All BISD schools are fully accredited by the Texas Education Agency
Goals, Strategies, and Objectives
Evaluation and Testimonials
Elements of the Plan:
The mission of the Beaumont Independent School District, as the unifying force of the community, is to guarantee that our graduates possess the necessary skills, values and knowledge to compete successfully as productive citizens in a diverse global society through an educational system characterized by the Optimum application of technology.
Technology Mission Statement:
Our STaR Chart data has not been trending upward towards target technology. We have maintained numbers in the developing technology range, but we need to provide better support to help our educators and administrators move from developing technology to advanced technology and target technology.
We need to provide more information/media literacy training for teachers and students.
We need a more structured approach to sharing out Internet Safety resources with staff, students, and parents.
We need to focus more on having administrators model the use of tools rather than just explaining what these tools can do.
In order to allow our students and teachers to maximize productivity we need to create an avenue for them to use personal devices safely on our network.
Goal #1: Facilitate the evaluation and management of technology initiatives, technology infrastructure, and technology staffing.
Goal#2: Improve student learning and achievement and teacher effectiveness through the seamless integration of technology.
Goal#3: Develop opportunities for community involvement in technology education and planning.
Objective#1: Design, install, and maintain the technology and telecommunications infrastructure at every campus to ensure equitable access for all students and staff.
Strategies: Continue to centralize campus server functions to improve support and efficiency of services.
Continue to virtualize servers in order to provide increased redundancy for server hardware.
Replace or reposition obsolete infrastructure devices on a refresh cycle to ensure the most reliable system possible.
Develop the capacity to move to an open source virtual desktop model for workstations.
Provide secure wireless access to the Internet for student/teacher owned devices at every campus
Professional Development Objectives and Strategies #1:
Professional Development Objectives and Strategies #2:
Objective#2: The district will strive to have 100% of students achieve academic success and technology proficiency.
Strategy: Provide lesson plans and supporting resources that integrate technology into the core subject areas.
Construct a Responsible Use Policy (RUP) to replace our existing Acceptable Use Policy (AUP).
Build the capacity to host digital portfolios for our students and create an avenue for them to take their portfolio with them when they leave the district.
Revise current Technology Applications course offerings and curriculum, guided by student and staff requests.
Utilize data collected from eight grade assessment to guide technology lesson plan development.
Professional Development Objectives and Strategies #3:
Objective#3: Make online courses, school information and academic resources available to the community 24/7.
Strategy: Enable the use of social networking tools (Facebook, and Twitter) as another form of distribution for news and accomplishments.
Create a website for Internet Safety Education.
Continue to maintain and update district, department, and campus web pages to ensure the most up to date information is always available to the community.
Continue to maintain an online portal for family access to Skyward student information.
100% of all parents will have access to college and career information through the career centers located at each high school.
Technology professional development
Technology course development to address different levels
Technology resources to support standards-based learning across the curriculum
Technology hardware and software
Standardize District Technology
Increase Access to Technology
Plan for the Future
Three Year Fiscal Plan Ideas
Add two new wireless mobile labs (four carts of 16 each) to the high school to take advantage of the existing infrastructure and increase student access to technology.
Add a wireless mobile lab to each of the middle schools to take advantage of the existing infrastructure and increase student access to technology.
Hire one full time district technology assistant in a quest to reach Dr. Thomas ’ ideal situation.
Allocate $30,000.00 for professional development.
Create a maintenance budget. This budget sets aside money for repairs and upgrades during the transitions. This fund also allows the district some maneuverability.
Year One 2011-2012
All elementary buildings will receive 30 desktop computers for their labs.
All elementary buildings will receive 10 desktop computers for their media centers.
Each elementary will receive presentation hardware for their lab.
Hire one full time and one part time technology assistant to meet Technology Directors needs.
Year Two 2012-2013:
Incorporate money to maintain all three hires, professional development, and maintenance.
Create a line item providing funds to market BISD ’ s technology successes and develop new ways to generate new funds. This money could be used to develop partnerships or possibly to promote a future technology millage.
