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  1. 1. Stanly County Schools’ Strategic Technology Plan Developed By Stanly County Schools Technology Department With Guidance from the Stanly County Schools’ Technology & Media Steering Committee November 1, 2008
  2. 2. Necessary Components for the LEA Technology Plans North Carolina G. S. § Article 8, Part 3A 115c-102.6A-C(16). In order for local education agencies to meet requirements as set forth in North Carolina General Statute § Article 8, Part 3A 115c-102.6C-A, each section of the plan must include at least one strategy or objective that addresses the following: NC public schools will produce globally competitive students. 1. Mathematics/reading scores improvement 2. Classroom use of student resources 3. IMPACT model implementation 4. Computer Skills Test score improvement 5. Computer Skills Curriculum implementation 6. Information Skills Curriculum implementation 7. Technology integration across the curriculum 8. Student distance learning opportunities 9. Assistive technology availability 10. Global Exchange 11. Support for Early College/Learn and Earn (or similar) programs NC public schools will be led by 21st Century professionals. 1. Teacher/staff skills assessment 2. Diverse training resources (local and online including DPI resources) 3. Follow-up support 4. Local certification and professional development requirements 5. Ethical and professional standards 6. Evaluation of training 7. Readiness of an educator to design, implement, and discuss assessment strategies is referred to as "assessment literacy." 8. Global awareness training* *Global Awareness: The recognition and understanding of interrelationships among international organizations, nation-states, public and private economic entities, socio-cultural groups, and individuals across the globe. NC public school students will be healthy and responsible. 1. School campus security (video, alarms, metal detectors, etc.) 2. School bus security (video, radios, cell phones, etc.) 3. Student and Staff ID systems 4. Student Information/Tracking Systems (SIMS/NCWISE, nutrition, etc.) 5. Internet and email filtering/security 6. Classroom telephone systems and other communications devices 7. Website use (district, school and classroom) Flexible access to resources 8. Equitable access to resources Stanly County Schools Strategic Technology Plan 2
  3. 3. 9. Ethical and personal responsibility 10. Policy and procedures to address global, ethical and responsible use 11. Technology used to educate, monitor and maintain healthy student lifestyles Leadership will guide innovation in NC public schools. 1. Leadership enabling Teaching and learning collaborative projects 2. MTAC 3. Leadership communication tools and venues 4. Leadership created professional growth opportunities 5. Partnerships 6. Process for addressing ongoing change NC public schools will be governed and supported by 21st Century systems. 1. Policy 2. Budget 3. Personnel 4. Security 5. Administrative Applications 6. Hardware 7. Infrastructure-School Local Area Networks and District Wide Area Networks 8. Communication and collaboration tools (email, Web 2.0, file management) for clientele Stanly County Schools Strategic Technology Plan 3
  4. 4. Public Schools of North Carolina North Carolina Instructional Technology Plan State Board of Education Department of Public Instruction Howard Lee, Chairman June Atkinson, State Superintendent REQUIRED SUBSTANTIVE COMPONENTS OF THE LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY PLAN The local school board has actively involved key stakeholders in the development of a district-wide four-year technology plan that includes the following key components: • a vision statement consistent with the North Carolina Instructional Technology Plan that reflects the unique qualities and strategic priorities of your local school system; • the identification of the current situation, goals, objectives and evaluation of the core instructional and administrative components of a technology program that address the five strategic priorities of the Future Ready Students:  Globally competitive students  21st Century professionals  Healthy and responsible students  Leadership for innovation  21st Century Systems; • a staff development and training component that reflects a budget of 20 to 30 % of the total cost of the technology program; and • an infrastructure/connectivity component that meets North Carolina Information Technology Services standards to assure compatibility, connectivity, and cost- effectiveness. LEA Name: Stanly County Schools LEA Number: 840 Signature: Superintendent Local Board Chair Person of Contact: Brandon DeLeeuw Telephone number: 704.983.5151 Stanly County Schools Strategic Technology Plan 4
  5. 5. Instructional Technology Division Technology Planning and Support NCDPI Stanly County Schools Strategic Technology Plan 5
  6. 6. Technology Committee Members All committee members have been involved in the development of this plan and support its implementation. Name Title or Group Represented Signature Date Dr. Terry Griffin Asst Super- Curriculum & Support Todd Thorpe Personnel & Student Services William Josey Dir. Finance & Auxiliary Services Brandon DeLeeuw Chief Technology Officer Leigh Hayes Dir. Exceptional Children Shannon Batchelor Dir. 9-12 Ed & CTE Saundra Huneycutt Dir. PreK-8 Ed Truett Preslar Dir. Testing Alison Francis Dir. Child Nutrition Jim Trull Dir. Transportation Todd Bowers Dir. Maintenance Owen Squires Dir. Information Technologies Nancy Hatley Coordinator, NC Wise & Student Services Kim Scott Director of Student Services Madeline Russell Technology Facilitator Stanly County Schools Strategic Technology Plan 6
  7. 7. VISION Per the Stanly County Schools’ Strategic Plan for Excellence, the vision for Stanly County Schools is to “be a world-class system of excellence, ensuring success for every student while improving the quality of life for our community in an ever-changing world.” To lead us toward our mission, our schools and community share the following beliefs: • It is the responsibility of Stanly County Schools to provide a rigorous, demanding, quality program for ALL students, without regard to race, color, origin, gender, age, handicapping condition or geographic location in the district. • ALL students, staff, and stakeholders should be treated fairly, with dignity and mutual respect, in a safe, nurturing, clean and healthy environment. • High academic and behavioral expectations should be clearly communicated to all students, and they should be held responsible for attaining them. • Positive external and internal communication is the key to performance excellence. • Learning is an exciting relevant life-long process that extends beyond classroom walls. • All CHILDREN CAN LEARN if they are actively engaged and given a variety of educational experiences that recognize individual learning styles and developmental needs. • Student-centered instructional practices should drive a core curriculum that is clearly articulated and consistent across and between grade levels. • Visionary, capable leadership at all levels in the school system is necessary to sustain high performance and engage all stakeholders. • Employee success depends on having adequate training, positive attitude, sufficient materials, time and continuous support. • Education of students is most successful when it involves the school, home, and community. • All community members should have access to information about the school system and the opportunity to be involved in student learning. Technology exists in Stanly County Schools to assist in the implementation of this vision, and to support these beliefs. The Stanly County School System embraces the digital era and strives to provide ubiquitous access to technology for all of its students. Realizing that the population of the district is composed of students from many different socio- economic backgrounds, the district strives to bridge the digital divide. To this end, district technology personnel foresees the day when anywhere, anyplace computing is the norm in Stanly County Schools, with sufficient bandwidth and storage to facilitate this environment. Furthermore, the district strives to move toward a constructivist view of instructional technology, where the integration of technology in the day of a student’s life is seamless. All Stanly County Schools administrators, teachers, district and school staff will use technology to help students attain high standards and prepare for the world of tomorrow, whether that includes further education, work, or both. Stanly County Schools Strategic Technology Plan 7
