A new type of coach joins the Tiger team
For the 2015-16 school year, a new type of leader is joining the Tiger academic team: Innovative Instructional Coaches. Part of the district’s new comprehensive learning technology strategy, which also includes the debut of the Tiger One-to-World initiative, the professionals who work in the capacity of Innovative Instructional Coach will provide instructional leadership, support and training for students and staff promoting instructional technology tools and practices to enhance and individualize the teaching and learning process.
“These positions are vital to the success of the district’s technology plan, and are a result of the community support we received with the passage of the 2014 levy,” said Loveland Superintendent Chad Hilliker. “We are thrilled our supporters gave us the ability to achieve such an advanced level of technology integration to enhance student learning opportunities.”
“The Innovative Instructional Coach will focus on individual, group and department-based professional development learning experiences that will expand and refine the understanding of research based and current models of effective instruction, which include the use of digital technologies,” said David Knapp, director of instructional technology. “The overall objective of the Innovative Instructional Coach is to help build capacity and a sustainability as it relates to technology within teachers, administration, faculty and students that impacts every aspect of the building ecosystem.”
Innovative Instructional Coaches will also be responsible for the overseeing and instruction of various student related technology endeavors as they pertain to individual school programs. They will work and function in a dynamic and collaborative learning environment, while advocating for and fostering the use of technology and innovative teaching practices in the classroom and across the school.
"As Loveland Schools strives towards an increase in accessibility for our students regarding technology and electronic devices on a daily basis through the Tiger One-to-World initiative, the Innovative Instructional Coaches will work to support our teachers by leading in the design and implementation of building level professional development and teacher growth that focuses on using these devices to truly impact the teaching and learning process,” said Knapp. “These coaches are current Loveland teachers, and are proven leaders in their school when it comes to transformative and innovative instructional practices. We are all very excited to experience the impact that these professionals will impart across all aspects of the district, especially when it comes to student learning."
The Innovative Instructional Coaches for the 2015-16 school year are as follows: Loveland High School, Brian Conatser; Loveland Middle School/Loveland Intermediate School, Laura Holtkamp; Loveland Elementary School, Susan Craig.
Photo caption (L to R): Loveland Innovative Instructional Coaches Susan Craig, Brian Conatser and Laura Holtkamp