Wayland Public Schools
Technology Plan:  FY13 – FY15

Fall 2012


Leisha Simon, Director of Technology
WPS Technology Task Force

School-Based Technology Committees


Table of Contents

Wayland Public Schools Technology Plan 2009-2012

        

Wayland Public Schools Mission Statement        

Benchmark 1 – Vision and Implementation Strategy        

Benchmark 2 – Technology Integration and Literacy        

Benchmark 3 - Technology Professional Development        

Benchmark 4 - Accessibility of Technology        

Benchmark 5 - E-Learning and Communications

Benchmark 6 - Safety, Security, and Data Retention        

References        

Technology Department Policy        

Technology Planning Guidelines 2010 - 2015

http://www.doe.mass.edu/edtech/techplan/10-15guidelines.pdf

Deparment of Elementary and Secondary Education - Student Literacy Standards

http://www.doe.mass.edu/edtech/standards/itstand.pdf

TSAT Sample

http://www.doe.mass.edu/edtech/standards/tsat_sampadmin.html


Wayland Public Schools
Technology Plan
FY13 - FY15

“Leveraging Instructional Technology to Improve Student Academic Performance”

Wayland Public Schools Mission Statement

Personal and civic responsibility, love of learning, and empathy for others: these are the qualities that Wayland High School seeks to instill in its students. At its core, our mission is to provide a rigorous and stimulating academic environment that promotes the acquisition of knowledge and skills. Yet we deem it equally important to nurture self-confident, collaborative, and conscientious individuals. We strive to create a climate where risk-taking is safeguarded, open expression is encouraged, and free association is protected. Our goal is to advance our students' growth into principled, informed, and capable citizens who will help guide a democracy that follows humanitarian principles in the global forum, and shape a just society where individuals may reach their full potential.

Benchmark 1 – Vision and Implementation Strategy

Vision

Wayland Public Schools is committed to the effective integration and meaningful use of instructional and information technologies to support, enrich, and extend student learning throughout the curriculum. Through integrated learning experiences, students will develop the technology literacy needed to acquire and manage knowledge, to succeed in school, and to thrive in an ever-changing, globally competitive world. In the Wayland Public Schools, all members of our school community will use technology to excel as learners and develop as leaders. Technology is a means for learning, not an end product of learning. Thus, technology will play a vital role in a personal 21st century process of teaching and learning that incorporates critical thinking, problem solving, creativity, collaboration, contextual learning and information technology.

To achieve this vision, Wayland Public Schools is committed to providing access to:

WPS Technology Task Force

Bob Meindl

Carolyn Rasta

Dave Bernstein

Jeff Dieffenbach

Jon Bower

Jon Markarian

Rob Purser

Ted Henning

Ellen Grieco

Student

Instructional Technology Specialists (Chair Building Technology Committees)

        Mary Barber

Bethann Monahan

Beth Ann Crozier

        Rita Partridge

        Nancy Colbert

District Goals

Below are our District Goals. Our goal is to provide technology resources, support and professional development (infrastructure, hardware and software applications) to support District Goals.

Goal #1:  RTI

To implement a system-wide integrated RTI program in a teaching and learning environment that includes teacher collaboration, sharing of best practices, differentiated instruction, and the use of data to inform instruction

Goal #2:  Technology

To increasingly employ instructional technology for the purpose of improving student understanding of core content knowledge and skills, including in the areas of formative assessment and differentiation

Goal #3:  Wellness

To enhance health and wellness education, employing a systemic approach to curriculum, instruction, extra-curricular activities and school culture

Goal #4: Achievement Gap

To continue to define and narrow the achievement gap

Goal #5:  Fiscal Operations

To restructure the fiscal operations within the school system with an eye toward efficiency, transparency, and accountability

Goal #6:  Full Day Kindergarten

To review the full day kindergarten pilot – including its educational impact, financing, and parental assessment – and recommend future directions

School Committee Budget Goals

http://www.wayland.k12.ma.us/cms/One.aspx?portalId=1036435&pageId=1139992

Superintendent's Presentation / Goals

http://wayland.sharpschool.net/UserFiles/Servers/Server_1036352/File/Superintendent/Supts_FY13_Proposed_Budget_Presentation.pdf

Needs Assessment

The Technology Department and Technology Task Force will work with building-based technology committees to continually assess existing and emerging technologies:

Create a software assessment rubric.

CIPA-compliant Acceptable Use Policy (AUP)

The CIPA Compliant AUPs are posted on the WPS website.

Faculty / Staff

http://www.wayland.k12.ma.us/administration/technology_department/staff_aup/

Elementary School

http://www.wayland.k12.ma.us/administration/technology_department/elementary_aup/

Secondary School

http://www.wayland.k12.ma.us/administration/technology_department/secondary_aup/

July 1, 2012:  Update AUPs / Internet Safety Policies for educating minors (and staff)  about appropriate online activity, including social networking, chat rooms and cyberbullying awareness.

