Angela Hardy has been a researcher with the Learning Sciences Research team at Digital Promise for almost four years. Her current research focuses on teacher coaching, technology use in teaching and learning, and social studies teaching and curriculum development. Before joining Digital Promise, Angela spent eight years as a humanities teacher, engaging students from the ages of ten to twenty-one in both France and Texas. While teaching, Angela founded a youth organization promoting engagement in human rights issues, coordinated a sister city Korean student exchange program, and conducted fieldwork in Morocco as part of the Fulbright Teachers for Global Classrooms Program. She holds a B.A. in history and French from the University of North Texas, a 4-8 generalist certification, 8-12 history and social studies certifications, and an M.A. in International Education Policy Analysis from Stanford University.
Mahsa Bakhshaei and Angela Hardy’s three year mixed-method research study on the Dynamic Learning Project (DLP), a nationwide coaching program in 163 schools across 32 districts (Bakhshaei et al., 2020a; 2019; 2018), was one of the first studies, and the most in-depth to date, to explore necessary dynamics of instructional coaching for meaningful technology use. As part of this work, they designed and delivered biannual in-person training, a number of webinars, as well as open source training modules (included as part of the Google for Education Certified Coach Curriculum) to guide administrators and coaches in reflecting on dynamic, personalized data reports and creating action plans for continuous improvement of coaching in their particular settings.
Mahsa and Angela have shared their research on teacher coaching in numerous reports, blogs, and conferences, and recently received the Outstanding Paper Award from the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) 2020 International Conference. Dedicated to translating research to non-academic audiences so it can be used by practitioners and policy makers, they also produced a research-based online coaching playbook to guide decision-makers in the step-by-step process of building, sustaining, and scaling an effective instructional coaching program.