Coffee And Tech

Make yourself accessible and schedule time to be at a site before school with a cup of joe and an open ear.

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Buy in and changing existing culture in education can be difficult. Communication is also a common challenge in schools. Coffee and Tech is a way to create an open, collaborative and friendly dialogue around your content area and with others.

This casual, drop-in model is designed to help make staff feel comfortable to approach you in a one on one, mingling situation. Anything goes with the conversation!  The specialist goes with the flow. If you can interject certain points, concepts and ideas that align with your goals, even better!  If no one shows up or wants to talk, I'm still there with a laptop doing work.

Simply being on site and lending an ear helps create a relationship of trust and collaboration with staff. It can also assist specialists/coaches get a better sense of true needs and interest in a direct fashion vs other more formal methods that may be used from the district level.

Promotion through flyers and in being mentioned district/site newsletters is recommended. This makes other sites aware of what is going on and can create curiosity. Bringing donuts also helps! 

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At my previous school, we had informal dinners about every other month and teachers loved it.  I had interesting topics and different activities that would only be announced the night of the dinner.

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