Five Clover Park School District teachers earned $9,000 grants for professional development that will train them to become peer coaches. The state’s Enhanced Peer Coaching Program is designed to develop each educator’s mentoring skills as they learn to integrate technology into standards-based curriculum. The grants cover 10 sessions and their related costs, which can include substitute teachers and new technology for classrooms.
“I’m very excited about being selected for this grant,” said Wayne Osborn, librarian at Hillside Elementary School. “This is an exciting opportunity, and I feel very fortunate to be a grant recipient. The application and essays took quite some time to write, and the time commitment is strong, but I feel that it will be well worth it.”
Once the teachers are trained as peer coaches, they will return to their schools to share new instructional techniques that use technology to engage and motivate students.
According Steve Seberson, a grant recipient and seventh grade teacher at Hudtloff Middle School, today’s students can be viewed as “digital natives” with respect to how they use technology in their everyday life. Most teachers are “digital immigrants,” and have had to adapt to the use of technology.
“Hudtloff staff want to be on the edge of how we can help our students succeed, and we believe that technology can be a bigger piece of how we can help all students achieve in school,” said Seberson. “This grant will allow us to extend what we know about the use of technology, and take a look at how we, as a school, can establish short and long term objectives for effective integration of specific technology to strengthen classroom curriculum and enhance students’ academic achievement.
Enhanced Peer Coaching Grant recipients
- Terry Drapeau, first grade teacher, Tyee Park
Tracy Fowler, fourth/fifth grade gifted teacher, Clarkmoor
Lee Mendenhall, computer teacher, Woodbrook
Wayne Osborn, librarian, Hillside
Steve Seberson, seventh grade math and science teacher, Hudtloff