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    • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology LinkKristen BelcherWeek 4 Assignment: Due at the end of Week 4.OverviewLast week, you engaged in an analysis and wrote a report describing the use of technology andinformation systems to enrich campus curriculum, enhance teaching and learning, and generallyintegrate technology into our campus improvement plans to effectively integrate technology andinstructional leadership. Your analysis and report should provide the necessary background forthe Week 4 major assignment – developing an action plan for gathering, analyzing, and usingdata from a variety of sources for informed campus decision making focusing on integratingtechnology, instructional leadership, professional development and organizational leadership.As a result of this week’s assignments, you will be able to: • Examine and assess procedures for gathering, analyzing, and using data from a variety of sources for informed decision making regarding the integration of technology, instructional and organizational leadership (SBEC Principal Competency 7 indicator); • Design and apply skills for monitoring and evaluating change and making needed adjustments to achieve the campus vision and goals, including the integration of technology as described above (SBEC Principal Competency 7 indicator).Both of these outcomes are elements of Domain II, Instructional Leadership.In writing your Week 4 action plan, use your interviews, your readings, including campus anddistrict improvement plans as well as any technology plans, and your Week 3 report to makesure the action plan: • Identifies data gathering sources; • Provides a description of an organizational chart describing decision making responsibilities regarding the integration of technology from central office personnel to campus leadership and staff; • Describes comprehensive professional development activities to achieve your action plan (this may utilize information from the previous three weeks of readings and activities); • Includes an evaluation plan to assess the progress and success of the action plan.Students will be asked to post their action plan on the Discussion Board and each student mustreview and comment on at least one other action plan focusing on organizational leadershipdesigned to maximize the use of technology in data gathering and decision making.Submit your assignment by 11:59 PM on the seventh day of Week 4.Page 1 – Revised October 2009
    • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link Kristen Belcher Rubric Use the following Rubric to guide your work on the Week 4 Assignment. Tasks Not Meeting Accomplished Proficient Progressing  ExpectationsAction plan Student completes the Student completes Student provides a Student does notincludes an organizational flow the organizational partial organizational complete theorganizational chart identifying key chart with some chart that does not organizational chart orchart identifying personnel from the identification of include all key description of roles andkey stakeholders in district administration district and stakeholders, and responsibilities.integrating through campus campus does not describe the (0 points)technology and implementation personnel, but roles anddistrict and responsible for does not address responsibilities of keycampus integrating technology the roles and personnel.organizational and instructional and responsibilities of (16 point)eleadership organizational personnel in leadership. Chart must integrating and identify personnel titles implementing responsible for this technology, integration and instructional and implementation, and a organizational brief description of the leadership. role and responsibilities (18 points) of all personnel. (Maximum 20 points)Comprehensive Student describes a Student provides a Student provides a Student fails to developprofessional professional professional professional a professionaldevelopment development plan or development development plan(s) development plan(s).plan(s) designed to activities designed to plan(s) that that addresses only one of the three (0 points)achieve the action achieve the action plan address two of theplan of integrating of integrating three bulleted bulleted items from thetechnology with technology with items from the Accomplished column.instructional and instructional and Accomplishedorganizational organizational column. (16 points)leadership. leadership. To achieve (18 points) maximum credit, the professional development plan(s) must: • Reference analysis and lessons learned about the technology needs from the Week 3 report • Addresses professional Page 2 – Revised October 2009
    • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link Kristen Belcher development designed to improve the gathering, analysis and use of data from a variety of sources • Includes professional development to improve decision making in the integration of technology with instructional and organizational leadership. (Maximum 20 points)Evaluation plan to The action plan must Student provides Student provides an Student fails to includeassess the also include an an evaluation plan evaluation plan that an evaluation plan inprogress and evaluation plan that that addresses addresses only one of the Week 4 actionsuccess of the provides measurable two of the bulleted the bulleted items from plan.action plan. outcomes designed to items from the the Accomplished (0 points) address the following: Accomplished column. column. • Uses data and (16 point) other analysis from (18 points) the Week 3 report, including using the campus and district improvement plans, and local or state technology plans; • Provides assessments and/or monitoring reports measuring professional development designed to use technology to improve the gathering, analysis and use of data from a variety of sources • Provides Page 3 – Revised October 2009
    • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link Kristen Belcher assessments and/or monitoring evaluating professional development to improve decision making in the integration of technology with instructional and organizational leadership. . (Maximum 20 points)Posting action plan Student posts their Student posts their Student posts their Student does not poston the Discussion action plan on the action plan on the action plan on the on the DiscussionBoard and on their Discussion Board and Discussion Board Discussion Board and Board or on their blog.blog, and provides on their blog and and on their blog on their blog but doesevidence of provides evidence, and provides not provide anyreviewing and through written evidence, through comments or (0 points)commenting on comments, of reviewing written comments, reflections on theaction plans of and reflecting on at of reviewing and action plans of otherother students. least two other reflecting on one students. student’s action plan. other student’s (Maximum 20 points) action plan. (16 point) (18 points)Assignment Responses are relevant Responses are Responses are Responses do notMechanics to course content; relevant to course relevant to course reflect knowledge of student uses correct content; one or content; more than course content, lack APA writing mechanics; two errors in three errors in clarity and depth, no errors in grammar, grammar, spelling, grammar, spelling, or and/or include multiple spelling, or punctuation. or punctuation, punctuation including errors in grammar, including APA APA writing spelling, and (Maximum 10 points) mechanics Needs writing mechanics. punctuation, including (8 points) (6 APA errors. point)Improvement (0 points) Page 4 – Revised October 2009
    • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology LinkKristen BelcherThe following four parts to the Week 4 assignments should help you complete anaction plan that incorporates all four elements of the assignment, includingposting your action plan and commenting and reflecting on the action plansshared by fellow students.Page 5 – Revised October 2009
    • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology LinkKristen BelcherWeek 4 Assignment, Part 1: Development of an organization chart integratingtechnologyUsing the campus and district improvement plans, and any suggested technologyimprovements, develop an organization chart that includes the following: • Identify by title or job description all personnel/stakeholders responsible for integrating technology and instructional and organization leadership from the district office to the campus and classroom; • Provide a brief description of the role and responsibilities of all identified personnel in your organizational chart; • Discuss the role of the principal in making sure the organizational chart is implemented and monitored.Page 6 – Revised October 2009
    • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology LinkKristen Belcher Organizational Chart Integrating Technology and Instruction Superintendent: Dr. Don Stockton Assistant Superintendent for Technology: Dr. Scott Barrett Coordinator for Instructional Technology: Amy Mayer Assistant Coordinator for Instructional Technology: Alicia Swedberg Campus Principal: JJ Daw Campus Technology Liaison: Hayley Rasco Campus Technology Committee: 8 members of teachers/staffPage 7 – Revised October 2009 Classroom Teacher
    • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology LinkKristen BelcherSuperintendent- The Superintendent serves as the leader for the entire school district.This person is responsible for leadership, making decisions, budget needs, mentoring,etc. The roles of this person goes on and on. As for as technology is concerned, thesuperintendent acts as a role model by using technology is his or her daily life. Thisperson implements technology in his or her job and reinforces it to all districtemployees. He or she also encourages the use of technology and the integration oftechnology into the classroom. This person also meets with the technologysuperintendent to analyze technology data as needed, and helps with the developmentof the District Improvement Plan for the district in regards to technology.Technology Superintendent- This person has the responsible over all technologywithin in the district. He or she is the ultimate leader of technology and skills.Furthermore, he or she has the responsibility to oversee the integration of technologyinto the curriculum and define the needs of our teachers, students, and campuses. Theymake decisions with regards to our district hardware and software used while keep theDistrict Improvement Plan in mind. He or she also makes sure that the goals fortechnology in the District Improvement Plan are being reached. Moreover, this personmake decisions in regards to technology budgets and costs, and plans for professionaldevelopment needs of the district. He or she also analyzes technology data to create amore cohesive technology department.Coordinator for Instructional Technology- This person also plays the role of atechnology leader and mentor. Furthermore, this person is responsible for theintegration of technology into the classroom and