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The following is my Action Report for our Week 4 Assignment. Any comments or suggestions for improvement are greatly appreciated.

The following is my Action Report for our Week 4 Assignment. Any comments or suggestions for improvement are greatly appreciated.

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    • The following is my Action Report for our Week 4 Assignment. Any comments or suggestionsfor improvement are greatly appreciated.Development of an organization chart integrating technologySuperintendent • Provides leadership according to the school district’s vision • Delegates authority and supervision of district goals to Associate Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, and Chief Technology Officer • Keeps informed of current curricular and educational thoughts, trends, technologies and practices, as well as proposed legislation impacting the schools • Oversees development and implementation of objectives and long-range plans for curriculum & technology and instructional evaluation and improvementAssociate Superintendent & Assistant Superintendent • Provide leadership according to the school district’s vision • Provide instructional, curricular, & technology leadership that creates, implements, maintains, and enhances excellence, scholarship, creativity, and achievement for all students • Supervise Chief Technology Officer and Directors of Curriculum, Instructional Technology, and Desktop Services as well as all Campus Principals • Collaborate with Chief Technology Officer and Directors of Curriculum, Instructional Technology, and Desktop Services to write the District Improvement PlanChief Technology Officer • Develops Long Range District Technology Plan • Provides leadership in the technology planning and implementation for all K-12 education programs • Conducts reviews of legal issues and provides counsel to the Superintendent, or other appropriate persons on legal issues as they relate to the Technology Department • Facilitates a district wide committee including community members to provide ongoing dialogue and direction in the area of technologyPage 1 – Revised October 2009
    • Director of Desktop Services • Assists Director of Instructional Technology & Director of Curriculum and Instructional by answering hardware & software questions • Provides technical support for professional development • Provides technical support to ensure technologies are available and in working condition for everyday teaching and student useTechnicians • Providing campus technical support • Check work order system daily and prioritize support based on immediate student needDirector of Instructional Technology • Ensures Technology Application TEKS are implemented • Monitors the district technology professional development programs and provides direction and oversight in the development of any new or revised educational programs • Provides leadership for the assessment of current technology practices and makes recommendations to site administrators to improve educational technology programs • Collaborates with Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Curriculum and Instructional Technology Specialists to further the integration of technology into the curriculum and establish best practices to guide everyday teaching and lesson planningDirector of Curriculum & Instruction • Ensures content area TEKS, especially those that have embedded technology components, are implemented • Monitors the all professional development programs and provides direction and oversight in the development of any new or revised educational programs. • Collaborates with Director of Instructional Technology, Curriculum and Instructional Technology Specialists to further the integration of technology into the curriculum and establish best practices to guide everyday teaching and lesson planningInstructional Technology Specialists • Assists in developing the District Technology Plan • Works with Campus Technology Committees to assist them in developing their Campus Technology Plans • Investigates and disseminates information to principals and teachers on best practices for technology integration, sources of information on trends, research and applications related to technology use in the school program • Collaborates with Curriculum Specialists to implement district wide programs that integrate the use of technology into teaching and learning • Collaborates with Curriculum Specialists and Campus Instructional Technologists to plan and deliver professional development for teachers in curriculum and instructional technologies • Collaborates and plans with principals to fulfill campus instructional technology professional development needs • Facilitates and evaluates district-wide technology integration programs • Participates in the development of activities that help integrate technology into various curriculum areas at the local and state levelPage 2 – Revised October 2009
    • Curriculum Specialists • Serves as a liaison between district and campus • Collaborate with Instructional Technology Specialists to implement district wide programs that integrate the use of technology into teaching and learning. • Collaborates with Instructional Technology Specialists and Campus Instructional Technologists to plan and deliver professional development for teachers in curriculum and instructional technologiesCampus Instructional Technologists • Serves as a liaison between district and campus • Collaborates with Instructional Technology Specialists and Curriculum Specialists to plan and deliver professional development for teachers in curriculum and instructional technologies • Ensure district AUP polices are followed at the campus level • Stay abreast of latest educational technologies • Provide training to teachers in computer competencies that are aligned with SBEC teacher technology standards. • Provide training to teachers to ensure integration of student computer competencies as outlined by the state. • Provide professional development for teachers in the use of current technology to meet curriculum goals. • Provide modeling & co teaching of lessons effectively