a Seal of Alignment, a solution is shown to consciously, purposefully and meaningfully support best practices for digital age teaching and learning. ISTE considers a solution aligned to the ISTE Standards only after an extensive review conducted by trained ISTE Seal of Alignment reviewers, and it has been determined to meet all critical elements of a particular standard indicator in accordance with specific review criteria.
By earning a Seal of Alignment, ISTE verifies that this product:
● Promotes critical technology skills
● Supports the use of technology in appropriate ways
● Contributes to the pedagogically robust use of technology for teaching and learning
● Aligns to the ISTE Standards in specific ways as described in the review finding report
Summary of Findings from the Seal of Alignment Review Process
To achieve the seal of alignment from ISTE, the Coaching Mentorship Program went through a two-step review process with a select group of ISTE review committee members of education and instructional experts. The reviewers examined all aspects of The Mentorship Program including the pre and post coach assessments, the two-day intensive training (Coaches Camp), the year-long mentorship support structure, the monthly networking opportunities, and the coach specific webinar series. This process took over three months of work for the team to evaluate for ISTE alignment.
After the detailed review process, The Coach Mentorship Program was determined to meet the ISTE Standards for Coaches at the Foundational and Applied levels!