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September 8 - 9, 2018

Kim Cofino

In our technology-rich schools, we are often focused on ensuring that we have the right tools so that teachers and students can use technology effectively in the classroom. We spend plenty of professional development time and funds on training teachers to transform learning for their students. On top of all that, in many of our schools, we employ coaches to help teachers continue to develop their skills with technology. However, many schools still struggle to help parents understand why students (and teachers) are spending so much time with technology. Developing a parent education program, specifically around technology and learning, can help build a sense of community within the school, support teachers and schools in their efforts to transform learning, and create a network of positive and engaged parents who will advocate for the school’s technology goals. Featuring key elements of parent education programs I have developed and facilitated over the past 8 years at International School Bangkok, Yokohama International School and NIST International School, this session will provide an opportunity for you to develop plans for a parent education program you can use in your school right away. This session will be suitable to any school leader or instructional coach looking to develop, refine or rewrite their strategy and plan for parent involvement in learning. Participants will leave with an understanding of research into emergent practices, and practical tools to embed into their school. The session will provide time for reflection and sharing of personal experiences from the group.

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Kim Cofino

Kim Cofino is an experienced, dynamic and innovative educator. Her international teaching has taken her to Germany, Malaysia, Thailand (ISB), Japan, and now back to Bangkok (NIST International School). Her job titles have included: Academic IT Coordinator, Technology Learning Facilitator, 21st Century Literacy Specialist, Technology and Learning Coach, consultant, and most recently she has added, consultant-in-residence at NIST International School. Kim is passionate about empowering teachers to become learning leaders, as well as building strong collaborative teams among teacher leaders.

When working with teachers, Kim enjoys helping them to authentically embed current and emerging technologies in the classroom to create a global and collaborative learning environment. Her inquiry-based, constructivist approach to teaching utilizes project-based learning experiences developed by combining the Understanding by Design framework with the design cycle.

When working with schools, Kim collaborates with all community stakeholders to create an inclusive, open and involved learning environment. Most recently, at YIS, this includes creating and implementing the Connected Learning Community (CLC): a 1:1 program for students in grades 4 – 12. The CLC features a whole-school blogging platform and Google Apps for Education (for both students and teachers), as well as regular parent sessions, empowered teacher leadership, and an integrated digital citizenship program. Due to the successful implementation of CLC, YIS is now in the next evolution of the program, where all students in grade 7 are issued both a laptop and tablet. This innovative teaching and learning environment reflects the strong community connections, engaged students, and empowered teaching community Kim has been instrumental in building.

Kim is a COETAIL co-founder, a founding partner in Eduro Learning, and a member of the Advisory, as well as the Board, for the Learning 2.0 Global Conference. She regularly consults with other international schools and work has been widely published in educational websites, journals and books. Kim is an Apple Distinguished Educator, has been a member of the K12 Horizon Report Advisory Board (2008 – 2011) as well as a regular presenter and keynote speaker at conferences and professional development sessions worldwide. She occasionally blogs at Always Learning and you can find her on Twitter @mscofino.