Year Three 2013-2014:
2011-2012 Budget Total Budget $1,402,651.48
2012-2013 Budget: Total Budget $1,094,598.00
2013-2014 Budget: Total Budget $1,094,598.00
Evaluation of the district Technology Plan will be a systematic, ongoing process. Beaumont ISD's STaR Chart results for each teacher and each campus will be used to help the district assess its progress toward meeting the goals for the Long Range Plan for Technology. All aspects of the plan will be evaluated formally each year in May. The Technology Planning Committee, under the direction of the Director of Information Technology Services, will be responsible for the ongoing evaluation of this plan and will use the indicators given for each goal and objective. A report will be given to the Superintendent and the Board of Trustees after the formal evaluation occurs.
Integrating technology into curriculum and instruction
Surveys of the staff conducted yearly in regards to their implementation of technology and instructional strategies in the classroom
Teacher and campus STaR Chart data
Databases of lesson plans showing technology integration
Increasing the ability of teachers to teach
Records of the staff member participation in technology training monitored by sign-in sheets and professional development records
Integration of training into the classroom as measured by lesson plans and number and type of technology and distance learning projects
Numbers of technology tools available in the classroom
Currently the Career Technology Department has formal agreements with Lamar Institute of Technology, Lamar State College of Port Arthur, Lamar Orange, Houston Community College, Lee College, and Texas State Technical College.
Students also have an opportunity to enroll in technical courses at LIT in the Petrochemical Plant Processes and Health Science Technology programs.
Tech Prep and Articulation Agreements
The Beaumont Independent School District has a balanced K-12 Technology Applications curriculum, Including Computer Science, Desktop Publishing, Digital Graphics/Animation, Multimedia, Video Technology, Web Mastering and Independent Study at the high school level.
No Child Left Behind
Texas Long Range Plan for Technology
SBEC Standards for Technology
TEA (Texas Education Agency)
Core Curriculum of TEKS
Technology Application of TEKS
All BISD employees and administrators are committed and dedicated to reviewing and following the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)
“ All the students participate, even the students who are less likely to participate in a class discussion because of shyness. I ‘ ve seen a great increase in participation, engagement and excitement ”( Bordelon, 2009).
"Students learn visually; there are more visual learners than ever before. ” This is the way students learn. They are blitzed with technology ” (Vessel, 2009).
“ Today's students are technology-savvy, feel strongly about the positive uses of technology, and rely upon technology as an essential and preferred component of every aspect of their lives. “ With different expectations, these learners require a significant, immediate shift in teaching methodology ” (Kahan, 2009).
Technology can be a powerful bridge to higher reading achievement by engaging students in learning that is relevant and meaningful. iStation Reading allows educators to better meet the needs of students with diverse abilities by means of differentiated instruction and automated assessments. iStation is a valid and reliable early reading screener and progress monitor.
BISD Copyright Policy
Employees of the District shall comply with the provisions of the United States Copyright Law. Subject to certain specific exceptions, as stated below, the owner of a copyright has the exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute, perform, or display the copyrighted work, or to authorize such reproduction, distribution, performance, or display by others.
Access to the District's electronic communications system, including the Internet, shall also be made available to members of the public, in accordance with administrative regulations. Such use may be permitted so long as the use:
1. Imposes no tangible cost on the District; and
2. Does not unduly burden the District's computer or network resources.
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Thomas, Carroll. (2010, October). Districtwide Student Performance Improvement Plan. Improvement of student performance. Retrieved on May 10, 2011, from http://www.beaumont.k12.tx.us/Campus_Plans/2010-2011/District%20Edu%20Plan%202010-11.pdf
Guevara, Emily. (2009, January 9). SMART Boards, handheld remotes mark tech-savvy schools. The Beaumont Enterprise. Retrieved on May 10, 2011, from http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/article/SMART-Boards-handheld-remotes-mark-tech-savvy-702439.php