Budget

The District’s Operating Budget includes detailed line items for computers (leasing), technology equipment and supplies, software, professional development and contract services. There is also a Town of Wayland Capital Budget that includes details on a ten year plan for capital expenditures for the network and data center infrastructure expansion and upgrades. Details can be found on the following Wayland website page:  

http://www.wayland.k12.ma.us/administration/superintendent/district_budget/

Capital Budget

Operating Budget

District Budget

Operating Budget – Schools

Staffing

        5 Instructional Technology Specialists

        Technology Director, Network Manager, Data Manager

2 System Administrators, 1 Computer Technician

Fall 2012:  High School Student Run Genius Bar

Erate

The Wayland Public Schools currently files E-Rate applications for Internet access charges, local and long distance telephone costs, cellular phones for in-district use and pagers for emergency contact.   All of these expenses are charged to accounts in the facilities cost center of the School Department’s general fund budget.  E-Rate reimbursement comes in the form of a check. These funds supplement technology expenditures.

Evaluation

A data collection methodology/plan is being devised and adopted through the District in prep for the FY13 1:1 computer learning initiative for Wayland High School. The methodology will be customized by school/level and focus on initiatives and goals of the individual schools around the use of technology.

We are currently engaged in the development of evaluation guidelines for assessing the effectiveness of technology in our High School in preparation for the 1:1 initiative. This includes defining outcomes and indicators for measuring progress and strategies for data collection and assessment. After successful implementation of this evaluation methodology at the High School, we will design similar evaluation tools for the Middle and Elementary levels to measure the effectiveness to technology integration.

Evaluatoin Criteria Preparation

https://docs.google.com/a/wayland.k12.ma.us/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AlvkGeU8ajradHRrcFRNRlVaOGo4ZHI4Rjc4WG5PaHc&hl=en_US#gid=0

Benchmark 2 – Technology Integration and Literacy

Collaboration of an active, committed Administrative Team and Technology Integration Team will be paramount in moving WPS forward with all Instructional Technology initiatives.

Technology Integration

(State Goal:  90% of teachers use technology everyday; 90% of teachers use technology with students everyday to improve student learning.)

The completion of our 1:1 teacher computer laptop initiative has facilitated the growth of the use of technology for everyday administrative tasks as well as for teaching and learning. All teachers use our online Student Information System for attendance and grading. We have a District LMS, its learning, that is used for Professional Development, teacher collaboration on course development and student use for differentiated instruction. All staff and students use Google Gmail (6-12) and Google Docs (3-12) for online communication and collaboration. Various software resources are used K-12 for formative assessments and to enhance student learning through the use of applications on a computer and iPad to foster critical thinking and creativity on student projects.

Technology Integration is a District Goal as noted below. Many aspects of teaching and learning are embedded with an instructional technology component. We will work with Admin Council, Principals, IT Specialists and staff to update this section on a yearly basis.

Goal #2:  Technology

Wayland High School

Wayland Middle School

Elementary

Technology Literacy

(State Goal:  90% of 8th graders show proficiency in standards; 100% of teachers are working to meet proficiency by FY15 on TSAT)

Staffing

Benchmark 3 - Technology Professional Development

SCHEDULING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS

Flexible scheduling for in-service Wednesdays can offer ongoing technology professional development opportunities.

Establish building schedules that accommodate special projects. Provide opportunities for teachers to plan with the technology specialist in order to foster improved integration.

FY12 Update - Professional Development initiatives (funded in the operating budget) focus on integrating technology into all curriculum based training and curriculum development. Teachers develop lessons using the technology based resources and learn as they do so. Technology instruction is integrated into curriculum instruction.

Wayland’s Integrations Specialists also work one on one with teachers to assist them in incorporating lessons that are rich with new technology resources and provide before, during and after school sessions for teachers. Many teachers are signing up for Virtual classes for teachers through VHS. (http://www.govhs.org/Pages/ProfDev-Home) and through other resources available online. We currently offer Blended Learning courses to staff using its learning, our online LMS. In its learning teachers collaborate on the design and development of curriculum materials they can share with their classes while using and learning about the technology to do so.

Benchmark 4 - Accessibility of Technology

A. Hardware Access  

The link below shows our current goals for computers in grades K-12. In the elementary schools we will meet the 1:1 ratio by including mobile devices such as iPads, iPod Touches and Kindles. By 2015 we will have a 1:1 ratio of computers for students in grades 6 - 12, beginning with our High School (9-12) 1:1 student computer initiative in the Fall of 2012.

http://www.wayland.k12.ma.us/UserFiles/Servers/Server_1036352/File/Tech%20Department/FY12_WPS_CIP_Item_Analysis_Final.pdf

Procurement policies are kept up to date through communication and collaboration with Curriculum Leaders in the Schools. All technology initiatives are directly tied to curriculum needs. Our replacement cycle for student computers is 5 years and for teacher and staff computers it is 3 years.

All teaching classrooms have projectors and document cameras and our goal is to continue the growth of interactive whiteboards and remote clickers through 2015.

Access to the curriculum is provided to all students using universal design principles and assistive technology devices where needed.

