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  • 1. EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link Week 4 Assignment: Due at the end of Week 4. Overview Last week, you engaged in an analysis and wrote a report describing the use of technology and information systems to enrich campus curriculum, enhance teaching and learning, and generally integrate technology into our campus improvement plans to effectively integrate technology and instructional leadership. Your analysis and report should provide the necessary background for the Week 4 major assignment – developing an action plan for gathering, analyzing, and using data from a variety of sources for informed campus decision making focusing on integrating technology, 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 and district improvement plans as well as any technology plans, and your Week 3 report to make sure 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 must review and comment on at least one other action plan focusing on organizational leadership designed 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
  • 2. EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link Rubric Use the following Rubric to guide your work on the Week 4 Assignment. Tasks Not Meeting Accomplished Proficient Progressing  Expectations Action plan Student completes the Student completes Student provides a Student does not includes an organizational flow the organizational partial organizational complete the organizational chart identifying key chart with some chart that does not organizational chart or chart identifying personnel from the identification of include all key description of roles and key 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 and district and responsible for does not address responsibilities of key campus integrating technology the roles and personnel. organizational and instructional and responsibilities of (1 point)e leadership 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 (2 points) of all personnel. (Maximum 3 points) Comprehensive Student describes a Student provides a Student provides a Student fails to develop professional professional professional professional a professional development 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 the plan of integrating of integrating three bulleted bulleted items from the technology with technology with items from the Accomplished column. instructional and instructional and Accomplished organizational organizational column. (1 points) leadership. leadership. To achieve (2 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
  • 3. EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link 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 3 points) Evaluation plan to The action plan must Student provides Student provides an Student fails to include assess the also include an an evaluation plan evaluation plan that an evaluation plan in progress and evaluation plan that that addresses addresses only one of the Week 4 action success 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 (1 point) other analysis from (2 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
  • 4. EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link assessments and/or monitoring evaluating professional development to improve decision making in the integration of technology with instructional and organizational leadership. . (Maximum 3 points) Posting action plan Student posts their Student posts their Student posts their Student does not post on the Discussion action plan on the action plan on the action plan on the on the Discussion Board 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 does evidence of provides evidence, and provides not provide any reviewing and through written evidence, through comments or (0 points) commenting on comments, of reviewing written comments, reflections on the action plans of and reflecting on at of reviewing and action plans of other other students. least two other reflecting on one students. student’s action plan. other student’s (Maximum 3 points) action plan. (1 point) (2 points) Assignment Responses are relevant Responses are Responses are Responses do not Mechanics 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 3 points) mechanics Needs writing mechanics. punctuation, including (2 points) (1 APA errors. point)Improvement (0 points) Page 4 – Revised October 2009
  • 5. EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link The following four parts to the Week 4 assignments should help you complete an action plan that incorporates all four elements of the assignment, including posting your action plan and commenting and reflecting on the action plans shared by fellow students. Week 4 Assignment, Part 1: Development of an organization chart integrating technology Using the campus and district improvement plans, and any suggested technology improvements, 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. District Level – Superintendent provides educational leadership for the district in all areas including technology implementation and instruction and supports the professional development of principals, teachers and other staff. Director of Instructional Technology is responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing the district plan for instructional technology; supporting Instructional Technology Specialists in the schools, consulting on the selection of technology equipment and related materials and coordinating staff development activities in the area of instructional technology and internet safety. Campus Level – Instructional Technology Specialists are committed to preparing students for life in a society that is becoming more dependent on the use of technology in higher education, business, and industry. Instructional Technology Specialists are certified teachers who have an expertise in the use of technology to support student learning. They share effective practices in cyber-ethics and provide ongoing, sustained professional development in the use and safety of existing and emerging technologies as tools for life-long learning with teachers and students. Principals are responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing the campus plan for instructional technology; supporting the campus Page 5 – Revised October 2009
  • 6. EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link Instructional Technology Specialist, consult on the selection of technology equipment and related materials and coordinating staff development activities in the area of instructional technology and internet safety at the campus level. Teachers work with Instructional Technology Specialists who assist them in the development of engaging, hands-on activities that provide students with experiences that integrate the use of technology into the core curriculum. They share effective practices in cyber-ethics and provide ongoing, sustained professional development in the use and safety of existing and emerging technologies as tools for life-long learning with teachers and students. Page 6 – Revised October 2009
  • 7. EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link Week 4 Assignment, Part 2: Professional Development Planning Using the campus and district improvement plans, and any suggested technology improvements, 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. Per the week 3 assignment the classes listed below are suggestions that I would make to my district for professional development planning. I discovered that my campus is not following our District Technology Mission Statement in the areas of technology integration, copyright laws, and internet safety. Most of these classes can be taught be our Instructional Technology Specialists. Other classes can be coordinated by them with the incoporation of outside speakers. Higher Order Thinking Technology - This staff development will give ideas as to how to create technology lessons using higher order thinking skills. Everything You Need to Know About Copyright in Your Classroom - This staff development will cover all aspects of copyright laws and fair use in the classroom and supply you with the knowledge you need to become copyright compliant. Incoporating Electronic Communication Into The Classroom – This staff development presentation will share the benefits of using electronic communication devices to share information and communicate with students and parents. Cyber Ethics and Safety – This staff development will address the issues of child safety on the internet as well as offer suggestions on the prevention of encounters with online predators and cyber bullies. Page 7 – Revised October 2009
  • 8. EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link Week 4 Assignment, Part 3: Evaluation Planning for Action Plan The technology action plan integrating instructional an organizational leadership must include evaluation 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. Along with offering the above staff development classes, my Campus Improvement Committee would need to rewrite their goals on the Campus Improvement Plan to incorporate technology staff development. Our district Electronic Communication and Data policies already address the issues of internet safety acknowledging the Children’s Internet Protection Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act ("Electronic Communication and," 2009). According to the STaR Chart data for our campus, Educator Preparation and Development has been the lowest rating for the past three consecutive years. I believe this is the area of our greatest need. I also think the principal of the school should gather data through surveys of teachers to determine if the staff development that is offered is meeting their needs. Analysis of the most recent STaR Chart, when it is available, is crucial. Also, online anonymous surveys after each staff development to determine their respective appropriateness should be conducted and analyzed by the Director of Instructional Technology. I would like to see a blog started among the faculty to post comments about how things are going in the district in general. The blog should be reviewed and evaluated by the principal on a regular basis. Electronic Communication and Data Management. (2009). Rockwall isd policies and procedures manual. Retrieved (2009, December 13) from http://www.tasb.org/policy/pol/private/199901/pol.cfm? DisplayPage=CQ(LEGAL).pdf Page 8 – Revised October 2009
  • 9. EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Link Week 4 Assignment, Part 4: Posting your Action Report and Responding to Other Students’ 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 9 – Revised October 2009