Great news! The WSVEF received a $10,000 grant from the Harvest Foundation to support professional development in technology in White Salmon schools. We are very grateful to receive these funds; this will further progress towards 21st century learning in our district.
The overall goal of this initiative is to prepare our 7-12th grade teachers to fully utilize instructional technology in the adaptation and implementation of curriculum to meet our diverse student needs in alignment with Common Core State Standards.
Jerry Miller, the District Instruction and Curriculum Facilitator, worked with Leigh Hancock, WSVEF Grant Writer, to compile a plan and make the proposal. Thanks to the community, through the Foundation, as always, for supporting outside grant writing.
Proposal objectives include:
- 20 7-12th grade teachers trained to integrate technology (iPads, Chrome Books, Google Docs, and other software) in instructional delivery, collaborative projects, feedback, and cumulative assessment in their classrooms
- 20 7-12th grade teachers trained to create instructional units of study that integrate instructional technology and are aligned to the Common Core State Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (when applicable)
- 20 7-12th grade teachers will integrate instructional technology into 3 or more class periods per week AND will use technology for homework and extended projects.
- at least 400 students will use Google Docs on a regular basis to create group and individual projects, to give feedback to one another, to receive feedback from peers and teachers, to research, and to create and post assignments.
Specific professional development opportunities:
- Summer Institute. Our second annual White Salmon Summer Institute for Teachers will include a technology strand for teachers interested in integrating digital technology more fluently into their classrooms.
- On-site facilitated trainings. We will use trainers from our hardware and software providers (Google, Adobe, etc.), as well as from our local ESD and private sources to provide targeted professional development in instructional technology.
- Peer mentoring groups. 7-12th grade peer mentoring groups, arranged by grade or subject, will work together to plan, experience and debrief their experiences adapting and integrating technology into their classrooms.
- Atomic online. Teachers will receive online professional development on an ongoing basis through our subscription to Atomic Online.
- Northwest Council for Computer Education Conference. We will send a small group (2-6) of teachers (2-6) to the NCCE conference in Portland in March 2015. They will present what they have learned through their mentoring groups upon return
WSVEF will receive and disburse the funds according to their usual process with the District. Funds should be available by the end of May, if not sooner.