Promethean School Innovation Initiative
Technology continuously surrounds us as a society, but finding the same degree and use of technology in the classroom has presented more of a challenge (Potter & Rockinson-Szapkiw, 2012). This is partly because sophisticated technology integration requires support and particularly support in the form of coaching (ISTE, 2011) and partly because attention to professional learning focused on technology integration is lacking (Jacobs, Burns, & Yendol-Hoppey, 2014).
Through a collaboration between the University of South Florida (USF), Hillsborough County Public Schools, and Promethean Technology, known as the Promethean School Innovation Initiative, we support preservice teachers and inservice teachers to identify innovative uses of Promethean Technology to better PreK-5 student learning in urban settings. Our mission is achieved through a critical, formalized role called the Promethean Technology Coach (PTC). The PTC is a necessary support structure to achieve sophisticated technology integration. Research shows that content-focused professional development can increase student achievement (Desimone, Smith, & Phillips, 2013). In the Promethean School Innovation Initiative, we place emphasis on technology as a content area to foster student learning and provide the necessary support to ensure the accomplishment of our mission.
Desimone, L., Smith, T. M., & Phillips, K. J. R. (2013). Linking student achievement growth to professional development participation and changes in instruction: A longitudinal study of elementary students and teachers in Title I schools. Teachers College Record, 115(5), 1-46.
Jacobs, J., Burns, R. W., & Yendol-Hoppey, D. (2014, April). What do we know about preservice teacher supervision since the release of the NCATE PDS Standards and the NCATE Blue Ribbon Report? A Meta-Analysis. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Education Research Association in Philadelphia, PA.
Potter, S. L., & Rockinson-Szapkiw, A. J. (2012). Technology integration for instructional improvement: The impact of professional development. Performance Improvement, 51(2), 22-27.