Digital Learning Coach
Natick Public Schools
Made possible by NEF Innovation Fellow Grant
Welcome to Natick's Digital Learning Coaching Site
As this site is developed, it is intended to be a resource for educators to explore resources to bring digital learning opportunities to their students.
Jed Stefanowicz is Natick Public Schools' NEF Innovation Fellow in the role of Digital Learning Coach for our 5 elementary schools.
Contact Jed to set up coaching, consult, or classroom visits!
What is a TOSA?
For the 2017-2018 school year, the Natick Education Foundation (NEF) generously funded a Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA) position across the elementary schools. A TOSA is a teacher leader hired from within a school system, whose task it is to provide instructional coaching to their district. After 22 years teaching grade three at Brown School, Jed Stefanowicz received the TOSA designation in the role of Elementary Digital Learning Coach.
In this role, Jed will provide leadership, staff development, and job-embedded instructional support to all elementary staff in integrating technology to enhance teaching and learning. This role will build instructional technology capacity of personnel, and assist researching best tools and practices for incorporating technology into instruction and the curriculum. Rather than tech-support or device management, the coach’s role is rooted in instructional support, developing teachers’ capacity with academic technology, while always focused on student learning.
For the 2018-2019 school year, the NEF has again provided a grant to fund this role in cooperation with Natick Public Schools, creating a new pilot role called NEF Innovation Fellow. This specialized fellowship will continue to provide instructional coaching, technology integration, and innovative pratices to support and enhance student learning.
Jed’s objective is to model and provide training in integrating technology to enhance instruction, helping shift students from consumers of content to creators. Classrooms are transforming into innovative learning spaces that feature coding, robotics, STEM challenges and design-thinking. Rather than using devices to simply access information or collect knowledge, today’s technology and resources allow student to curate and share their own thinking in dynamic ways, while apps like Twitter and Seesaw provide an opportunity to share that thinking and learning beyond the walls of the classroom.