May, 2014 - In This Issue:

June 28 - July 1, 2014

June 29, 2014


The Most Important Part of Instructional Coaching: Setting a Goal

Jim Knight


For most of my career, I've been studying teacher growth. I've found, as I'm sure many readers have found, that one-shot workshops and other quick-fix forms of professional development often have little impact on teaching and learning. For that reason, my colleagues and I have spent more than a decade studying instructional coaching.


Our research has uncovered that one factor plays an incredibly important role in successful instructional coaching. When coaches set measureable student goals with teachers, and provide effective support, coaching can really make a difference. When coaches and teachers do not set goals, coaching can be a waste of time.


Successful goals have three characteristics

We've found the following to be essential characteristics of effective goals
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Tools for Goal Setting
As the year comes to a close it is the perfect time to reflect back on all of the things that we have accomplished this school year and find opportunities for growth. Jim Knight provides several tools to help you reflect on your classroom and instruction in his High Impact Instruction toolkit. He also offers many tools for coaches, specialists and facilitators to help reflect in his Instructional Coaching resources. No matter what tool you use to reflect and set goals it is a valuable practice!
What the heck is Net Neutrality and why should I care?
Jerry Swedberg, ICE Governing Board

You may have been hearing about "Net Neutrality" in the news, on Twitter or from your tech friends and wondered what it's about.  In a nutshell, in January the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in favor of Verizon in their case against the FCC, disallowing the FCC rules related to free and open Internet or "net neutrality."  Net neutrality is seen as an important component of an open internet, where policies such as equal treatment of data and open web standards allow those on the internet to easily communicate and conduct business without interference from service providers or governments.    


Our fellow affiliate, Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE), has just posted a great summary of this issue that provides links to related articles, FCC rules, and more. The FCC met on May 15th with net neutrality on the agenda, and even though the meeting has taken place, it is not too late to advocate for a free and open Internet.  You can view an archived video of this meeting. Please take the time to provide your input to the FCC, you can send a message to the FCC. The window for comments is open until July 15th. You can also find more facts about the efforts of the FCC to "promote and protect the open Internet." 

ICE Leader You Should Know: Amy Lamberti
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Amy Lamberti is a 21st century integration technology specialist who connects, collaborates, communicates and creates. She has been a 1st grade teacher, 5th grade teacher, committee member and connected educator. Amy's known for her energetic style, being a volunteer in multiple committees and organizations outside of her daily job. She chairs the Build Your Own Conference for Illinois Computing Educator which is hosted on Wednesday of the state wide conference. She is also the co-chair for Students Involved in Technology: North Site which is held around the state of Illinois every February. Additionally, Amy co-hosts Learning RedesignED on Edreach. She continually strives to inspire students, colleagues and parents to develop practical ways to become more creative and engaging in the classroom.

Amy has been an employee of Lake Forest School District for 13 years where she collaborates with grades K-6. Prior to Lake Forest, she was a teacher in Community Unit School District 200 at Longfellow Elementary. 


You can reach Amy at and on Twitter: @amylamberti 

Looking Forward with the President
Randy Hansen, ICE President

Goal setting?  What? We're almost done for the year.  Right now you're thinking classes are winding down, students are getting ready for summer are many teachers...why set goals now?  Before you make your summer plans, I recommend you take a minute to reflect on your year and set some goals.  It might seem counterintuitive since we're finishing up, but now is the perfect time to start setting goals for next year while your thoughts and ideas are fresh on your mind.  I'm sure we all have areas of our practice or projects we'd like to improve next year.  The one question I start with is always, "was I innovative this year?", which leads to "how can I transform learning for my students?" or "how can I improve my teaching ability?"  As you're thinking about areas you'd like to improve or areas to be more innovative consider ICE.   Over the past year ICE has provided numerous opportunities and resources to Connect to Learn that are still available.  Review our recorded webinars, previous newsletters, or the conference program to consider projects and technology tools that will help you disrupt and improve your practice. Take time now to identify three specific, measurable and obtainable goals for next year, and be sure to consider the characteristics of successful goals from the Knight article as you do.  Write your goals down, tell colleagues or publish them to your PLN.   Your goal setting now will allow you to finish this year strong as well as start next year off right.


Enjoy your summer.

Randy Hansen

President, ICE



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