  8. 8. NC public schools will produce globally competitive students. Current Situation Narrative Technology is a living organism. It is constantly moving and growing with tremendous changes occurring over short periods of time. According to the North Carolina Educational Technolgy Plan, 2005-2009, “Technology is a tool that enables teachers and administrators to work more productively, offering solutions for time management, student monitoring and intervention, and interesting and effective lessons and classroom activities.” Our focus then seemed to be that technology should be a tool that allowed teachers and administrators to be more productive and effective in their endeavors. In the North Carolina Educational Technology Plan, 2007-2009, the focus has been revised to reflect that we also "must address the areas of digital literacy, inventive thinking, effective communication" as well as high productivity. In Stanly County Schools, instruction is the core component of the school system. To that end, the SCS Technology Department provides leadership and support for the curriculum and resources for technology integration. This is also evident in the district’s Strategic Plan. School technology plans are incorporated into the school improvement plans and require schools to focus on student achievement through the integration of technology and the curriculum. As stated in the North Carolina Educational Technology Plan, 2005-2009, "White, Rinstaff, and Kelley (2002) find that integrating technology within the curricular framework increases student achievement." Specialized software, technology tools, computer simulations, constructivist learning, inquiry project-based learning activities, online research, synchronous and asynchronous distance learning, and Internet-based courses are methods used to support student achievement. Teachers, administrators, and other Stanly County Schools personnel strive to integrate cooperative learning, digital literacy, core academic literacy, creativity, higher order thinking, and personal and social responsibility into each learning experience—all skills that reflect an environment that requires information and technology literacy as a foundation for all curriculum initiatives. The continuous changes in the types of available technology and the variety of uses has made the need for preparing our students to live in a global economy so much more critical than it has been in previous years. Teachers use a variety of software and resources for tracking student performance and analyzing data to modify instruction. The district believes and supports wholly the ability for teachers to benchmark student achievement; to this end, the district employs CastleLearning as a formative assessment tool for K-5, K-8, and middle schools. In Stanly County’s secondary schools, the district employees OdysseyWare for both summative and formative assessments, as well as credit recovery. Orchard, Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, Star Reading, Star Math, SASinSchools, and various SAT preparation titles provide differentiation and diversity for core academic literacy and individualized instruction. Other software, such as Inspiration, Kidspiration, OpenMind, AppleWorks, Apple iLife and iWork, and Microsoft Office are used for instruction and Stanly County Schools Strategic Technology Plan 8
  9. 9. production in the teaching and learning environment. Web-based curriculum aligned resources from LEARN NC and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, such as NC WiseOwl, Kaleidoscope, and SASinSchool, are used by teachers and students. Beginning with the 2002-2003 school year and as a result of Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT), Stanly County Schools has been able to provide additional classroom resources to TITLE I grades 2 – 5 classrooms, including additional computers, digital cameras, digital video cameras, and projectors. Teachers in these classrooms have also been provided high-quality professional development intended to make the integration of this equipment into their curricular areas seamless. As of the 2007-2008 academic year, the EETT grant has been used to provide an eLearning product, StudyWiz. This product is primarily being used in classrooms where there is a higher percentage of student-to-computer ratio. As StudyWiz is integrated into the classroom setting, students are better able to understand how businesses can use technology to collaborate across the continents, thus enhancing their global awareness. Administrators continue to use technology to analyze student performance as it applies to the ABCs of Public Education and communicate with stakeholders—teachers, students, and parents. Using ABC Tools and North Carolina Window of Information on Student Education (NC WISE), as well as CastleLearning's formative assessment results, data is analyzed to determine students’ needs and areas for focused instruction at the school and classroom level. Principals are beginning to use this data imported into Excel to pinpoint specific goals and strategies for individualized learning. Because of the availability of NC WISE, a student’s performance, attendance, and discipline records can be accessed almost instantly by administrators and teachers. Administrators in Stanly County are also beginning to use the Education Value Added Assessment System (EVAAS), a customized software from SAS to answer the questions of how effective our schools and classrooms are. Similarly, school administrators are being trained to use and implement a Palm OS-based walkthrough product, TeachScape. Stanly County Schools is also using the Comprehensive Exceptional Children’s Accountability System (CECAS) to maintain special education data to generate funding headcounts. As a result, assistive technology programs are in place, such as text readers, text magnifiers, voice recognition software, CCTV, braillers, and various other hardware peripherals. Classroom Manager (CMS 95) is still being used in order to manage DPI-provided test banks. Teachers also use technology in record keeping, managing resources, planning, communicating, and assessing student progress. The NC Test of Computer Skills is administered to all eighth grade students to assess technology literacy. The NC Test of Computer Skills is a graduation requirement and a component of the NC ABCs. The North Carolina Standard Course of Study Computer Skills and Information Skills Curriculums prepare students to be successful on the NC Test of Computer Skills administered to eighth grade students. Integrated lesson plans and professional development for teachers are provided to students and teachers. If the student is not successful, then remediation is provided until the student passes the test. Stanly County Schools Strategic Technology Plan 9
  10. 10. The Career & Technical Education (CTE) classrooms are using technology on various fronts. As far as technology used for instruction of students, CTE faculty members are constantly looking for new programs, technology pieces and innovative ideas. Many of the CTE classrooms (beyond the traditional lab-based classes) have access to multiple computers with Internet access. In addition, electronically enabled presentation boards are being used in many classrooms. Technology is presented to students through industry-standard programs such as AutoCad, Revit, and Microsoft applications when applicable. The CTE Director is currently working on piloting certain modifications for students using technology. Through the use of the Audacity and Windows Media Player programs, read-aloud modifications for a variety of students are being presented on a “test” basis. During the second semester of the 08-09 academic year, plans have been made to expand this program. Also, the addition of CTE test-item banks for the CastleLearning software license is being considered. With this project, the web-based CastleLearning would contain CTE curriculum questions when Stanly County logged onto the program. This year students have taken on many community projects using technology. CTE students have designed the Stanly County Schools' graduation project logo, the NC Region 6 School Board menu cards, and they are currently working on designing a presentation for JobLink of Stanly County to use to recruit businesses. . While Stanly County Schools has made some success in moving toward flexible scheduling for media centers/media coordinators and computer labs/technology facilitators, most of the districts’ schools use the traditional fixed scheduling approach. IMPACT: Guidelines for North Carolina Media and Technology Programs (IMPACT) provides standards based on current research to develop quality media and instructional technology programs. The IMPACT model defines flexible access as “the ability of any student, teacher, or staff member to access the school library media center and the computer lab and their resources when needed.” Flexible scheduling is the ability for teachers to schedule media resources as needed. Because of fixed schedules and time constraints, total collaboration between media coordinators, technology facilitators, and other teachers is not achieved at most K-5, K-8, and middle schools in Stanly County. Our 21st century facilitators, formerly technology facilitators are 90% flexible scheduling. However, due to funding implications, the district's media centers are still, by and large, run on a fixed schedule. Much professional development has been done with administrators, 21st century facilitators, media coordinators and teachers to help move with IMPACT guidelines and suggestions. According to the AMTR for 2007-2008, Stanly County Schools has a total of 4540 computers, of which 4010 are designated for student and teacher use. Of the 4540, 4462 (OR 98.3 %) are connected to the Internet. Currently, all classrooms have network and Internet access. Existing mobile units have Internet access utilizing both wired and wireless connections. Many of the mobile units in the district’s four traditional high schools utilize encrypted 802.11b wireless connections. Clearly, as the district moves to a network-centric model, these connections will need to be upgraded or replaced. Stanly County Schools Strategic Technology Plan 10
