The National School Boards Association and the Technology Leadership Network (TLN) are pleased to announce the 2012 spring series of Education Technology site visits. One of the most popular components of the TLN program, these visits showcase the visionary leadership and technology integration practices of TLN districts, whose very participation in the program is a sign of their interest in innovation.
This year’s roster of host districts is no exception and as always encompasses a diverse set of districts from across the country.
“Through NSBA’s technology site visits school leaders are able to see education technology innovation in action and develop their own successful technology initiatives,” said Ann Flynn, NSBA’s Director of Education Technology. “This is a great opportunity for school leaders to witness classrooms where curriculum goals drive technology decisions.”
Leading this year’s line-up is Klein Independent School District in Texas, whose site visit runs Feb. 19-21, conveniently coinciding with the American Association of School Administrators Annual Conference, which concludes on the 19th in Houston.
Located less than an hour away, Klein ISD is a highly diverse district serving 46,000 students. Visionary leadership and job-embedded professional development are critical factors in the district’s many accomplishments, which include the deployment of more than 8,600 Tablet PCs. And no wonder, the district is led by Jim Cain, who was named one of 2010’s “Tech-Savvy Superintendents,” by e-School News.
Klein’s tour is quickly followed by Alabama’s Cullman City Schools, which also boasts a 2010 “Tech-Savvy Superintendent” in Jan Harris. Under Harris, Cullman has experienced significant gains in student achievement since launching its 1:1 Laptop Initiative in 2006. Serving 3,000 students, Cullman was the first district in Alabama to provide laptops and wireless Internet access to students and educators and is a former TLN Salute District and a CoSN Team Award-winner. Cullman welcomes TLN visitors from Feb. 29 to March 2.
Though the next site visit kicks off April 1 in Surprise, Arizona, Dysart Unified School District No. 89’s whole-hearted adoption of technology is no sleight of hand. With a student population of some 25,000 students, Dysart’s enrollment has more than tripled in the last decade, making it the fastest growing district in Arizona and the second fastest in the country. Recognized as a 2010 TLN Salute District and home to a pair of previously named “20 to Watch” educators, Dysart provides Instructional Growth Teachers at each campus and has developed iPal, the district’s Integrated Data tool to provide dynamic assessment data, online curriculum maps and professional development opportunities.
Nevada’s Clark County School District rounds out the circuit in late April, immediately following NSBA’s Annual Conference. As the fifth largest district in the nation with nearly 310,000 students, Clark County encompasses both Las Vegas and its outlying communities. Ranked first in last year’s Digital School District Survey, Clark County is a leader in using technology to provide enterprise systems that support the business of learning and provide engaging 21st century experiences for all students. From cyber-bullying prevention initiatives and Bring-Your-Own-Device pilot programs to online professional development and the extensive use of social networking systems, this visit offers examples of innovation that can be applied in districts of any size. See for yourself between April 25 and 27.
“Site visits offer administrators, teachers and board members a unique opportunity to travel together with a shared focus on how the technology innovations they are seeing compare to their current initiatives or may potentially influence their future decisions,” Flynn said. “Staff and board members from the host districts connect with individual attendees who share their roles to address specific concerns and issues unique to their particular job responsibilities while ensuring all participants leave with an understanding of how technology is helping address the district’s “big picture” goals and objectives.”
Registration for these dynamic learning opportunities is now open and accessible here along with full agendas and more details about the districts and the TLN program.