Policies & Regulations: Of TechnologyIn a Pre-Kindergarten School
INTRODUCTIONPolicies and regulations shape andguide everything within our societyand within our lives. . . . including pre-kindergarten education
Pre-K RegulationPre-K Schools face an array of state mandatedregulations and policies; and a number of othersthat are strongly suggested. These cover: • Licensure & Permitting • Teacher Credentialing • Safety • Student Density per Instructor • Health • Reporting • Record Keeping • Physical Facilities
Pre-K Technology Standards• Guidelines also extend to the technology used and taught in the Pre-K school environment. “Providing access to a variety of technologies is critical in the development of 21st century skills that young children need to learn and grow. “They develop techniques for handling and controlling various devices, becoming increasingly confident and independent users of age‐appropriate technologies.” TEA Revised Pre-Kindergarten Guidelines, 2008
Technological Protocol for Schools & Teachers• Schools should have and use a protocol of policies & regulations for guiding the use of technology for: Standards of use Professional ethics Copyright protection & fair use Utilization, application, & integration Distance delivery Internet use Reconsideration of challenged materials School library media programs
Technological Protocol (Continued)• These protocols ensure: a high level of professional ethics assure design, utilization, and implementation of new software and resource applications All meeting state policies and regulations within a Pre-K environment
Background Info About Forever Growing Pre-K School• Forever Growing Founded in 1990 in Alvin, Texas by Denise West Originally operated as an in-home daycare and after school program Curriculum designed to integrate academic skills as well as social interactions in children ages 2-5. Teaches academic and reading readiness through situational problem solving, phonological and phonemic awareness, and social dialogue.
Specific Area of Interest• School Code of Conduct• Stewardship Protocols for technology
AnAlysis of the school’s History & Growth• Embraced an optimistic vision • 1990 - Began with 5 students and and a determined outlook. grew to 12 students in just a• Experienced many challenges and couple of months. numerous triumphs. • 1991 - School overcrowding• Learned from the obstacles and caused children to be turned victories away.• Believe that the school can • 1994 - After-school program overcome any adversity in order abandoned order to better assist to achieve success the future progress of the school. • Currently – Supports a wonderful staff, a great facility and a prominent curriculum. Enrolls almost 100 full and part time students each year in their pre- kindergarten program.
Strength & Weakness Summary• Strengths – Strong management system – High quality curriculum – Effective teacher training and staff development• Weaknesses – Obtaining financial capital – Utilizing media instructional technology – Developing effective marketing materials
Responses & Results of the school’s current strAtegy• Largest challenge is obtaining the • In spite of everything, there is not financial capital which sufficient capital to acquire additional – Maintains the operations educational resources (technology – Supports the acquisition and implementation, training) implementation of resources • Additional resources are needed – Improves the educational quality of its – to support the school’s over-all efforts programs – to help students especially from lower• Addressing these challenges socio-economic family environments – Implements a mixture of initiatives to • These additional resources will be both raise funds and avoid costs. leveraged to overcome the – Obtains full and partial scholarships knowledge gap which many students from local businesses to help off-set tuition costs possess when they first enroll in – Receives assistance with fund raising Forever Growing. activities and donation matching from the community – Acquires one time financial gifts – Teachers have voluntarily given up their pay raises
The Specific ProblemEnsuring the Forever GrowingSchool has policies,regulations, and procedures inplace to:• Meet state compliance requirements• Meet professional ethics• Facilitate media utilization and diffusion of technology.
AlternativesHigher Quality Professional Development to provide the knowledge and skills necessary for professionals to do their job, particularly with new technologyCurriculum & Lesson Development meets the copyright and fair use guidelines, the standards for the use of instructional technology as well as the utilization, application, and integration of instructional technologyQuality Learning Environment a learning environment that consists of the materials, tools, resources, and organization needed by the curriculum and lesson to ensure higher academic success
Recommendations for Future StrategiesImplement all of the alternatives noted. Thisprovides: Flexibility for adapting to future technology diffusion within the school A stronger base for ethical performance and conduct
How Alternatives & Recommendations Relate to AECT StandardsAECT 3.4.1 The design, adoption, utilization and implementation process complies with the standards for using instructional technology.AECT 3.4.2 The Code of Conduct currently used by Forever Growing as well as the rewritten code directly addresses this standard.AECT 3.4.3 Forever Growing’s Code of Conduct within the learning environment alternative includes the procedures and professional behaviors guiding behaviors with copyright and fair use policy.AECT 3.4.4 The professional development alternative and the learning environment alternative directly address this standard.AECT 3.4.5 Forever Growing does not use distance delivery technologies. Therefore, this standard would not be applicable.AECT 3.4.7 Forever Growing does not have a school library media program. Therefore, this standard would not be applicable.AECT 3.4.8 Forever Growing’s Code of Conduct includes an internet acceptable use policy for both the teachers and the students in order to maintain a safe and secure learning environment.AECT 3.4.10 Forever Growing does not have any challenged materials or a local school district. Therefore, this standard would not be applicable. AECT 3.4.6 & 3.4.9 were not noted in the rubric
Conclusion• Compliance requirements for Pre-K programs does not cause an extensive or complex problem for the Forever Growing School.• The existing compliance structure within the school already meets most of these requirements.• Adopting the alternatives and recommendations will further assist the school in preparing for the technology rich future.