  11. 11. For the 2008-2009 academic year, at least one modern desktop computer is available in every classroom. However, there is not a Total Cost of Ownership program in place to ensure that a modern computer will continue to be available in each classroom. Funding and budget prohibit the recurring funds to replace technology, and, therefore, today’s modern computers will be legacy computers within the next two years. In the 2003/2004 academic year, Stanly County began putting distance learning labs in its four high schools. Each lab has three large-screen monitors, at least fifteen student workstations, one teacher workstation, and the ability to broadcast to any combination of high schools in the district. A Multi-Conference Unit purchased jointly by the district, Stanly Community College (SCC), and the city of Albemarle affords all three entities the ability to connect and broadcast to each other. Currently, SCC broadcasts multiple classes to high school students each semester. As the need for higher-level and challenging course offerings increases, Stanly County’s high schools can partner with the community college system to investigate the feasibility for dual enrollments and diverse learning opportunities. Internet-based courses provided through LEARN NC are also available and utilized. Student achievement in Stanly County is directly supported and enhanced by access to technology in classrooms and media centers. The district has made an effort to enrich teaching and learning and to engage the learner for optimal student achievement with the use of technology. Assistive technology devices are provided for students who have special needs. Automated media centers afford access to resources for all learning experiences and opportunities. Individual schools have available a variety of digital resources: • Desktop and laptop computers • Digital still cameras • Digital video cameras • Scanners • DVD players • CD/DVD burners • USB Flash memory drives • LCD projectors • Scan Converters • Global Positioning Devices (GPS) • Microphones • Digital audio/video editing • Graphing calculators • Digital microscopes • iPods • Interactive White Boards • Interactive Slates and Tablets Stanly County Schools Strategic Technology Plan 11
  12. 12. These resources, and others, encourage the use of inquiry-based and active learning. Students create and produce as they learn and are engaged in their work, try out new ideas, and gain understanding by constructing their knowledge. Technology enables our students to work individually, in small and large groups to access information, and create products to prepare them for success in a global economy. Stanly County Schools Strategic Technology Plan 12
  13. 13. NC public schools will produce globally competitive students. Strategic Technology Plan Include at least one strategy or objective that includes the following: 1. Mathematics/reading scores improvement 7. Technology integration across the curriculum 2. Classroom use of student resources 8. Student distance learning opportunities 3. IMPACT model implementation 9. Assistive technology availability 4. Computer Skills Test score improvement 10. Global Exchange 5. Computer Skills Curriculum implementation 11. Support for Early College (or similar) programs 6. Information Skills Curriculum implementation Strategy Resources Needed Person(s) Budget Funding Sources Time-line Method of Evaluation (Human & Responsible Needs (Proposed Material) Beginning & Ending dates) 1.1 School Associate Local, state, Beginning Teacher observation, teacher Provide and Administrators, 21st Superintendent, Chief federal August 2009 generated quizzes and tests support Century Skills Technology Officer, Analysis of EOG and EOC test technology tools Facilitators, Media Elementary/Middle Ending scores, CastleLearning usage to help district Coordinators, School Education, High May 2013 report, OdysseyWare usage and school Classroom School Education, report, ABCTools update data, administrators Teachers, Testing test scores showing some and classroom CastleLearning, schools showed improvement teachers make OdysseyWare, and others did not, data informed ABCTools, NC examples are on file showing decisions based WISE growth on up-to-date data to improve math and reading scores Stanly County Schools Strategic Technology Plan 13
  14. 14. 21st Century Skills 1.2 Facilitators, Media Provide ample Coordinators, STNA, School Improvement opportunities for classroom teachers, Associate $3200 per Plan monitoring check sheet, Beginning teachers and 21st century Superintendent, CTO, school SD evaluations, AMTR August 2009 students to technology tools, Elementary/Middle Local, state, summary, ABC Report Card, effectively use online databases, School Education, High $500 per federal, other ratio of computer to Ending 21st century instructional School Education, school in teachers/students, bandwidth, May 2013 tools to address software, school administrators kind Internet connections, number of and learn 21st professional ActivBoards, walkthroughs century skills development 1.3 Elementary and middle schools Focus group meetings move from fixed School Associate Beginning (principals), media and administrators, 21st Superintendent, CTO, $6000 August 2009 observation/walkthrough data, technology Century Skills Elementary/Middle Local, state, spreadsheet of partial/flex scheduling to Facilitators, Media School Education, High federal, other $4500 in kind Ending scheduling, meeting agendas, flexible Coordinators, School Education, May 2013 21st Century Skills Facilitators' scheduling per classroom teachers school administrators schedules IMPACT recommendation s 1.4, 1.5, 1.7 21st Century Skills Associate $8000 State Beginning Roll sheets of training, log Classroom Facilitators, Superintendent, CTO, August 2009 sheet of planning, examples of teachers will classroom teachers, Elementary/Middle $3400 in kind integrated lessons (student integrate computer skills School Education, High Ending work), website showcasing technology into resources for School Education, May 2013 work, focus group meetings their curricular classroom teachers, school administrators area, based upon professional Stanly County Schools Strategic Technology Plan 14
  15. 15. the North Carolina computer skills development standard course of study Media Coordinator surveys, 1.6 Associate Beginning evidence (lesson plans), letter Media Information Skills Superintendent, CTO, August 2009 from Director of Elementary Coordinators curriculum, Media school administrator, N/A N/A Education and Media stating will deliver the Center technology, Media Coordinators, Ending what percentage of schools are Information Media Coordinators Director of Elementary May 2013 delivering the Info Skills Skills curriculum Education and Media curriculum 1.8 Tandberg Video Associate $15,000 per Local, state, Beginning Maintain and Conferencing Superintendent, Chief classroom federal August 2009 Class schedule, class surveys, enhance existing Environment - Technology Officer, purchase orders distance learning Class instructors Elementary/Middle Ending opportunities to and/or classroom School Education, High May 2013 allow K-8 monitors for classes School Education schools access to national, state, and local video- conferencing resources 1.9 Assistive EC Department, School $15,500 State Beginning Assistive Technology Provide assistive Technology IEP teams, CTO August 2009 inventories, invoices, EC technology Director acknowledging needs hardware and Ending have been met software as May 2013 needed Stanly County Schools Strategic Technology Plan 15