B. Internet Access  

  1. The district provides connectivity to the Internet for all computers in all classrooms in all schools, including wireless connectivity.  
  2. The district provides an external Internet connection to the Internet Service Provider (ISP) of 50 Mbps per 1,000 students/staff through 3 ISP Gateways @ 50 Mbps by 20 mbps (down/up) each.
  3. The district provides bandwidth of 1 Gb to each classroom. At peak, the bandwidth at each computer is at least 100 kbps. The network card for each computer is at least 10/100/1 Gb.  

C. Networking (LAN/WAN)  

  1. The district provides internal wide area network (WAN) connections from the district to each school between schools of at least 1 Gbps per 1,000 students/staff. 2 gbps between schools. (10 gb between closets)
  2. The district provides access to servers for secure file sharing, backups, scheduling, email, and web publishing, either internally or through contracted services.  

D. Access to the Internet Outside the School Day  

  1. The district provides access to its computer labs before and after school to ensure that students and staff have adequate access to the Internet outside of the school day.  
  2. The district disseminates a list of up-to-date places where students and staff can access the Internet after school hours.

E. Staffing

  1. The district provides staff or contracted services to ensure that its network is functioning at all times.
  2. The district resolves technical problems within 24 hours, so that they do not cause major disruptions to curriculum delivery. The district provides clear information about how to access technical support, which can be provided in person or remotely.
  3. The district provides at least one FTE person to support 400 computers. Technical support can be provided by dedicated staff or contracted services.

Benchmark 5 - E-Learning and Communications

Wayland vs. Benchmarks

  1. District encourages development & use of innovative strategies
  1. District deploys IP-based connections for access to web-based and /or video learning
  1. Classroom applications of e-learning include courses, cultural projects, virtual fieldtrips, etc
  1. District maintains up-to-date website with information for parents and community members
  1. The district complies with Federal & state law for archiving electronic communications by staff & students. The district informs all staff & students that info on line may be a public record.

Conclusion:

  1. We meet letter of benchmark, but we don't actively encourage eLearning
  2. The burden falls on individual teachers – if they want to pursue it, we support them.
  3. eLearning is not properly integrated into the curriculum-we are reactive not proactive. We need to focus on the expansion of this initiative for staff and students.

Benchmark 6 – Safety, Security, and Data Retention

Immediate Goals

  1. Develop one technology theme for each year for the entire staff to accomplish
  1. provide support for collaborative learning:
  1. Student-student
  2. Student-teacher
  3. Student-outsiders (e.g., Falmouth, MA and Woods Hole)
  1. Focus on PD and curriculum integration
    Teacher-teacher collaboration using same tools
  1. Include in each teacher's objectives for performance evaluation and feedback
  1. Create technology leads among teachers
  1. Work with technology specialist
  2. Set up by grade or department
  3. Responsible for developing curriculum using technology (set goals)
  4. Responsible for teaching others to use it
    and those trained in it then get technology (next year)
  5. Extra stipend (next year)
  1. Publish tech success stories
  1. School vehicles
  2. Town paper
  1. Create a Professional Development Wiki that can be updated by staff and used as a portal to offer blended learning opportunities that include eLeaning resources. (http://wayland-pd.wetpaint.com/)

Long Range Goals

  1. Develop comprehensive technology/curriculum PD
  1. Create time for it
  2. Make tech use a priority in objectives and evaluation
  3. Ensure teachers assist each either
  4. Show teachers how to use Tech resources
  1. Arrange for access to online courses
  1. Mass Colleges Online
  2. Virtual HS. (25 seats for each teacher providing an online course)
  1. Start w/ access after school for students. & townspeople
  2. Provide online electives
  3. Move forward online core courses
  1. Include technology in hiring criteria for all positions
  1. demonstrate sophisticated use in previous position
  1. Develop a model for reducing instructional costs through technology
  1. Find examples
  2. Find reports

References

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/os/technology/plan/index.html

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/os/technology/plan/2004/index.html

http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/os/technology/plan/2004/site/edlite-default.html

http://www.doe.mass.edu/edtech/

http://www.doe.mass.edu/edtech/planning.html

http://www.doe.mass.edu/edtech/standards.html

http://www.iste.org/

http://21stcenturyskills.org/  (This is just one of my favorite sites – it is not just technology goals . . . but all initiatives we should be addressing. FYI)\\

Other Notes of Reference

Open Source

DIBELS training via the Florida Center for Reading Research


Technology Department Policy

Technology Staffing Needs

While there are costs associated with additional staffing, the value of technology assistants should not be underestimated. Whether existing school staff is reassigned or extra staff is hired, the extra measure of increased technology support can be the difference between success and failure, be it an individual lesson or the entire initiative. Given the many competing demands for a technology specialist's time, it is professional development and support of curriculum integration that suffer when staffing is inadequate. With the support of a technology assistant, technology specialists can provide more professional development when teachers are available and focus more on helping classroom teachers with technology integration (3B). In recent years, technology positions have been cut. The recommendations of Wayland's Technology Plan for 2008 staffing can be met with an additional 0.4 FTE technology specialist (two 0.2) and 1.5 FTE technology assistants:


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