curriculum. He or she providesresources for classroom use and professional development for staff. This person meetswith other technology leaders and administrators to make sure the district technologyplan is enforced and the needs are being met. Moreover, he or she analyzes technologydata and creates assessments to look at the needs of staff, students, and campuses.Assistant Coordinator for Instructional Technology- This person works closely withthe Coordinator for Instructional Technology and all other technology personnel. He orshe works to develop and implement professional development related to thetechnology needs of teacher and schools. Furthermore, this person helps with theimplementation of technology in the classroom. This person acts as a technology leaderand mentor to others. Thus, providing staff with ways to implement technology into dailyroutines and instruction seamlessly. This person also analyzes technology data andequipment as needed.Campus Principal- The campus principal has an integral role in the technologyorganization process. This person has to make sure the district requirements andinformation is being passed down to the campus level. They are also responsible forreinforcing the integration of technology into the classrooms. He or she can do thisthrough the review of lesson plans and classroom walkthroughs. They also have tomake sure the campus improvement plan is aligned with the needs of the campus andthe district and state standards. Encouraging and promoting professional developmentof technology is crucial in the development of campus teachers and staff. Acting as arole model and guide to teachers is also critical. The principal should demonstrate thetechnology skills that he or she wants implemented. He or she should also help toPage 8 – Revised October 2009
    • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology LinkKristen Belchercreate expectations and goals for the campus; furthermore, holding the teachersaccountable to attaining them. The principal is the key link between the districtexpectations and campus implementation. The principal must see that this link is strongthrough professional development, goal setting, implementation, and teacher/studentneeds. He or she can monitor this through data analysis, STaR Chart information, andassessments.Campus Technology Liaison- This person is responsible for technology at the campuslevel. They are the first responder to the district level when additional help is needed.They act as a mentor and guide to all campus employees in regards to technology.They implement campus staff development on technology incorporation in theclassroom and instruction. They also train new campus teachers in technology whennew teachers are hired. This person models best practices and helps others totroubleshoot when needed. They are able to work on campus hardware and softwarewhen problems occur. This person is on the Site-Based Decision Making Committeeand helps develop the goals and budget for technology in the Campus ImprovementPlan. He or she takes district information and goals and makes sure they areimplemented at the campus level.Campus Technology Committee- This committee is made up of 8 staff members.They act as a mentor and guide to other staff members on campus. They are able toutilize technology daily in their classroom and instruction. Furthermore, they are able totroubleshoot with other teachers when needed. They attend district staff developmenton new technology and demonstrate their new learnings to the campus. This committeeprovides information to the Site Based Decision Making Committee for the developmentof technology on the Campus Improvement Plan. They also make sure the campus anddistrict goals for technology are being reached at a campus level.Classroom Teacher- Classroom teachers are responsible for integrating technologyinto instruction and curriculum within the classroom. They are to meet the needs ofstudents in regards to technology and meet the campus, district, and state standardswhile doing so. They are also responsible for attending professional development onways to integrate technology and how to use various resources, tools, and equipment.They are also responsible for acting as leaders and modeling the use of technology forstudents and coworkers.Page 9 – Revised October 2009
    • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology LinkKristen BelcherWeek 4 Assignment, Part 2: Professional Development PlanningUsing the campus and district improvement plans, and any suggested technologyimprovements, develop professional development activities that include the following:• Reference analysis and lessons learned about the technology needs from the Week 3 report;• Addresses professional development designed to improve the gathering, analysis and use of data from a variety of sources;• Includes professional development to improve decision making in the integration of technology with instructional and organizational leadership.District Goals/Needs- Professional development will be focused around the technologycapabilities of teachers. The district has the need for students to be able to accesstechnology more often while addressing all technology TEKS.Campus Goals/Needs- Provide staff development on the integration of technologyacross the curriculum. My campus still needs development in educator preparation anddevelopment. This will be evident in the classroom setting and in lesson plans. Ourcampus need for students to be able to access technology more often and addressingall technology TEKS while doing so. Students need