  16. 16. 1.10 District-provided Associate N/A State and local Beginning Provide student email Superintendent, CTO, August 2009 SharpSchool management resources to platform, Internet- Elementary/Middle reports allow monitored based messaging School Education, High Ending email system School Education, IT May 2013 communications Director both within the school district and externally 1.11.1 Provide support Beginning for existing CTO, computer Computers, August 2009 technology and technicians, Early ActivBoards, as funded State and local Invoices, work orders provide College Dean of support technicians Ending additional Instruction May 2013 equipment as funded 21st Century Skills 1.11.2 Associate Beginning Facilitator, training Provide Superintendent, CTO, August 2009 materials, Instructional Early College Dean of as funded State and local Schedules, Training rosters Contracted Technology Instruction, High School Ending professional support Education May 2013 development *Most of the examples in this document are general in nature, it would be expected that more specific information be included in a district or school technology plan. Strategies should begin with verbs and objectives should be measurable. **Items in italics are only examples and should be removed from your chart. Stanly County Schools Strategic Technology Plan 16
  17. 17. NC public schools will be led by 21st Century professionals. Current Situation Narrative Stanly County Schools has a rich heritage of providing high quality technology-related professional development. In the past, federal funding (TLCF and EETT grants) has allowed the district to provide training in technology integration that could not have been offered otherwise. 21st Century Technology Skills Facilitators and Media Coordinators offer scheduled professional development on a monthly or weekly basis. “Just In Time” training happens virtually on a daily basis. Unfortunately, most scheduled professional development is offered after school. The transition to IMPACT best practices for scheduling media and technology personnel is alleviating this problem. Over the past several years, school- and district office-based personnel have delivered high-quality professional development relating to IMPACT best practices. Professional development sessions highlighting Kaleidoscope, NC WISE OWL, SASinSchools, maximizing student achievement with technology based on Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT) research, classroom webpage construction, digital storytelling and documentary making are some of the opportunities designed to ensure the participants go away with clear notions of how to integrate the skills they learned into their classrooms. Most sessions are based on helping the teacher integrate project-based learning into his/her classroom. Teachers are appreciative of having the opportunity to learn things they can immediately apply when they return to their classrooms, as well as earning the two technology-related Continuing Education Units (CEUs) that Stanly County requires during the five-year renewal cycle for licensed employees. To effectively use technology, users must have training. Unfortunately, with meager levels of funding from local, state and federal sources, it is difficult to justify spending 20-30% of annual funds for professional development, as is recommended by NC DPI. Stanly County Schools’ technology professional development expenditures over the last five years have ranged from 8% to 14%, not including in-kind sources. With in-kind professional development from employees, the percentage ranges from 18% to 24%. The district is also examining partnerships with Stanly Community College to assist in delivering high-quality technology-related professional development. Stanly County employees rely heavily on internet- and intranet-based resources as a means of communication and support. Stanly County was the second school district in the state to provide a district website. Now, each school has its own web page, which is updated by school personnel. Most classroom teachers also have classroom web pages, hosted on SharpSchool, the district-provided website hosting service. Each Stanly County Schools employee whose day-to-day activities include working with students has a district-provided email account. The district’s email solution, FirstClass by OpenText, goes far beyond the capabilities of a POP3 or IMAP email server. It provides calendaring functionality for employees and assets, instant messaging, and email conferencing for collaboration. Email is used instructionally and administratively, and is an effective source of communication in Stanly County Schools. Faculty and staff members with email accounts can choose to access their own accounts via the FirstClass email client, loaded on all district computers, or through the World Wide Web using the web client
  18. 18. interface. Stanly County Schools was in WAVE I of NC WISE implementation; teachers are expected to use NC WISE for grade book functions and for keeping attendance. Other employees, such as school administrators, directors, and school nurses are also expected to use NC WISE to support their day-to-day job functions. Administrators and central office employees also utilize ABCTools, EVAAS, CECAS and USDDC. Stanly County Schools are aware that for students to be global citizens they need to learn to appropriately use electronic mail and use it effectively. Accounts for students in grades 8-12 are supplied by SharpSchool but have not been integrated fully in the schools throughout the district. Stanly County subscribes to web-based database resources from Thomson-Gale (Discovering Collection and Junior Reference Collection). Teachers rely heavily on these classroom resources, as do students. Teachers and students also utilize NC WISE OWL resources, ie. Kaleidoscope, Grolier encyclopedias, Cumbre, Citation Maker, eBistro and SASinSchool. Stanly County has invested time and personnel to ensure that our administrators, teachers, and students are aware of the skills that will be necessary to experience success in a global economy. Our 21st Century Skills Technology Facilitators and administrators received intensive Web 2.0 training from our NC Teachers on Loan program and from David Warlick, a noted authority on 21st century skills, during the 2006-2007 school year. During the 2008-2009 school year, professional development sessions were offered for OnFizz through the NCSU Friday Institute. Stanly County Schools continues to look for ways to keep the need for global awareness before all stakeholders. According to the North Carolina Educational Plan, 2005-2009, the following is the recommended minimum number of Technology Support Personnel for each Local Education Agency (LEA): • One Technology Director or Chief Technology Officer • One Technology Coordinator for each 10 schools • One Technology Facilitator per school, per thousand students • One Technology Assistant per school, per thousand students • One Technician I, II, or III for every 400 computers. At least one of the Technicians be a Technician III. • One WAN Engineer per LEA (LEAs without a WAN should have one LAN Engineer)
  19. 19. From the North Carolina State Technology Plan 2002, the recommendations for personnel are listed below: Average Daily Membership Recommended minimum staffing for each school based on ADM 1-500 • 1 full-time library media coordinator • 1 full-time technology facilitator (school must have at least 50 networked computers). • 1 half-time library media assistant • 1 half-time technology assistant 501-1000 • 1 full-time library media coordinator • 1 full-time technology facilitator (school must have at least 50 networked computers). • 1 full-time media assistant • 1 full-time technology assistant. 1001-1500 • 2 full-time library media coordinators • 2 full-time technology facilitators • 1.5 full-time media assistants • 1.5 full-time technology assistants Based on recommendations for media and technology positions, the following chart compares the state minimum recommendations with existing Stanly County Schools’ personnel. Position State Recommended Stanly County Minimum Chief Technology Officer 1 1 Media Coordinator 23 22 Media Assistants 15 4 NCWise Coordinator 2 1 Technology Facilitator 23 13 Technology Assistant 15.5 4 Technician (I, II, III) 7 3.5 LAN engineer 1 1 WAN Engineer 1 1 NC WISE assistant 1 Help Desk Coordinator 1 TOTAL 88.5 52.5 (59%)
