Technology Integration

Technology is at the core of our district's learning culture

Technology Integration, a division of the Instructional Services Department

Greg Whiteman, Director

Kelli Russell, Administrative Assistant

Laurie Kirkland, Teacher on Special Assignment (TOSA)

Nancy Shimeall, TOSA

Amy Bateman, TOSA

Rose Racicot,

Sue Lawson, Library Media Program Assistant

Cheryl Perry, Library Media Program Assistant

 

Even though in our best practice in teaching we touch on all goals, the Tech Integration team's primary focus is District Goal #5 (see below).
  1. Increase Student Achievement – Each and every Kent School District student will meet high standards and achieve at high academic levels in preparation for success in college, career, and civic life.

    Action Plan 1: Establish a laser-like focus on increasing student achievement districtwide beginning with the adoption of district goals that promote a systemic reform approach.

    Action Plan 2: Analyze demographic, student achievement, and program data districtwide to determine trends, and identify needs for action.

    Action Plan 3: Establish a common knowledge base for district reform including districtwide, school level, and individual leadership characteristics of high performing systems.

    Action Plan 4: Align curriculum and instruction to increase rigor for all students in mathematics through implementing all components of a clearly articulated curriculum.

    Action Plan 5: Align curriculum and instruction to increase rigor for all students in writing through implementing all components of a clearly articulated curriculum.

    Action Plan 6: Align curriculum and instruction to increase vision for all students in reading through implementing all components of a clearly articulated curriculum.

    Action Plan 7: Implement sheltered instruction strategies to increase student academic language skills.

    Action Plan 8: Develop a formative testing system aligned to the Measurement of Student Progress (MSP) for third through eighth grade students and the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) standards for tenth through twelfth grade students and supported by end-user accessible database to measure student progress and inform instruction.

    Action Plan 9: Develop an Organizational Learning and Improvement Team (OLIT) to identify powerful teaching and learning practices in KSD.

  2. Attract and Retain Quality Personnel – Kent School District intentionally seeks and retains quality staff members who reflect the diversity of our community and contribute to the fulfillment of our vision within a culture of respect and collaboration.

    Action Plan 1: Partner with Alliance for Diversity and Equity to engage students/community in recruitment strategies.

    Action Plan 2: Identify current employee demographic information to develop and target effective recruitment strategies.

    Action Plan 3: Revise hiring procedures for quality personnel with research-based and standards-based emphasis.

    Action Plan 4: Develop operational plan for employee retention.

  3. Provide Quality And Innovative Learning Environments – Kent School District will provide equitable access to quality instruction through innovative learning environments that stimulate thought, promote skill development, and accelerate learning for each and every student.

    Action Plan 1: Establish a set of “Research-Based Best Practices” in increasing student achievement and success.

    Action Plan 2: Utilize the technology academies as sites for research for innovative learning environments.

    Action Plan 3: Increase inclusive and more rigorous learning environments for all students.

  4. Ensure a Culture of Accountability – Kent School District will establish a comprehensive culture of accountability that ensures the successful implementation of the district’s vision.

    Action Plan 1: Develop a district school improvement process that complies with No Child Left Behind and other Applicable Laws and Provisions.

    Action Plan 2: Reduce the achievement gap in accordance with No Child Left Behind between student sub groups by reducing the number of schools in Program Improvement and increase attainment of Safe Harbor improvements.

    Action Plan 3: Eliminate the disproportionate referral, identification, and placement of students into Special Education and increase student success.

    Action Plan 4: Develop and promote culturally responsive instruction and leadership districtwide.

    Action Plan 5: Increase number of schools achieving No Child Left Behind compliance and reduce schools in Program Improvement.

    Action Plan 6: Ensure equal access to district developed pathways and universal success for all students with monitoring tools.

    Action Plan 7: Conduct ongoing data reviews of student progress by school.

    Action Plan 8: Ensure Multi-tiered Intervention Model is in place in all schools.

  5. Implement Technology For Learning Kent School District will develop and implement a comprehensive, instructionally sound, student-centered education program where technology plays a meaningful role in supporting, extending, and individualizing learning opportunities for all students.
    • Action Plan 1: Provide professional development focused on best practice use of technology as a tool of rigorous instruction.
    • Action Plan 2: Develop and provide access to technology tools and resources supporting the instructional improvement process.
    • Action Plan 3: Design, implement and maintain a reliable and stable technology infrastructure appropriate to support the core instructional mission of the district.
    • Action Plan 4: Develop and provide access to student leadership opportunities which promote academic growth and success.


    Action Plan 1: Provide professional development focused on best practice use of technology as a tool of rigorous instruction.

    Action Plan 2: Develop and provide access to technology tools and resources supporting the instructional improvement process.

    Action Plan 3: Design, implement and maintain a reliable and stable technology infrastructure appropriate to support the core instructional mission of the district.

    Action Plan 4: Develop and provide access to student leadership opportunities which promote academic growth and success.

  6. Develop A Strategic Plan – In partnership with our community stakeholders, Kent School District will develop a strategic plan to guide the district in achieving its vision for 2010 and beyond.

    Action Plan 1: Establish a framework for the development and implementation of the KSD long term Strategic Plan Process during the 2009-10 School Year for execution of the Strategic Plan in 2010-11 and beyond.

  7. Demonstrate Leadership For Success – Kent School District will demonstrate proactive, supportive, accountable, reflective, and distributive leadership practices.


    Action Plan 1: Develop a research-based professional development plan for Leadership Team.

    Action Plan 2: Develop opportunities to expand district leaders in an advisory role to achieve the district goals.

    Action Plan 3: Increase effectiveness of distributive leadership at department and building levels within a culture of respect, caring, and high expectations.


  8. Collaborate Through Partnerships – As a means of promoting student success and well-being, the Kent School District will increase the number of authentic internal and external collaborative partnerships.

    Action Plan 1: Survey all schools to determine partnership programs in place, and categorize programs by audience, purpose, and activity.

    Action Plan 2: Increase community awareness regarding need for authentic partnership activities to benefit students.

    Action Plan 3: Utilize identified authentic partnership criteria to initiate new collaborative efforts with parents and community that address disproportionality relative to academic achievement and graduation rates.

  9. Maintain Fiscal Responsibility – Kent School District will be a responsible steward of public funds and resources to ensure ongoing fiscal stability while effectively and efficiently utilizing resources to achieve the district mission.
 
 

 

 

 

 

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