A committee of administrators, teachers, students, parents and community members met to review data in order to construct a vision for the future and provide direction for the district. The committee reviewed local, state and national data, such as NCLB requirements, E‐rate requirements, Technology Applications curriculum, SBEC Standards for teachers, ISTE NETS standards and Texas Star Chart results to assist in the planning process.
The Irving ISD is committed to educational excellence and equity for all students in a multicultural and engaged learning environment.
Irving ISD Mission Statement
The Irving ISD, in partnership with families and the community, shall meet the educational needs of students by producing engaged learners who are critical thinkers, leaders, and contributors in a technological, diverse, and competitive 21st century world.
Board Goal #4
Require all professional staff to effectively facilitate teaching and learning by actively participating in high quality staff development and using a variety of technological resources to engage students so that all graduates can succeed in a 21st century environment.
Instruction must develop students’ higher order thinking skills, creativity and problem solving through the use of technology.
Continue to move toward its goal of a one‐to‐one environment for all students.
Provide more online learning opportunities for students.
Develop or purchase a software tool that assists students in developing four year plans in their programs of study, including technology courses.
Develop a variety of distance learning courses for students to continue their learning opportunities anytime, anywhere. Coordinate with higher education offerings.
Continue to provide laptops in a one‐to‐one environment for 9th – 12th graders to use at school and at home.
Expand the use of personal computing devices at middle and elementary schools.
Expand the use Inspired Classroom model at elementary and middle schools to provide for more engaged, group learning and flexible use of computers.
Teacher Preparation and Delivery of Instruction
The district needs to continue to move toward its goal of a one‐to‐one environment for all teachers.
The district needs to provide more online learning opportunities for teachers.
Continue curriculum development by designing differentiated, higher order instructional plans that integrate technology into the district curriculum.
Utilize technology to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of staff development and professional learning communities through shared environments (i.e Blackboard, wikis, online tools).
Create and maintain an online index of district endorsed technology resources to facilitate just‐in time learning that will increase integration of technology in instruction.
Increase the use of district‐endorsed 21st century learning tools during training that will help teachers integrate technology into instruction.
Provide staff development opportunities based on the NETS to integrate technology into content‐specific instruction resulting in higher levels of thinking.
Teacher Preparation and Delivery of Instruction cont.
Provide specialized training for campus Instructional Technology Specialists (ITSs) to prepare them to scaffold technology staff development based on the needs of their campus.
Create a platform or forum for periodically introducing, sharing and requesting pertinent instructional technology innovations between ITSs and staff leading to their dissemination at the campus level.
Provide training to all staff members for the transition to Office 2007.
Continue to develop video libraries and other digital models of best practices for others to view.
Model technology integration in all district and campus staff development sessions.
Expand technology integration into content area staff development opportunities for distributed learning.
Provide technology training to meet the needs of all teachers to effectively meet the needs of all students.
Continue to provide training in the use of web‐based data tools, analysis of data, and design of multiple and varied formative and summative assessments aligned with content and technology standards.
Teacher Preparation and Delivery of Instruction cont.
Increase awareness and use of available assistive technology resources through direct instruction during staff development.
Require all instructional staff, including teachers, administrators and coordinators to attend Levels of Technology Implementation (LoTI) training.
Require all instructional staff to develop learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources and promote student learning, creativity and innovation.
Dialogue and share best practices through the use of TechFusion 2.0 and professional learning communities.
Communicate and collaborate relevant learnings with peers using a variety of digital media and formats.
Instructional staff will facilitate lessons at LOTI level 3 and above.
Instructional staff will submit 1 TechFusion lesson per semester along with appropriate student products.
Increase student and teacher participation in Technology/Media Fair by 10% each year.
Administration/Data Managemen t/ Communication Processes
Implement PDAS and LOTI Walkthrough components across the district.
Increase online database usage by 10% annually.
Support online testing using technology.
Support assessments using hand‐held technology.
Support the use of online forms to track student data
Develop assessment to measure students’ technology proficiency.
Continue the use of Star Chart and LOTI walkthrough to assess teachers’ technology proficiency.
Provide specialized training to all appropriate campus leadership in the use of: GradeSpeed, Student Plus,Eduphoria/PDAS, D2SC, Outlook, Office, IISD website, TIP Web, TeleParent,AESOP, MUNIS, TREx and other online resources.
Provide specialized training to Central Administration Instructional Staff in the use of: NetTrekker, D2SC, Blackboard, Outlook, Office, Web 2.0 tools, and other online resources.
Provide specialized training to Central Administrative Staff in the use of: MUNIS, D2SC, Blackboard, Student Plus, Outlook, Office, and other applications.
Administration/Data Managemen t/ Communication Processes cont.
Continue to improve communication from Central Administration to schools and school to school through District Weekly, IISD website, automated phone calls, email, listservs, Twitter, district Cable Channel and video conferencing.
Increase communication from school to home through websites, email, newsletters, video conferencing, automated phone calls, and parent portal.
Increase communication from school to home through Irving.Net website and adult literacy classes.