  20. 20. NC public schools will be led by 21st Century professionals. Strategic Technology Plan Include at least one strategy or objective that includes the following: 1. Teacher/staff skills assessment 5. Ethical and professional standards 2. Diverse training resources (local and online including 6. Evaluation of training DPI resources) 7. Readiness of an educator to design, implement, and 3. Follow-up support discuss assessment strategies ("assessment literacy.") 4. Local certification and professional development 8. ***Global awareness training requirements Strategy Resources Needed Person(s) Budget Needs Funding Sources Time-line Method of (Human & Responsible (Proposed Evaluation Material) Beginning & Ending dates) 2.1 Rosters, Training Provide ACOT-based CTO $11,900 for two State, federal Beginning evaluations, professional professional sessions, including (EETT). August, 2009 Professional development to development, substitute costs development help teachers hardware, software, Ending calendar, agendas, integrate peripherals, Internet May, 2013 sample of teacher technology into access products their curricular areas 2.2 Professional CTO, Staff $5200 State, Federal Beginning Rosters when 21st Century development, train- Development August 2009 applicable, log sheet Skills Facilitators the-trainer training, Coordinator of planning, and Media NC Wise Owl, NC examples of Coordinators will Learn Ending integrated lessons receive sufficient May 2013 (student work), training in areas registrations for to be online workshops or
  21. 21. instructional classes, focus group resources for meetings teachers 2.3 Collaboration time, CTO, Staff N/A N/A Beginning Surveys of The district existing email Development August 2009 individuals instructional conferencing Coordinator completing technology software, Internet- technology-related department with based Ending professional assistance from communication May 2013 development, verbal/ the district staff system (Skype) email confirmation development from 21st Century coordinator will Skills Facilitators develop a follow- up system for technology- related professional development 2.4 Professional CTO, Executive N/A N/A Beginning Renewal credit Stanly County development, HRMS Director of August 2009 reports, letter from Board of system Personnel and personnel stating 2.0 Education will Student Services, Ending CEUs are required require at least Staff Development May 2013 and that they have a 2.0 CEUs of Coordinator method of collecting technology- credits earned related professional development during the normal five-year renewal cycle for certified employees
  22. 22. 2.5 100% of staff Signed AUPs, Professional members will Beginning calendars of development at staff CTO, Executive understand and August 2009 presentations for meetings, web page Director of abide by the SCS N/A N/A ILTs, mandatory which highlights Personnel and Telecommunicati Ending presentation given to policy and Student Services ons Acceptable May 2013 all teachers at the repercussions Use Policy, beginning of the year Policy 3195 2.6 Individuals Beginning providing Web-based August 2009 professional professional development will CTO N/A N/A Evaluation reports development receive timely evaluation Ending appropriate May 2013 evaluations of training sessions 2.7 21st Century professionals will provide training Professional CTO, Staff Beginning Sample rubrics, on the design and development, 21st Development August 2009 sample student implementation of Century Skills Coordinator, 21st N/A N/A products graded rubrics to assess Facilitators, Century Skills Ending using rubrics, rosters technology and workshop materials Facilitators May 2013 curriculum integration products 2.8 21st Century Skills CTO, 21st Century $4500 State, local Beginning Registrations, Providing ample Facilitators, state Skills Facilitators, August 2009 rosters, agendas,
  23. 23. conference conferences, Web 2.0 opportunities for programs, tools, professional Staff Development training and use Ending professional development, DPI Coordinator of Web 2.0 tools May 2013 development consultants evaluations * Most of the examples in this document are general in nature, it would be expected that more specific information be included in a district or school technology plan. Strategies should begin with verbs and objectives should be measurable. **Items in italics are only examples and should be removed from your chart. ***Global Awareness: The recognition and understanding of interrelationships among international organizations, nation-states, public and private economic entities, socio-cultural groups, and individuals across the globe.
  24. 24. NC public school students will be healthy and responsible. Current Situation Narrative In Stanly County, each school writes and implements a Safe Schools Plan. Communication is key in all Safe School Plans. Stanly County Schools uses a variety of technology to support Safe School initiatives. The table below indicates safe school components and supporting technologies. Safe Schools Components Supporting Technology School Campus Security High School Hallway and Parking Lot Cameras (accessible by local law enforcement), Systems for Lock Down, Fire Drills, Tornado Drills, email accounts for School Resource Officers, Sign-in and Sign-out in Offices, IP Access for 911 Emergencies for Local Police (in schools utilizing VoIP telephony) School Bus Security Bus Surveillance Cameras, TIMS Bus Information, Cell Phones and radios Staff ID Systems Implementing district-wide Computer Generated Identification Badges Student Information/Tracking Systems The Uniform System of Discipline Data Collection (USDDC), NC WISE, Point of Sale Internet and E-Mail Filtering St. Bernard IPrism content filter, MicroTik Linux (Firewall), Barracuda email spam filter/anti-virus, utilizing Sophos Communication Devices Intercom, Phone System, Mobile Phones (cellular and Nextel), Two-Way Radio, Fax Machine, E-mail, Website Use District Website and individual school websites, eHelpDesk, Online Board Policies, devices which allow administrators to utilize the network remotely in case of emergencies Stanly County’s Child Nutrition Department utilizes Point of Sale for student and staff transactions and to track free and reduced lunch, SARTOX for inventory management, food orders and financial management. NutriKids is used for nutrient analysis and menu creation. Administrative staff also relies heavily upon the NC DPI website,,, and USDA and School Nutrition Association websites. The district Child Nutrition website ( provides updated menu information, nutritional analysis of menus, forms and information for free and reduced lunch programs. Administrative and technology support has remote management of cafeteria machines. All cafeteria managers have e-mail. The nurses in the district’s Student Services department also use technology to ensure healthy students. Stanly County’s school nurses have desktop and/or laptop computers and are using NC WISE to track student health information. Some of our physical education classes in elementary schools use technology software to track physical fitness by the use of the HOPSports Training System and the Suunto Heart Rate Monitors. The HOPSports delivers 21st century physical education programs that train, evaluate, educate, and entertain while marketing nutrition and career
  25. 25. opportunities in a multi-screen, dynamic presentation that captures a child’s attention and speaks his/her language. The Suunto monitors and projects the live heart rates of up to 42 participants, adding accountability and education to the HOPSports Training Sessions. Several schools offer family tech nights to allow parents to become familiar with technology that is available to students. Other schools offer flexible hours in the media centers so that students may complete school assignments and projects using technology. Technology is used by our DARE program when students are able to drive golf carts while using goggles that distorts the driving conditions in the same way that alcohol distorts one’s driving ability. They also use more conventional classroom technology to involve students in real-world situations about drug and alcohol abuse. Beginning in 2004, we began using NC WISE to collect and analyze discipline incident data at the school level. This data is transferred to the Uniform System of Discipline Data Collection (USDDC) -- the database site used for reporting discipline incident data to the state -- several times during the school year. Although student discipline data resides in both databases, NC WISE will have the most current data. NC WISE attendance data is used to track at-risk students and provide documentation for truancy issues. Many school buses in Stanly County Schools are equipped with video cameras to maintain security and safety, and the district implemented a plan in the 2005-2006 school year to provide two-way radios for each school bus. The transportation department also utilizes Transportation Information Management System (TIMS) to route buses, as well as Preventative Maintenance (PM), an IP-based program that interfaces with North Carolina’s state-level transportation department. PM is used to schedule bus maintenance and is also used to transmit district transportation data to state offices. The department also relies heavily upon e-mail to communicate