Comprehensive IT: Opportunities for Students
When the Whole School is ‘The Academy’
Crooms Academy of Information Technolo...
#NAFNext
Crooms Academy of Information Technology
School Profile for 2012-2013
• Seminole County Public Schools’ only dedi...
#NAFNext
Crooms Academy of Information Technology
School Profile for 2012-2013
• School grade of “A” on Florida’s School A...
#NAFNext
“Poor students do not exhibit low academic
achievement because they are poor but
because of the way that we treat...
#NAFNext
What Should We Do? . . .
. . . All That We Can!
#NAFNext
It Takes a Village:
A Multi-Pronged Approach
Stephen Covey, ISTE International Conference 2011
#NAFNext
Our Schoolhouse Model
• Technology Integration in the Content Areas
• Professional Learning Communities
• Respons...
#NAFNext
We Control Factors
We Can Control
• What gets taught
• Who teaches it
• How it gets taught
• Empowering both teac...
#NAFNext
Areas of Focus
• Integrating technology
• Empowering both teachers and students with
data and monitoring to motiv...
#NAFNext
Integration of Technology
• Every student is issued a personal laptop which
comes loaded with software and hardwa...
#NAFNext
Integration of Technology
• Extensive technology coursework offered onsite
and 23 courses offered through Early C...
#NAFNext
Integration of Technology
• Network Concepts
• Network Computer
Maintenance and Repair
• Office Applications
• Ad...
#NAFNext
Integration of Technology
#NAFNext
Integration of Technology
IT Industry Certifications
Adobe Dreamweaver Associate
Adobe Flash Associate
Adobe Phot...
#NAFNext
Integration of Technology
CompTIA A+
CompTIA Linux+
CompTIA Network+
CompTIA Security+
Oracle Certified Associate...
#NAFNext
Integration of Technology
151 industry certifications earned in 2012-2013
17 Adobe Dreamweaver
1 Adobe Flash
48 A...
#NAFNext
What’s In Your Toolbox?
Take a few minutes to reflect:
• Which industry certifications could you offer at your
sc...
#NAFNext
Using Data and Progress Monitoring to
Drive and Improve Instruction
“Data-driven decision making can produce
its ...
#NAFNext
Using Data and Progress Monitoring to
Drive and Improve Instruction
• Ongoing Progress Monitoring
– Discovery Edu...
#NAFNext
Using Data and Progress Monitoring to
Drive and Improve Instruction
• During pre-plan teachers review student ach...
#NAFNext
Using Data and Progress Monitoring to
Drive and Improve Instruction
• Monitor student progress through periodic s...
#NAFNext
Using Data and Progress Monitoring to
Drive and Improve Instruction
2012-2013 State of Florida Assessment Results...
#NAFNext
What’s In Your Toolbox?
Take a few minutes to reflect:
• Are there data-focused professional learning
communities...
#NAFNext
Building a Culture of Support
for All Students
• Literacy strategies implemented in core academic
and technology ...
#NAFNext
Building a Culture of Support
for All Students
• Literacy Leadership Team
– Surveys of student and teacher litera...
#NAFNext
Building a Culture of Support
for All Students
• Four Year Career Plan
9th grade: Success Skills
10th grade: Enha...
#NAFNext
What’s In Your Toolbox?
Take a few minutes to reflect:
• Is there time within your master schedule to schedule
ti...
#NAFNext
There Is No Silver Bullet
• Combining a variety of researched based
practices, providing the support to implement...
#NAFNext
“Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.
They seem not to notice us, hovering,
averting our eyes, and they se...
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This inspirational session will highlight the key components of a successful high school model. Participants will learn strategies for integrating technology into the classroom, building a culture of support for all students and empowering students and teachers with data to motivate change in student achievement.
Presenters: Connie Collins and Demetria Hayes Faison, Crooms Academy of IT

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  • Share- we don’t have magic answers. We follow the current researched based practices and believe that all of our efforts combined help our students be successful. We will present a ‘smorgasbord’ of strategies that we have adopted and implemented that we believe have been impactful. We hope that you will find something that you can takeaway and apply to your academy.Integrating technologyEmpowering both teachers and students with data and monitoring to motivate and improve student achievementBuilding a culture of excellence and support for all students
  • Dual Enrollment Courses: A+, Bitmap Graphics, Introduction to Digital Media, Introduction to Computer Programming, Web Programming, Network Cabling, Internetworking Security, Introduction to Web 2.0 tools – iPad apps, social media (twitter, Facebook, edModo), blogs, student response systems (“clickers”), Prezi software, polleverywhere.com, digital content (online books, lynda.com), podcasting, Schoology, etc.
