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    Lessons Learned: Our Journey to Digital Lessons Learned: Our Journey to Digital Presentation Transcript

    • Lessons Learned:OUR JOURNEY TO DIGITALRob Waldron • President & CEO
    • Objectives• Share what we learned in the journey from print to 500,000 digital users in one year• Provide some practical advice garnered from working with district leaders across the country• Learn from you what other priorities we should be tackling
    • The reality today is that when ageneral officer speaks to a captain, the general officer has never used any of the communication systems, intelligence assets, or weapons systems that the captain has...thingsgo so fast now it is very difficult… to be experts and still be leading. –General Stanley McChrystal
    • A Clear Mandate ……drove us to redefine how technology can enable our ―student centered learning‖ mission 2001: No Child Left Behind Student 2004: National Center for Centered Response to Intervention (RtI) Learning 2010: Common Core State Standards 1National Center for Education Statistics (2012): http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=46 2Pew Research Center (2012): http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/04/04/the-rise-of-e-reading/
    • A Clear Mandate ……drove us to redefine how technology can enable our ―student centered learning‖ mission 1994: KIPP 1997: Florida Virtual Student Centered 2006: Rocketship Learning 2006: Khan Academy 1National Center for Education Statistics (2012): http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=46 2Pew Research Center (2012): http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/04/04/the-rise-of-e-reading/
    • A Clear Mandate ……drove us to redefine how technology can enable our ―student centered learning‖ mission 2003: 93% internet access in schools1 2012: 95% broadband access Student in schools1 Centered Learning 2012: 21% of US has read an e-book2 1National Center for Education Statistics (2012): http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=46 2Pew Research Center (2012): http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/04/04/the-rise-of-e-reading/
    • A Clear Mandate ……drove us to redefine how technology can enable our ―student centered learning‖ mission Meet the individual needs of each child by Student providing every child Centered what he/she needs Learning when he/she needs it. 1National Center for Education Statistics (2012): http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=46 2Pew Research Center (2012): http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2012/04/04/the-rise-of-e-reading/
    • An Auspicious Start• 0 to 500,000 digital users in one year• Approved as a teacher evaluation input in OH & NY• Recommended in Dallas, Chicago, Cleveland, etc.• Utilized in many leading charters—KIPP NY, LA, Chicago; Rocketship; Harlem Children’s Zone, Aspire, etc.• Praise from leaders and users throughout the country: ―i-Ready is the best online assessment and instruction combo I’ve ever seen‖ Dr. Eric Conti, Superintendent of Schools, Burlington, MA— named Top 10 Tech-Savvy Superintendent by eSchoolNews
    • Five Lessons Learned
    • •••••Lesson 1 Despite political and market turmoil, educator priorities are remarkably consistent.
    • ••••• Singing the Same Song Provider Reputable Easy to Use and Implement Ongoing Service and Support Product Training and Professional DevelopmentAssessment Affordable Instruction Online Efficacy Research Valid and reliable Link to assessment Progress monitoring Data-driven Common Core & State Standards Blended Learning Formative and Differentiated summative
    • •••••Lesson 2 The bright lines that separated publishers are gone have been replaced by the same pitch from everyone, resulting in customer confusion
    • •••••The Trusted Advisor Dilemma My company (insert company name), provides an innovative data-driven, differentiated instruction technology solution with progress monitoring and top-notch professional development.
    • •••••Lesson 3 Technology requires seamless integration of programs; thus, buying the ―best‖ individual solutions, ―à la carte,‖ doesn’t work.
    • •••••Best of Breed
    • Square Peg…Round Hole
    • •••••Lesson 4 Most student centered learning initiatives fall apart during the purchase process.
    • Eyewitness Account ―Differentiated Pilot adaptive diagnostic Test prep ―cramming‖Instruction‖ RFP issued No one fulfills the Great insights but More whole class ―kitchen sink‖ doesn’t link to instruction than before requirements instructional resources RFP Spring Summer Fall Winter Spring Summer 2011 2011 2011 2011–2012 2012 2012 Buy ―safe bet‖ test Align diagnostic to No conclusive view of prep software instruction resources success/failure Edit and re-issue No impact on Completion of huge original ―differentiated struggling students effort delayed to March instruction‖ RFP
    • ••••• Lesson 5 Preliminary research* results suggest a profound lack of cohesion in terms of strategy, expectations, usage, and impact.*Initial findings from Frank Ferguson Fellowship, sponsored by Curriculum Associates, Rocketship, and the Billand Melinda Gates Foundation
    • ••••• Game of Telephone Chief Academic Tech Officer: Director:―We have rationalized ―I don’t know but our assessments to there are 87 programs focus primarily on that have been vetted program A.‖ against our tech requirements.‖ ―How many technology- based assessments Principal: are used in Teacher: ―We have been your district?‖ ―Feels like a new provided A and B one each week. I only programs. use product C becauseI am piloting 2 other it’s mandated, but I don’t programs.‖ have a good sense of its impact.‖
    • What to do? Some advice from your peers 1 Find out what is being used, what is working, what it costs. NOTE: Our foundation fellow can do this for you 2 Ask more questions*, demand more from publishers 3 Accept the fact that the Common Core journey is multi-year and needs to start now 4 Ensure the solution works for the average teacher 5 75th percentile ―most innovative‖ solution, executed at 100% is much, much better than vice versa*Supporting tools available in handouts
    • Key Questions Online Assessments: Was the program built from scratch from the Common Core or just “retrofitted”? Online Instruction: Is the instruction automatically differentiated based on an integrated assessment? Online Providers: Is the program SaaS (Software as a Service), enabling anytime access and rapid upgrades?
    • We’re in the middle of one of the great revolutions in the history of education. For the first time ever, technology has given us the ability to deliver a world classeducation to every child in the world. –Tom Vander Ark
    • Questions and Discussion Rob Waldron RWaldron@CAinc.com 978-313-1208 Available ResourcesTechnology Buying Technology RFP Guide Template