integrating technology • Provide cyber bullying training to all teachers and students at the campus levelPrincipals • Review and analyze AEIS Report, STaR Chart, Mock TAKS data, and CBA data • Ensure Campus Improvement Plan contains a technology component based on campus data • Make instructional decisions based on data reviewed and analyzed • Collaborate with Curriculum Specialists and Instructional Technology Specialists to plan professional development for teachers in curriculum and instructional technologies • Collaborate and plans with Campus Instructional Technologists to implement ongoing professional development, modeling, and co teaching for teachers in needed areas as demonstrated by data results • Monitor and assess that content area and TA TEKS are taught and mastered • Model technology use for educational purposes • Ensure Acceptable Use Policy is adhered to by campus students and staff • Keep abreast of latest research based educational technology trendsTeachers • Responsible for implementing the TA Technology Application TEKS • Responsible for implementing content area TEKS, especially those that have embedded technology components • Participate in technology professional development • Follow Acceptable Use PolicyPage 3 – Revised October 2009
    • • Teach students Acceptable Use Policy • Teach students how to be safe on the InternetStudents • Follow AUP policies • Follow appropriate netiquette • Master TA TEKS at their grade cluster (K-2) (3-5) or (6-8)The principal is the link that ties the district Technology Plan goals and the Campus TechnologyPlan goals. It is of upmost importance that the principal be a role model for all stakeholders,especially campus students and staff by using technology for daily operations, communication,data gathering, analyzing, identifying trends, teaching, and learning. It is the principal’s role tocollaborate with the Curriculum and Instructional Technology Specialists to assess campusprofessional development needs and develop a plan that aligns with district and campus goals.S/he must also work with the Campus Instructional Technologists to implement professionaldevelopment and ensure ongoing daily technology support is provided to teachers in thedelivery of instruction. The principal monitors and assesses mastery of the content area and TATEKS. As support for the teachers, the principal is also responsible for seeking and allocatingfunds for classroom technology needs. Lastly, the principal is responsible to ensure all studentsand staff members adhere to the district Acceptable Use Policy, copyright guidelines, andpractice safe and ethical Internet use.Professional Development PlanningProfessional development for teachers as well as administrators is needed in our district. Thelast three years of the STaR Chart indicated that we are at a developing level for both the areaof teaching and learning and the area of educator preparation and development.The data indicates that these two areas go hand in hand. I strongly believe that if we focus onhow we can provide effective professional development for teachers, the area of teaching andlearning will naturally improve as well. It would be beneficial for our district leaders and campusprincipals to participate in an online learning community on how to improve the area of Teachingand Learning. Discussing this area with an online learning community would be beneficial in thateducators from various school districts can share what they have implemented to assist them intheir quest for technology integration improvement. Leaders can then learn from each other toimplement a professional development plan that can improve their own confidence as well asteacher and student use of technology at their campus.Based on my review of the district Technology Plan, Campus Improvement Plan, and personalexperience with the current technology professional development, I have several professionaldevelopment activities to recommend. As stated in the Week 3 report I submitted, the districttechnology plan’s first three goals focus on instruction. The first goal of the Judson ISD2010-2013 Technology Plan states, “Ensure that all students and staff pursue mastery of clearlydefined technology skills for use in foundations, information acquisition, problem solving, andcommunication.” To ensure that this goal is accomplished, the district strongly encouragedteachers to attend proficiency training delivered by the CITs. This training focused on theteacher SBEC standards. About 90% of teachers in the district have achieved mastery of thesePage 4 – Revised October 2009
    • standards. I suggest that the principals collaborate with the Campus Instructional Technologiesto schedule and provide training and testing sessions for any educators on campus who havenot achieved mastery of these standards. The part of this goal that is in dire need ofimprovement is that the students demonstrate mastery of the Technology Applications TEKS. Atthe end of the school year, the district currently administers an end of year assessment to all 8thgrade students on the TA TEKS. Last year we had a 21% passing rate for all 8th graders in thedistrict. I recommend that all K-8 teachers and principals participate in a professionaldevelopment session in which they review the TA TEKS for the three grade level clusters (K-23-5, 6-8), take the 8th grade assessment to become familiar with the content, rigor, and format ofthe assessment, and collaborate with their grade level team, curriculum specialists, instructionaltechnology specialist, and Campus Instructional Technologists to develop a campus plan tointegrate the TA TEKS into daily instruction.The district’s second goal states, “Incorporate technology into teaching and learning in allcurriculum areas to enable students to effectively build content knowledge.” The district AEISreport indicates that math, specifically problem solving, is the weakest skill for our studentsacross the district. I recommend that the district Curriculum Specialists and InstructionalTechnology Specialists research strategies and lessons that integrate problem solving andtechnology. The Campus Instructional Technologists will assist in writing lessons