  • If we have learned anything it is that there is no silver bullet. Good strong instruction, support, recruitment, progress monitoring, rigorous and relevant curriculum, continuous improvement model, short and long range planning and goal setting by staff AND students
  • Comprehensive IT: Opportunities for Students When the Whole School Is “The Academy”

    1. 1. Comprehensive IT: Opportunities for Students When the Whole School is ‘The Academy’ Crooms Academy of Information Technology Seminole County Public Schools Sanford, FL Dr. Connie Collins, Former Principal Demetria Hayes Faison, Principal croomsaoit.org
    2. 2. #NAFNext Crooms Academy of Information Technology School Profile for 2012-2013 • Seminole County Public Schools’ only dedicated magnet • Open enrollment for all rising freshmen and students are randomly selected for admission • 577 students, 35 teachers, 2 counselors, 2 APs • Student population: 56% White, 21% Hispanic, 15% African American, 4% Asian, 2% Multiracial, 1% American Indian, 1% Pacific Islander • 47% percent of student population is economically disadvantaged
    3. 3. #NAFNext Crooms Academy of Information Technology School Profile for 2012-2013 • School grade of “A” on Florida’s School Accountability Report • US News and World Report’s #1 Most Connected Classrooms in the US • Listed in US News and World Report’s list of US Best High Schools • Listed in Newsweek as one of US Best High Schools • National Academy Foundation, Distinguished Academy • Magnet Schools of America, Magnet School of Excellence
    4. 4. #NAFNext “Poor students do not exhibit low academic achievement because they are poor but because of the way that we treat poor children. . . What commentators call an ‘ethnic gap’ is, in fact, a teaching gap, a curriculum gap, and an expectations gap.” Doug Reeves, 2006 in The Learning Leader
    5. 5. #NAFNext What Should We Do? . . . . . . All That We Can!
    6. 6. #NAFNext It Takes a Village: A Multi-Pronged Approach Stephen Covey, ISTE International Conference 2011
    7. 7. #NAFNext Our Schoolhouse Model • Technology Integration in the Content Areas • Professional Learning Communities • Response to Intervention • Positive Behavior Support • Kagan Learning Strategies • Ruby Payne Poverty Training • Marzano Art and Science of Teaching
    8. 8. #NAFNext We Control Factors We Can Control • What gets taught • Who teaches it • How it gets taught • Empowering both teacher AND students with data and monitoring to motivate students and improve student achievement • Academic interventions during the school day • Extended day activities • Student support through faculty academic advocates and community mentors
    9. 9. #NAFNext Areas of Focus • Integrating technology • Empowering both teachers and students with data and monitoring to motivate and improve student achievement • Building a culture of excellence and support for all students
    10. 10. #NAFNext Integration of Technology • Every student is issued a personal laptop which comes loaded with software and hardware • Access to the Internet and network resources on campus is given via a wireless network • Crooms Academy has 10 computer labs including an Apple Mac desktop lab and a game and simulation lab • The school also features SMART technologies in every classroom
    11. 11. #NAFNext Integration of Technology • Extensive technology coursework offered onsite and 23 courses offered through Early College/Dual Enrollment at Seminole State College of Florida • Staff uses technology and Web 2.0 tools to support and improve instruction • Students use technology to enhance learning in content course • Cross-curricular projects between core academic teachers and technology teachers
    12. 12. #NAFNext Integration of Technology • Network Concepts • Network Computer Maintenance and Repair • Office Applications • Adv. Office Applications • Bitmap Graphics • Intro to Digital Media • Web Programming • Web Applications • Web Scripting & AJAX • Data Driven Websites • Principles of Computer Programming • C# Programming • Adv. C# Programming • Cisco Networking I • Cisco Networking II • Cisco Networking III • Cisco Networking IV • Intro to Internetworking Security • Database Management • Intro to UNIX (Linux +) • Oracle SQL • Intro to Wireless Technologies • Intro to IP Telephony
    13. 13. #NAFNext Integration of Technology
    14. 14. #NAFNext Integration of Technology IT Industry Certifications Adobe Dreamweaver Associate Adobe Flash Associate Adobe Photoshop Associate Certified Internet Web (CIW) Design Specialist Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Cisco Certified Entry Network Technician (CCENT)
    15. 15. #NAFNext Integration of Technology CompTIA A+ CompTIA Linux+ CompTIA Network+ CompTIA Security+ Oracle Certified Associate Microsoft Office Specialist Microsoft Technical Associate Windows Operating Systems Fundamentals
    16. 16. #NAFNext Integration of Technology 151 industry certifications earned in 2012-2013 17 Adobe Dreamweaver 1 Adobe Flash 48 Adobe Photoshop 16 Adobe Premiere Pro 5 CompTIA A+ 34 Microsoft Office Specialist (*must pass 3 exams) 153 Power Point 119 Word 37 Excel 30 Microsoft Technical Associate
    17. 17. #NAFNext What’s In Your Toolbox? Take a few minutes to reflect: • Which industry certifications could you offer at your school that are aligned with your NAF courses and academy theme? • How could you infuse Web 2.0 tools in your classroom to enhance student learning? • How could your academy expand the partnership with the local community college to offer or increase dual enrollment courses at your school site?
