Indiana's eLearning Coach Community began in the fall of 2013 as a support network for the growing number of eLearning coaches, technology integration specialists, and other professionals focused on helping educators master the art of teaching and learning in technology-rich environments.
In 2014, the Office of eLearning sponsored the first statewide unconference in downtown Indianapolis specifically for coaches. In 2015, we moved the annual event a little west to Danville. In 2016, the third annual event was held at South Madison and was rebranded Coach Edcamp. Since then, we have offered a fall and spring edcamp for coaches. The next fall event is Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at Noblesville High School.
Further supporting the professional development and leadership of the coaching role is a partnership between the Office of eLearning and Indiana Connected Educators (ICE). The ICE Connected Coach Collaborative facilitates statewide professional development for eLearning coaches through a variety of means, including face-to-face and virtual. Connected Coach Collaborative members serve as regional leaders in the larger coach community.
There are three ways to connect with the coach community:
Regional Networks have been established by the Connected Coach Collaborative. Complete this form to connect with colleagues in your area. We have not established regional lines; however, this map can help you identify your options.
The Google+ Community is a hub for sharing resources and discussions. Post your links to work going on in your district or solicit help for an idea you are working with. This is a great window into the work of the Coach Community. To get started, login to your Google account, visit the link and then click "Ask to join." When you are added, you will also want to check your Google+ notification settings in your profile to determine where group updates are sent.
Participate in a first Thursday of the month #INeLearn Twitter Chat. That week is moderated by eLearning Coaches and topics are specific to the role in schools.
For help making these connections, you can email Michelle Green.