A conversation with Stephanee Stephens, Director of iTeach
This interview was originally published on edCircuit
Stephanee Stephens is the Director of iTeach,
a team of educational coaches who are part of the Bagwell College of Education
at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. She and her team have partnered with
LRP Media Group and the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) to
explore a wrap-around experience for conference attendees. Together they
created the FETC Coaching Collaborative Powered by iTeach,
and are working with the next generation of education technology professionals
to support transformative leadership in the edtech ecosystem.
Although technology is pervasive, frequently
those with the most knowledge haven’t received the training to help others grow
in their own abilities. Stephens and her team were looking for a partner
willing to explore that space, and they found that FETC was thinking in the
“We piloted and spoke to conference
attendees last year and helped inform them that we were going to build by the
people who would support and make an impact. As an educator, leader, developer,
and designer, those are all the things that you want to be able to create in a
partnership. FETC and LRP have just been phenomenal to work with.”
Stephens recognizes that there are many people
doing technology work without identified roles, job descriptions, and titles.
Classroom teachers are evolving in their use of education technology and
innovative teaching but need additional support. As Stephens points out,
“When you collect those together, you have a whole group of people who are
under-supported. I believe this [iTeach] model is the marker for what
professional learning will look like for all, no matter what your role is
By latching onto a microlearning, micro-goal
philosophy, and leveraging research-based approaches to motivation, Stephens is
excited about providing a professional learning experience that she describes
as both “holistic and year-round.”
The development of the training started
through discussions with Dr. Robert Avossa and other senior staff at LRP to
prioritize the feedback collected with people who had attended the conference.
Stephens and her team asked attendees, “What are the explicit things you
need to develop for yourself within this role?” Then they went back to
research and apply the information to already embedded professional learning
As a result, four modules were created on
several topics relative to coaching and edtech. Stephens wanted the learning to
have a certain freedom that was “bite-sized, manageable, and personalized
in nature.” She promoted space for a type of training that would create
individualized evidence of mastery.
Stephens is excited about the future of the
FETC partnership and how their work together will evolve. As she explains,
“It’s very iterative and responsive by design. It’s not going to be just
four modules and a conference that sit on the Internet forever. It is all
backported by my deep bench of coaches who want experiences with the people who
are in it.”
Learn more about the FETC
Coaching Collaborative Powered by iTeach
Stephanee Stephens serves as Director of
iTeach; a team of educational coaches who are part of the Bagwell College of
Education at Kennesaw State University in Georgia. She is passionate about
personalized learning and the promise held in this emerging educational
Stephens obtained a B.A. degree in Spanish and
a B.Ed. degree in Multi-Age Education from The University of Toledo, an M.Ed.
in Inclusive Education from Kennesaw State University, and is currently
enrolled in her EdD program with a specialization in Instructional Technology.
She joined KSU as Director of iTeach in 2016 and currently leads a team of
Instructional Technology Specialists who contract with schools and districts to
model personalized learning.
Prior to joining KSU, she was Program
Specialist in Instructional Technology for Personalized Learning at Fulton County
Schools, Georgia. Before joining Fulton County Schools, she was a Spanish
Teacher at Autrey Mill Middle School. Her research interests include
personalized learning and maker education.
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