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  • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology LinkWeek 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 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 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 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 LinkThe 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 LinkWeek 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. Dr. Scott Barrett – Assistant Superintendent for Technology Amy Mayer, Coordinator for Instructional Technology Alicia Swedberg, Instructional Technology Campus Technology Leader Classroom TeachersPage 6 – Revised October 2009
  • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology LinkThe Assistant Superintendent of Technology is responsible for the district’s technologyand instructional needs in regards to integration of technology in the classroom. Theyare responsible for overseeing the district’s technology hardware and softwareapplications and ensure that all components align with the District Improvement Plan inregards to technology education and technology integration being met. This positionentails developing and overseeing the District Technology Budget and meets criteria inleadership, instructional, technical and professional development responsibilities for thedistrict.The Coordinator for Instructional Technology is responsible for developing andimplementing the district plan in regards to technology in the classrooms. They workwith administrators, teachers and staff and oversee instructional leaders to helpimplement the plan. Establish evaluation guidelines from technology data to helpachieve district technology plans.The Instructional Technology personnel assist with trainings and staff developments toincrease teacher skills and knowledge in the area of technology and how to seamlesslyintegrate it into their classrooms and daily routine. They model “best practices” withdistrict technology tools and Web 2.0 tools.The Campus Technology Leaders must be a model and support person on the campusfor the teachers and staff. They must continually implement technology tools and skillsthat the teachers can utilize in their classrooms. This individual is responsible forproviding and attending professional developments on new technology in the district.The classroom teachers must be made aware of the benefits and advantages ofintegrating technology into their daily routine with their students. They must beexpected to set goals to reach in regards to implementing technology into thecurriculum.The principal on the campus has the key role in making sure that the organizationalchart is being followed and that the information from the district level is being passeddown to the campus level. Allowing teachers access to online learning opportunitiesand professional developments pertaining to technology is vital. They must also be amodel to the teachers in utilizing and implementing technology into their role as well.Frequent walk-thrus to ensure that technology is taking place is another requirementthat administrators must focus on as well. Requiring the teachers to set goals andfollowing up on those goals is another way to monitor the use of technology on thecampus and hold the teachers accountable.Page 7 – Revised October 2009
  • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology LinkWeek 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.The district and campus improvement plans both revealed some technology needs such asincreasing the opportunities for students to access technology across their curriculum areas andmaking sure that the Technology Application TEKS are being addressed and met. The districtplan included utilizing technology as a way to provide for differentiated and individualizedinstruction in the classroom and the campus plan addresses using and increasing students’knowledge in the area of 2.0 Web tools. Both plans focused on professional development thatinvolved quality integration of technology and content area materials and included hands-ontraining for new technology hardware and software.Based on these technology plans and needs, I feel like professional development needs to bederived from a variety of sources. Looking at the campus STaR chart and determining whatareas the campus is weak in is one area to analyze. According to the previous three years’data, focusing on supporting the teachers with integrating technology into the curriculum is akey area to address. They have not increased over the past two years in this summary areaand key area three revealed similar findings. I would also suggest tapping into the technologyexperts on the campus and using data from their classes to support the integration oftechnology into the curriculum. Utilizing these teachers and asking them to share their lessonsinvolving technology, and then analyzing assessments where technology has been integratedversus no integration and applying that data to help drive their instruction would be verybeneficial. Teachers could set aside a conference period on a regular basis to develop and planspecific lessons that involve technology in the various content area. Allowing the teachers toblog or Skype other classrooms to assist them in obtaining the technology skills from the TargetTechs on their campus would be another way to build capacity and address professionaldevelopment among the staff.The administration must be modeling appropriate use of technology for their staff when leadingmeetings. This allows the teachers to see current technology put into practice as well ashelping to facilitate decision making in regards to the integration of technology in the classroom.Teachers must be allowed to begin using the technology at their fingertips, their cell phones forinstance, to address instruction. The continued use of websites such as polleverywhere.com isa great tool to engage the teachers in and show them how easy it is to integrate into their dailyroutine. Administration also needs to incorporate a new way to facilitate faculty meetings thatbecome more technology centered instead of the traditional face-to-face encounters. Askingthe teachers to participate in a book study or review an article on technology in schools wherethey blog or Skype grade level teams would be beneficial. This would allow them to collaborateon lesson ideas and technology integration along with expressing their views on the subject.Looking at professional development in a different light will allow the teachers to receive thatdifferentiated instruction that they too need in regards to their technology knowledge and skills.Page 8 – Revised October 2009
  • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology LinkWeek 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. Looking at the district and campus data from the STaR charts along with the AEISand AYP data are great places to start when analyzing the improvement plans inregards to technology. Verifying that the plans align to the state technology plans andusing this data to make adjustments and improvements is important. These tools areways to address that the technology action plan is being followed and changes arebeing made where applicable. Making sure that an evaluation component is embeddedin the plan is necessary to hold districts and campuses accountable to the expectationsbeing set. The technology action plan must focus on assessment because this gives thecampus a focus of where to go and what needs are to be addressed. When Ideveloped the power point for the Texas STaR chart, I set campus and teacher goals.The campus goals included making progress for the 2010-2011 year in all four keyareas and striving to achieve Advanced Tech and/or Target Tech in all four areas also.Teachers were also asked to set goals for themselves involving using technology. Theywere to pick two goals for themselves that they could begin implementing in theirclassrooms and then they were to choose one new website from our district Web 2.0tools to begin utilizing with their students as well. As an administrator it would thenbecome their job to follow up and provide support to the teachers in order to meet thosegoals for both the campus and the staff. Helping the teachers create a chart, utilizingtechnology, to track their progress would be a great way to start. Meeting with gradelevels or content areas and analyzing data from Speak Up and/or Project Tomorrow tosee where other teachers in the state and district are, and what the results from thesesurveys has revealed can help in designing how to evaluate where professionaldevelopment needs to be improved. Sending out a staff survey on googledocs toevaluate as a campus where the priorities are and gather and analyze the data wouldalso be a tool to utilize. This would allow a principal to see where individualized anddifferentiated professional developments needs to take place with the teachers.Continuing these types of surveys throughout the year as teachers utilize moretechnology and participate in trainings would also guide and provide data to use inPage 9 – Revised October 2009
  • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology Linkplanning and measuring the effectiveness of technology integration on the campus. One of the key stakeholders that must be part of the evaluation process planning isthe students themselves. Teachers and administrators need to talk to the students andfind out how they are using technology at home. It is important to talk to allstakeholders because many of our students are living in a digital environment at homebut when they come to school this is taken away from them. All stakeholders must bepart of the evaluation to guide our decision making in education. We must buildactivities into the action plan for our staff and students so that we can assess andmonitor their success or make necessary changes that need to occur. Developingassessments where students have utilized technology versus no technology andanalyzing this data will also guide our decision making in regards to our action plan.Also providing opportunities for our students to take part in campus surveys regardingtechnology can provide valuable feedback and data to administration. The ultimate goaland vision of the campus action plan should be to integrate teaching, learning andtechnology for all students. This can be accomplished with effective leadership,professional development and appropriate evaluation and assessment.Page 10 – Revised October 2009
  • EDLD 5352 Instructional Leadership: The Technology LinkWeek 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 11 – Revised October 2009