For the last couple of years, I have primarily been dealing with devices; enrolling, managing, setting up apps and extensions and trying to keep track of ever-shifting inventory. I am afraid my people skills may have gotten a little rusty. I wanted to reconnect with my past self and get my head back in the game of supporting teachers and their students. So I enrolled in the Apple Learning Coach program.
I think it is one of the best-run professional development programs I have participated in. It was a great mix of independent work and collaboration. It was full of thinking, doing, creating, and sharing. I learned a lot, made a few internal adjustments, feel inspired, and can’t wait to put into practice what I have learned.
There are other coaching programs out there that are aligned with the ISTE standards for coaches. Apple Learning Coach program has received ISTE’s Seal of Alignment. Google also has a coaching program and has received ISTE’s Seal of Alignment. The programs are different, Google’s is more foundational where Apple also has participants apply the standards. Each program focus on coaching methods and strategies which can be implemented in any setting and with any device. Though obviously each program uses its own products to helps you build your skills with iPads or Chromebooks. If your school is primarily one platform then it makes sense to complete that program but If you have a choice take a look at both programs and the ISTE reviews to see what would work best for you.
Update: Officially completed the course and became an Apple Certified Learning Coach, on June 27th!