with local administrators, as well as county and state transportation officials. Security cameras are used in our high schools to monitor high-risk areas on campus. Each of our four traditional high schools has at least 16 security cameras on their campuses that are located in hallways, cafeterias, parking lots and gym lobbies. The perimeter cameras at our Early College program are managed by the college. At our Stanly County Academy, our alternative high school program, we have two cameras that monitor the campus. The principal, assistant principals and SRO's have access to the security system along with the superintendent and Director of Student Services in the Central Office. The Superintendent also has the ability to access from home a way to look at the four regions of our county to help make decisions about school closings due to inclement weather. The county sheriff and Albemarle police station have monitoring devices that allow them to observe the buildings in case of emergency. Local police in Albemarle can also monitor AHS from the parking lot using a local hot spot located on the side of the building. The proliferation of the Internet has become more prevalent in our students’ lives. Students use the Internet for academic purposes, but many also rely on the medium as a cheap means of communication. This means of communication comes with dangers. The district is committed to protecting students from these dangers while at school by using filtering devices and traffic management techniques. The district is also partnering with local law enforcement agencies to
  26. 26. provide relevant online safety training for students, staff, and parents. Furthermore, concern over Internet safety has prompted the district to integrate ethics and computer safety into all curricular areas. As a result of formative and summative assessments at the end of the 2005-2006 school year, a clear need became apparent that new strategies to improve student performance must be found. A plan was formulated to put into place a one-to-one computer initiative in the schools in the city district of Stanly County Schools, the most challenging area demographically. Many of the students have no access to technology at home; no suitable means to experience the world outside of Albemarle. In the fall of 2006, Stanly County Schools began the implementation of providing a laptop computer for every fourth and fifth grader at North Albemarle Elementary to help bridge the achievement and socioeconomic gaps. In the 2007-2008 academic year, the program was expanded to the two other K-5 schools in the East Elementary and Central Elementary attendance areas and into the sixth grade class at Albemarle Middle School. All academic teachers in these four schools as well as the high school in the attendance area also received laptops. All of these teachers received 24 hours of basic laptop and integration training. The teachers in grade levels where students were assigned laptops received an additional 16-32 hours of intensive professional development designed to help maximize student achievement in a 1:1 setting. When this program was initiated, our hopes were to be able to allow these computers to go home daily with the students. After much research and deliberation, the decision was made to keep the computers at school in order to protect the students. The probability of students being attacked as computers are stolen is a very real threat. Although the district still intends to expand the program to include all students in grades 4-12 throughout the county, budget shortfalls in the 2008-2009 academic year have put this plan on temporary hiatus. With the increase in numbers of computers and number of access hours by students, Stanly County Schools has become increasingly aware of the ethical and professional issues that can arise. As a result, the district has revised policies on email use and archiving. The media coordinators as a group have set into place a copyright policy, and the campaign for Internet safety has been heightened. Protective devices have to be in place to keep our students safe, however, sometimes, the things that are put into place can also serve as an obstacle by keeping helpful resources away from students. The current AUP is an example of how this can happen. As written, the AUP may inhibit the full use of the newer Web 2.0 and 21st century collaborative websites. The district is exploring the feasibility of revising the AUP to better support emerging technologies in the K-12 educational setting without compromising the safety of our students.
  27. 27. NC public school students will be healthy and responsible. Strategic Technology Plan 6. Classroom telephone systems and other 1. Include at least one strategy or objective that includes communications devices the following: School campus security (video, alarms, 7. Website use (district, school and classroom) metal detectors, etc.) 8. Flexible access to resources 2. School bus security (video, radios, cell phones, etc.) 9. Equitable access to resources 3. Student and Staff ID systems 10. Ethical and personal responsibility 4. Student Information/Tracking Systems 11. Policy and procedures to address global, ethical and (SIMS/NCWISE, nutrition, etc.) responsible use 5. Internet and email filtering/security 12. Technology used to educate, monitor and maintain healthy student lifestyles Strategy Resources Needed Person(s) Budget Needs Funding Time-line Method of Evaluation (Human & Material) Responsible Sources (Proposed Beginning & Ending dates) 3.1 Maintain Cameras and computer CTO. Director of $8000 State Beginning Invoices for installation, existing high equipment and software Finance, Director of August 2009 maintenance, and additional school Maintenance hardware surveillance Ending cameras and add May 2013 cameras in elementary and middle school as funding allows
  28. 28. 3.2 Beginning letter from Transportation Install cameras Surveillance Cameras CTO, Director of $200 per State, local August 2009 Director regarding percentage on a minimum of Transportation camera of buses with surveillance 50% of school Ending equipment buses May 2013 3.3 Identification badge system Executive Director of $8000 Local, state, Invoices for upkeep of badge Maintain a and supplies, Personnel and Student federal Beginning system in the County Office, personnel and photography/yearbook Services, CTO, School August 2009 student IDs made at the school student companies administration level, reports from identification Ending administration, letter from system May 2013 Executive Director of Personnel and Student Services stating stance on ID badges for students/employees (part of emergency management plan) 3.4.1 Continue using FitnessGram software CTO, Director of N/A N/A Beginning FitnessGram reports FitnessGram for Elementary/Middle August 2009 recording Education, P.E. student physical Teachers Ending activity May 2013 performance in grade K-8
  29. 29. 3.4.2 Members of Student Services Beginning department will School Nurses, Social August 2009 Report from administration, effectively use Director of Student Workers, NC WISE, Data N/A N/A copies of attendance letters and technology to Services, CTO Managers, laptops Ending reports monitor student May 2013 discipline, attendance, and health issues 3.4.3 Utilize Point of Beginning Reports from Point of Sale, Sale for student Meals Plus Point of Sale August 2009 letter from Director of Child Director of Child and staff software, Cafeteria N/A N/A Nutrition stating the use of a Nutrition, CTO transactions and Managers Ending program to track student to track free and May 2013 transactions and lunch status reduced lunch 3.4.4 Utilize NC WISE Beginning NC WISE websites, Data to record student August 2009 Managers, Counselors, CTO, NC WISE information used N/A N/A Reports from NC WISE systems School Administration, Coordinator to make Ending District Administration educational May 2013 decisions
  30. 30. 3.4.5 Continue the Beginning implementation Director of TIMS reports, letter from TIMS software, uploads from August 2009 of TIMS to track Transportation, CTO, Director of Transportation NC WISE systems, TIMS N/A N/A student address Director of Finance and stating the use of TIMS to plan Data Manager Ending and Auxiliary Services bus routes May 2013 transportation information 3.5 Maintain email Beginning filtering software CTO, StanlyNet/IT August 2009 Email filtering and the Purchasing records, invoices, and appliances Director, Director of $6500 State, Local appliance email report to insure a high Finance Ending state of email May 2013 security 3.6 Implement a unified district system of CTO, StanlyNet/IT Beginning communication Director, Director of August 2009 3COM VoIP telephone Invoices, Schedule of which includes Finance and Auxiliary $200,000 Local solution deployment VoIP based Services, School Ending phone system Administrators May 2013 and mobile communication devices
