Category Archives: Edtech Take Out

Coaching Conversations on The Edtech Take Out Podcast

In a recent episode of The Edtech Take Out, Mindy and I did something we have wanted to do for a long time. We interviewed some instructional coaches from the schools we work with in order to get their take on what it is like to do what they do. It was a great conversation so I wanted to share it here as an example of some of the amazing things that are happening in classrooms near me.

The role of an instructional coach is increasingly important in Iowa schools right now. We have more coaches now than ever before because the state has provided funds to help schools build capacity to succeed with a coaching model both now and in the future. I know other states are also making good use of instructional coaches so the conversation we had is relevant to educators everywhere.

On this episode we were lucky to have Anna Upah (@AnnaUpah), Andrea Townsley (@townsleyaj), Andrew Fenstermaker (@a_fenstermaker), Jeff Vaughn (@JeffSixth) and Frank Slabaugh (@FrankSlabaugh). We asked them four questions:

  1. What are the best things about being an instructional coach?
  2. What are the big rocks or challenges that you are looking to tackle this year?
  3. What tools, technologies and ideas are popular with teachers in your districts?
  4. What advice would you give to those who are new to the role of coaching?

You can listen to their replies, along with the rest of the episode by visiting the Edtech Take Out podcast website, or by subscribing to the podcast on iTunes or Google Play Music.

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#edtechTO Podcast – EP15: Live at ITEC 2016

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Regular readers may know that I co-host a podcast with my colleague, Mindy Cairney, called The Edtech Take Out. We started in January 2016 and have recorded 15 episodes so far, with more planned for release very soon. For our last podcast, we were invited to record live at the ITEC Fall Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. It was a great experience, and we loved connecting with other educators to learn new things to take back to the teachers we work with.

Because the content of the podcast is very similar to the content I add to this blog, I thought I would do a little cross-promotion and add a post here when new episodes are released. So, if you have never listened to the show before, those of you with Apple devices can listen on iTunes while Android users can use Google Play Music. The Edtech Take Out is also available in all good podcast players so you should be able to search and find the show in Overcast, PocketCasts, and more.

All new episodes are posted at and can be listened to there on the embedded web player. I also upload all our episodes to YouTube, so there are multiple ways to listen, depending on what is most convenient for you. If you haven’t listened to the show before, we would love to have you as a listener, and maybe even a future guest! The YouTube version of our ITEC episode is below, so feel free to take a peek.

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