and thenproviding ongoing professional development for teachers at the campus level. This professionaldevelopment would consist of training of the new technologies, modeling and co-teaching thelessons, and providing just-in-time educational and technical support. This ongoing supportwould also assist in fulfilling the district’s third goal:“Enhance learning and student achievementby using technology tools to deliver instruction.”Lastly, but most importantly, it is vital that principals participate in all of these professionaldevelopment activities with their teachers. As mentioned in the round table interviews with Dr.Abernathy, Dr. Jenkins, and Cindy Cummings, leaders must model and support teachers tolearn new research based technologies. Out of all the personnel/stakeholders, the principal isthe one that has the most influence on meaningful change at their campus. The principal is whatconnects district office goals and campus goals. S/he is the key to the success of the planning,implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of the goals.Professional Development Activities: • Implement an online learning community for district leaders and campus principals to provide them Educator Preparation and Development in the area of technology and give them strategies on how to improve the area of Teaching and Learning. These are both areas that are in need of improvement according to STaR Chart data and trends. • Schedule and provide training and testing sessions for all teachers who have not demonstrated proficiency on the SBEC technology standards • K-8 teachers and principals will participate in a professional development session in which they: o Review the TA TEKS for the three grade level clusters (K-2 3-5, 6-8)Page 5 – Revised October 2009
    • o Take the 8th grade assessment to become familiar with the content, rigor, and format of the assessment o Collaborate with their grade level team, Curriculum Specialists, Instructional Technology Specialists, and Campus Instructional Technologists to develop a campus plan to integrate the TA TEKS into daily instruction (especially math). • Campus principals will collaborate with district Curriculum Specialists, Instructional Technology Specialists to review data and plan professional development to meet specific campus needs in the area of curriculum and instructional technology. • Campus principals will collaborate with Campus Instructional Technologists to implement the professional development based on specific campus needs in the area of curriculum and instructional technology. Principals will also collaborate with them to find ways to bring technology into the classroom and not be dependent on the computer lab. Additionally, it will be the principal’s role to investigate and promote new ways to assess student mastery other than using a multiple choice test. S/he can work with district office specialists to create rubrics to assess project based learning. • Campus Instructional Technologists will provide ongoing professional development for teachers and principals at the campus level. This professional development would consist of training of the technologies needed, modeling and co-teaching the lessons, and providing just-in-time educational and technical support.Resources:Technology PlanCampus Improvement PlanSTaR Chart Results for last 3 yearsWeek 3 ReportEvaluation Planning for Action PlanIn order to measure the success of our Technology Action Plan, we must have an evaluationcomponent in place. The following is a list of how we will measure success of our plan:Evaluation Components: • To evaluate the success of the online learning community for district leaders and campus principals in the areas of Educator Preparation and Development and Teaching and Learning, we will use STaR Chart data results for next school year. We will examine and review the trends in the data. • To evaluate teachers’ proficiency on the SBEC technology standards, we have a district database that contains data on all professionals in the district. We will continuously monitor the database to ensure every teacher have achieved mastery. • To ensure K-8 teachers and principals participate in the following professional development session, we will have sign in sheets and provide make-up sessions for anyone who is not able to attend the first session. To assess principal leadership inPage 6 – Revised October 2009
    • promoting technology integration as well as teachers daily implementation of technology integration, the district leaders will conduct regular district walk-throughs at campuses. They will expect to observe technology integration and see student products that indicate project-based technology integration. Principals will also be required to conduct regular walk-throughs at their campus to assess technology integration. o Review the TA TEKS for the three grade level clusters (K-2 3-5, 6-8) o Take the 8th grade assessment to become familiar with the content, rigor, and format of the assessment o Collaborate with their grade level team, Curriculum Specialists, Instructional Technology Specialists, and Campus Instructional Technologists to develop a campus plan to integrate the TA TEKS into daily instruction (especially math). • District walk-throughs and student products will also assess whether campus principals have collaborated with district Curriculum Specialists, Instructional Technology Specialists, and Campus Instructional Technologists to review data, plan, and implement professional development to meet specific campus needs, find ways to bring technology into the classroom, and promote the creation of rubrics to assess project based learning. • The quality and effectiveness of ongoing professional development led by the Campus Instructional Technologists will be assessed through regular staff surveys, observation of daily integration of technology, and student products. • Overall success of the plan will be evaluated through the results of STaR Chart data, AEIS report (will expect increase in math scores), and Simple Assessment results (passing percentage of 8th grade TA TEKS proficiency should exceed the current 21% passing rate).Page 7 – Revised October 2009