increased opportunity of the use oftechnology and the understanding of tools such as Web 2.0Professional Development- Online (24 hours a day/7 days a week support), blogs,use of software/hardware and resources, Skype, book studies, making one day a monthdevoted to technology improvement/collaboration, hands on workshop with experts,utilizing leaders The state has set requirements of technology use in the classroom and for theneeds of students. Our district and campus have addressed these needs within theimprovement plans. Both plans reinforce the incorporation of the technology TEKSthroughout instruction and curriculum. Our district improvement plan stated that ourprofessional development will be focused around the technology capabilities ofteachers. My campus reinforces this by stating that it will provide staff development onthe integration of technology across the curriculum. It states that this will be evident inthe classroom setting and in lesson plans. Both the campus and district plan addressedthe needs of students to be able to access technology more often and addressing alltechnology TEKS while doing so. Students need increased opportunity of the use oftechnology and the understanding of tools such as Web 2.0. Both plans also referred tothe increase of hands on professional development to support teachers and staff withthe integration of technology in the classroom and curriculum. The STaR chartinformation also shows the need for hands on staff development on the use oftechnology tools, hardware, and software. After reviewing the past three years STaRChart, my campus still needs development in educator preparation and development.Page 10 – Revised October 2009
    • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology LinkKristen BelcherThis has been rated by teachers as developing the past two years. Even though we arefortunate enough to have the resources, teachers do not feel comfortable using all ofthem. Therefore, we have to have more opportunities for hands on professionaldevelopment to meet these needs. The more comfortable teachers become with theresources and tools, the more likely they will be to use them. With this said, our action plan should be focused around technology professionaldevelopment for teachers and the implementation of these skills in the classroom forinstruction and curriculum. We need to look at technology as a way to presentprofessional development. Using technology to present professional development willallow for more opportunities and individualized instruction. Teachers will be able toaccess the information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They will be able to work onparticular skills they need, while not sitting through a course they already know about.We should even use blogs as a way to professionally collaborate. We can conduct bookstudies and collaborate on the on the book through the blog. This will allow for anongoing discussion, that is easily accessible. I also believe my campus needs hands onopportunities to learn tools, hardware, and software. Having a professional developmentset up with experts to help guide and troubleshoot with allow teachers experience withresources while getting help from others. Sometimes it only takes someone helping youto get comfortable with the use of the equipment or resources before you are willing toimplement it in the classroom. We should be utilizing our new teachers to act as expertsto our less technologically savvy teachers. Doing this will allow our teachers to growfrom digital immigrants to digital citizens. We need to also utilize our campusadministrators, technology liaison, and technology committee to demonstratetechnology lessons and even visit classrooms to help incorporate technology into theirdaily routines. They should be modeling the use of technology and the campusexpectations. Various resources can be used during faculty meetings and orprofessional development activities to demonstrate the daily use of equipment andtools. These resources could be Skype, blogging, Wordle, slideshows, mimeos,document cameras, flip videos, etc. Teachers will be able to see technology in use andsee best practices modeled correctly. Another area of improvement will be to allow more use of technology within theclassroom. Allowing teachers and students to use cell phones and iPads as a resourceof information. Of course, our acceptable use policy will need to be revised; however, Ifeel that if students and teachers are able to use these as resources outside of theclassroom, they should be able to use them within the classroom. Our campus would also benefit from campus wide blogging and Skype fromclassroom to classroom. We can use each other as resources for incorporatingtechnology and for technology support. Another way to improve technology use in theclassroom would be to make one day a month dedicated to technology improvement.Teachers can meet this day to help each other, troubleshoot, and to share ideas andlessons. Collaborating will help develop each teachers horizons and allow them to seeother teachers perspectives. Professional development is the key to student improvement. If we improve ourprofessional development, we are also improving instruction and curriculum. We arePage 11 – Revised October 2009
    • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology LinkKristen Belcherfinding new ways to individually meet students needs. Technology is a great way tomeet the needs of teachers and students individually and differentiated.Page 12 – Revised October 2009
    • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology LinkKristen BelcherWeek 4 Assignment, Part 3: Evaluation Planning for Action PlanThe technology action plan integrating instructional an organizational leadership must includeevaluation components that provide measurable outcomes designed to address the following:• Uses data and other analysis from the Week 3 report, including using the campus and district improvement plans, and local or state technology plans;• Provides assessments and/or monitoring reports measuring professional development designed to use technology to improve the gathering, analysis and use of data from a variety of sources;• Provides assessments and/or monitoring evaluating professional development to improve decision making in the integration of technology with instructional and organizational leadership. When analyzing the improvement of technology throughout the district andcampus, there are several sources to look at. First, I would analyze the STaR Chart andall of the components of it. What areas have improved? What areas need work? Whatare our strengths and weaknesses as a campus? I would compare this data to theSTaR Chart data found over the past several years to look for growth. I would thenanalyze the AEIS and AYP report to look for more trends. Are scores going up? Whatare the areas of concern? The new technology implemented should increase overallachievement. All of these reports together will help to see what improvements havebeen made with regards to meeting student and campus needs; as well as, meetingcampus and district improvement plans and the state requirements. We are able to seeif they action and improvement plans are being followed and what changes have beenmade. Having evaluations and assessments embedded in the action plans andimprovement plans holds us accountable to success and growth. Data analysis and evaluations are key to seeing what changes need to be madein order for continuous growth. It helps us to see where we are and where we want tobe. It also holds all stakeholders accountable. These assessments provide us with afocus. I have stated that my particular campus needs support in the area of educatorpreparation and support. This information was gained from our campus STaR Chart. Inorder to have this area grow from developing to advanced technology, we must assessalong the way. I think a great way to evaluate success would be through an ongoingblog of collaboration from teachers. Teachers could post to the blog throughout the yearand discuss areas of strength and weakness. Administrators and technology leaderswould need to provide support when needed. This would allow us to make progress toreaching the goals we have set forth for our campus and district. Utilizing theinformation from Speak Up and Project Tomorrow will also provide us with informationneeded to see where we need to be. Administrators and technology leaders meetingwith teams during the one day a month devoted to technology improvement would alsoPage 13 – Revised October 2009
    • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology LinkKristen Belcherhelp. It would allow time to analyze data and reports, it would also allow for time toevaluate goals and to troubleshoot. We could also utilize teachers and student surveys.We can do this through survey monkey, blogs, and or googledocs. All of these are greatways to get information and to use technology at the same time. This will allow theadministrators and technology leaders to see the effectiveness of technology instructionand curriculum in the classroom. It will also provide feedback on areas of concern.Discussing with the teachers and students will give us wonderful information. Not onlydo the teachers need to be a part of the growth plan, but the students that are affectedshould be as well. Discussing with students, families, and community members theirneeds will allow for even more growth. Students tend to know more about technologythan the adults. Utilizing them as resources is very beneficial. They can actually teachus ways to use technology in the classroom. We need to be open minded to this idea.Furthermore, analyzing when the technology resources are used by students versusnot. What are the effects? What are the strengths and weaknesses? Did it makeinstruction more individualized and differentiated? Were students more interested andcreative? These are all questions to ask when looking at the appropriate use oftechnology in the classroom.Page 14 – Revised October 2009
    • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology LinkKristen BelcherWeek 4 Assignment, Part 4: Posting your Action Report and Responding to OtherStudents’ action plans Using the discussion board and the blog that you have developed, please write and post your action plan, and be sure to: • Read and review at least two other action plans • Respond to other action plans by posting your comments and reflections The purpose of the action report is to provide you with recommended procedures for gathering, analyzing, and using data from a variety of sources for informed campus decision making focusing on the effective integration of technology in curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development. Students may wish to use this action plan as one of your school improvement projects for your Electronic Portfolio. You may also use the Week 3 and Week 4 assignments as campus supervised hours for your internship logs. As indicated these two weeks fall under Domain II, Instructional Leadership, and address elements of Competencies 4, 5 and 7.Page 15 – Revised October 2009