  31. 31. 3.7 The district will continue upkeep of district Beginning Roll sheets and evaluations of website. Schools Existing web servers, website August 2009 CTO, School training sessions, example of will continue creation training, website $21,000 State Administrators, teachers teacher web pages, AMTR upkeep of school creation tools/software Ending report sites. Teachers May 2013 will continue upkeep of teacher sites. 3.8; 3.9 Maintain and Beginning student laptops add to computers CTO, School August 2009 networking software used for the 1:1 Administrators, 21st $154,000 Local, State Invoices and infrastructure initiative as century skills facilitators Ending funding allows. May 2013 3.10 Continue to offer professional Beginning development on Workshop materials, 21st CTO, School August 2009 rosters, samples of end appropriate use century skills facilitators, Administrators, 21st N/A N/A products, copies of signed AUPs of email, media specialists century skills facilitators Ending internet, and May 2013 application of copyright laws.
  32. 32. 3.11 Research and implement a procedure for Stanly County Student AUP, Beginning educating Samples of student products, NC fair use guidelines, teachers, August 2009 students on CTO, school WISE discipline incident 21st century skills N/A N/A appropriate use administrators, teachers reports, copies of signed AUPs, facilitators, media Ending of technology lesson plans, walkthrough data coordinators May 2013 and 21st century collaborative sites and copyright law 3.12.1 Beginning Utilize Meals Meals Plus Point of Sale August 2009 Plus Point of software, Child Nutrition Child Nutrition $6500/year Federal Meals Plus Point of Sale reports Sale to track department, cafeteria Director, CTO Ending students' food managers May 2013 purchase history 3.12.2 Utilize fitness training/tracking Fitness training/tracking Physical Education Beginning programs and programs (FitnessGram, teachers, Director of August 2009 Reports from fitness devices to HOPSports, Suunto heart Elem/Middle Education, N/A N/A training/tracking program and educate, rate monitors), Physical Director of Secondary Ending devices, walkthrough data monitor, and Education Teachers Education, CTO May 2013 maintain healthy student lifestyles
  33. 33. * Most of the examples in this document are general in nature, it would be expected that more specific information be included in a district or school technology plan. Strategies should begin with verbs and objectives should be measurable. **Items in italics are only examples and should be removed from your chart.
  34. 34. Leadership will guide innovation in NC public schools. Current Situation Narrative According to The International Development Research Centre ( com /Doc?id=dhjcjsr4_2c5zq46g9&hl=en), "the concept of innovation has changed drastically over the last forty years. During the 1950s, innovation was considered as a discrete event resulting from knowledge developed by isolated inventors and isolated researchers. Today, successful innovation is considered as the result of a process of interaction and exchange of knowledge involving a large diversity of actors in situations of interdependence." Stanly County Schools recognizes that in order to enhance students' global awareness, we need to be innovators. We must allow students to interact and exchange knowledge with others from around the world. The students will be able to do this only in the constraints that our leadership allows. Therefore, our leaders must have a better understanding of international issues and global awareness. Stanly County Schools has moved away from using the term technology skills. Instead, the term 21st century skills has replaced it. Administrators have participated in professional development sessions to explore the IMPACT Model and Learning Communities. Some progress has been made in allowing the literacy facilitators, media coordinators, guidance counselors and 21st century technology skills facilitators to operate under a flexible schedule so they are available to take part in collaborative efforts between classroom teacher and other school resources. Our K-8 teachers have a common time for team and grade-level planning. The Central Office administration has also set up professional development sessions, utilizing key dpi personnel, to help train our teachers and school administrators on the importance of collaboration and its impact on student achievement. Our superintendent carries the message to all schools as he travels throughout the county of his increasing awareness that students live in a global economy. He makes school visits and talks about how teachers' lesson plans need to reflect 21st century skills. He shares at staff meetings videos that draw direct correlations between what is being taught in the classrooms and what is needed to be successful in a globalized world. He uses the top down approach. He lets his beliefs about global awareness be known as he talks to principals, faculty, and other key leaders in the district. They, in turn, are challenged to take up the torch and run with it. To help our students become globally aware, Stanly County Schools takes advantage of UNC-G iSchool, a way for high school juniors and seniors to get ahead of the game by taking college classes while still in high school, and of North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS), which provides students with expanded academic options by offering online courses and online services such as test preparation, career planning services, and credit recovery. In our elementary schools, the use of ePals
  35. 35. has aided in making our students more globally aware. Although the use of ePals has not been as widespread as we would like to see, those teachers who do us it are beginning to understand how important students learning from those outside the classroom can stimulate the learning from those inside the classroom. Because administrators and teachers are beginning to see just how valuable communication with people outside the school walls can be, professional development sessions have been offered, teaching participants how to use blogs and wikis. Internet- based communication tools, such as Skype and instant messaging options, have been used to demonstrate for teachers just how these could enhance their curriculum. Administrators have set up forums for communication between faculties and local college personnel for the discussion of topics that are of concern. Our superintendent and associate superintendent are involved in the Ed Leadership program at Wingate University, in a neighboring county. They are seeking to establish a doctoral cohort group in our county. They are also working with the Southwest Alliance and NC Virtual Public School in a training program called Leadership Lagoon where NC leaders can collaborate. A blog has been established for the central office administrators where they can discuss topics of concern. Currently they are being trained on eLearning through NC Virtual School. Every school system would like to believe that it is already doing everything possible to help its students achieve success. For several years, teachers have used LearnNC and eBistro for professional growth and advancement. However, it never hurts to look at the facts and the data in a different manner to see if we can’t improve the way we do things so that we can see greater success. In the fall of 2008, Palm OS units were purchased and issued to school administrators. These, with the software application, TeachScape, allow administrators to walk through classroom and quickly collect data about critical instructional practices. This in turn leads to reflective discussions on the data gathered, which then leads to action planning, which guides instruction and classroom practice. With this tool in place, we have a method for determining topics for discussion which will eventually lead to making good teacher practices into the best teacher practices, thus improving student learning. TeachScape is not the only tool we use to gather data and make informed decisions for instructional technology and purchase of media materials. For the last two years we have used the School Technology Needs Assessment (STNA). The STNA is a way for us to look at our needs across the administrative district. It provides principals with a snapshot of the technology needs within their schools. The information found in this report helps make purchasing decisions, professional development decisions, and resource allocation decisions. At the present time, we do not have a committee that uses MTAC as its name. Our District Strategic Planning Committee has served in this position since technology was first introduced into our schools. As technology has increased, the need for such a committee has increased.