    18. 18. #NAFNext Using Data and Progress Monitoring to Drive and Improve Instruction “Data-driven decision making can produce its intended effects only if supported by organizational capacity that allows schools and leaders to intentionally change instructional practices in the face of new information” (Halverson, et al., 2005).
    19. 19. #NAFNext Using Data and Progress Monitoring to Drive and Improve Instruction • Ongoing Progress Monitoring – Discovery Education Assessments for Reading, Algebra, Geometry, Biology, and College Readiness – Write Score for Writing – Certiport for Adobe Certifications – GMetrix for Microsoft Office Specialist – Measure Up for Microsoft Technical Associate – District common assessments – Classroom assessments
    20. 20. #NAFNext Using Data and Progress Monitoring to Drive and Improve Instruction • During pre-plan teachers review student achievement data from the previous year and reflect on strengths and needs • Teachers develop a personal improvement plan based on instructional needs of students • Teachers analyze current student data and adjust instruction to achieve maximum achievement • Teachers work in professional learning communities by grade level, by department, or by course to implement best practices
    21. 21. #NAFNext Using Data and Progress Monitoring to Drive and Improve Instruction • Monitor student progress through periodic screening and diagnostics in Writing, Reading, Math, Biology, and Technology • Teachers adjust instruction based on results • Teachers proactively support students to prevent regression • Tutoring and a variety of interventions or acceleration are provided as needed • Teachers and students conference and set goals for improvement and students monitor their own progress
    22. 22. #NAFNext Using Data and Progress Monitoring to Drive and Improve Instruction 2012-2013 State of Florida Assessment Results for Crooms • Highest district proficiency FCAT Reading 2.0 • Highest district high school performance in Writing 2.0 (3.5) • Highest district high school performance in Biology EOC • Highest district high school performance in Algebra EOC • Highest district high school performance in Geometry EOC • Highest district high school performance in U.S. History EOC
    23. 23. #NAFNext What’s In Your Toolbox? Take a few minutes to reflect: • Are there data-focused professional learning communities (PLCs) on your campus? • How are the PLCs utilizing progress monitor data within your academy to inform instruction? • Does your administrative team plan for time during the school day for teachers to meet by grade level, department, or course to review data and plan collaboratively?
    24. 24. #NAFNext Building a Culture of Support for All Students • Literacy strategies implemented in core academic and technology courses • Advisement lessons: Weekly lessons that support best instructional practices • 20-minute uninterrupted block of silent sustained reading three days per week • Guided Study academic intervention during the school day • After-school tutoring and student support • SAT and ACT preparation
    25. 25. #NAFNext Building a Culture of Support for All Students • Literacy Leadership Team – Surveys of student and teacher literacy needs – One Book, One School Project – Promotion of reading through Scholastic Reading Counts Quiz Competition – Strategy of the Month Program – Support of classroom libraries • Explorers Club for at-risk students to develop cultural literacy, vocabulary, and leadership skills
    26. 26. #NAFNext Building a Culture of Support for All Students • Four Year Career Plan 9th grade: Success Skills 10th grade: Enhanced Success Skills 11th grade: Job shadowing 12th grade: Internships, Exit Interviews • Business Advisory Council Classroom Speakers Mentors to teachers and students Host job shadowing experiences and student interns • Annual Tech Fest Student Conference
    27. 27. #NAFNext What’s In Your Toolbox? Take a few minutes to reflect: • Is there time within your master schedule to schedule time for interventions during the school day? • How does your school plan for providing student supports/tutorial beyond the school day? Brainstorm some ways that the plan can be improved to be even more effective. • Could you implement a student focused conference on campus to introduce your students to industry leaders, local businesses, and colleges and universities who are aligned with your academy theme?
    28. 28. #NAFNext There Is No Silver Bullet • Combining a variety of researched based practices, providing the support to implement and monitor these practices have led to our successful IT academy • We collaborate as a staff to provide the best atmosphere for success for all students
    29. 29. #NAFNext “Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted.” -Garrison Keillor

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