  36. 36. Stanly County Schools enjoys strong relationships with both Stanly Community College (SCC) and Pfeiffer University. Our partnership with SCC has resulted in the establishment of an Early College program on their campus with their professors teaching the college courses that the students need to obtain their associate degree. Teachers from Stanly County Schools and SCC have to work hand-in-hand to assure the success of each one of the Early College students. We also have established a partnership with Pfeiffer University that makes use of the services of their preservice teachers. Each of these preservice teachers spends clinical hours at two of our schools in Stanly County helping struggling readers improve in reading fluency. A piece of software, Vining-Hartness Response to Intervention, is used to assist the preservice teachers help these young readers. Not only do we partnership with our community college and a local university, but we also partnership within our school district. Because we have support teachers who are shared between two schools, we can easily pull two schools together to work on collaborative projects. Since some of our students do very little traveling out of their own school district, we feel this is just as important as introducing them to children from other parts of the state, nation, and world.
  37. 37. Leadership will guide innovation in NC public schools. Strategic Technology Plan Include at least one strategy or objective that includes the following: 4. Leadership created professional growth opportunities 1. Leadership enabling teaching and learning collaborative 5. Partnerships projects 6. Process for addressing ongoing change 2. Media and Technology Advisory Committee 3. Leadership communication tools and venues Strategy Resources Needed Person(s) Budget Needs Funding Sources Time-line Method of (Human & Responsible (Proposed Evaluation Material) Beginning & Ending dates) 4.1 Substitutes/teacher Administrators of assistants to School N/A N/A Beginning Meeting schools with any supervise administration, August 2009 agendas/logs, sample grades K-8 will classrooms, meeting CTO, Director of lesson plans, samples schedule time, teachers, media Elem/Middle Ending of student projects, collaborative coordinator, 21st Education May 2013 calendar of planning time century skills scheduled meeting each quarter for facilitator times teachers and support personnel to develop integrated lessons and student projects
  38. 38. 4.2 Media Coordinator, School N/A N/A Beginning MTAC Schools will 21st Century Skills Administration, August 2009 agendas/minutes maintain existing Facilitator, CTO, Media or develop committee bi-laws, Coordinator, 21st Ending MTACs to various school Century Skills May 2013 evaluate media personnel Facilitator and technology needs 4.3. BOE meeting videos, CTO, N/A N/A Beginning Samples of recorded The district will sample submissions Superintendent, August 2009 board meetings, continue to use to media outlets by Public Relations newspaper articles, local media SCS administrators, assistant, school Ending phone notification providers, district district website, administrators, May 2013 reports and samples, email, and district email system, mass Executive Director website, sample website as phone notification of Personnel and emails, newsletters effective tools of system Student Services communication with district employees, parents, and community 4.4 Use STNA, or Data collection tool, CTO, School N/A N/A Beginning STNA or similar similar data Teacher input Administrators August 2009 report collection tool, results as a Ending foundation for May 2013 developing professional growth opportunities
  39. 39. 4.5 Maintain existing business and Superintendent, Beginning Monthly email to community CTO, School August 2009 school adminstrators partnerships and administrators, CTO, Superintendent N/A N/A logging business develop new Various school Ending contacts partnerships as personnel May 2013 need and funding allows 4.6 Research feasible Beginning CTO, Associate CTO, Associate Summaries of ways to sustain a August 2009 Superintendent of Superintendent of information found as structured N/A N/A Curriculum and Curriculum and research is process for Ending Instruction Instruction conducted addressing May 2013 ongoing change * Most of the examples in this document are general in nature, it would be expected that more specific information be included in a district or school technology plan. Strategies should begin with verbs and objectives should be measurable. **Items in italics are only examples and should be removed from your chart.
  40. 40. NC public schools will be governed and supported by 21st Century systems. Current Situation Narrative NC WISE has been an impetus to provide consistent, appropriate technology support across the district. The implementation of NC WISE in 2004-05 forced the district to standardize on hardware platforms and supported operating systems. Whereas before NC WISE implementation, any given school might have had a hodgepodge of operating systems, now the computers deployed in the districts high schools are primarily Windows-based, while the other schools (K-8) utilize Macintosh OS X computers. Along with this change, and for NC WISE support purposes, a new Macintosh technician and new Windows technician were hired in 2004. Since then, the tech department has advocated for an additional technician position and an additional Windows/Macintosh technician position was hired in the Spring of 2008. Similarly, support and repair data supported the addition of a new Help Desk position, implemented in the summer of 2007. In addition to these positions, the district employees a full time CTO, Director of Information Technologies, a Coordinator of Student Information and NC Wise, an NC WISE assistant, a LAN engineer, and a part time AV/Hardware technician. The following examples reflect how NC WISE features are effectively used throughout the district to collect, analyze, and report data for use in decision making: • Attendance tracking and Truancy reporting • Determine athletic eligibility for participation in sports • Monitoring academic progress for course placement and graduation goals • Disciplinary history and intervention • Identify potential dropouts for intervention • Determine verified dropouts for state reporting • Adjust class size and teacher assignments • Analyzing trends in enrollment • Meet reporting requirements to state and federal agencies: o No Child Left Behind o North Carolina’s ABCs of Public Education o Closing the Achievement Gap o Safe Schools Reporting o Dropout rates o Basis for the majority of state funding from the General Assembly Currently, Stanly County Schools has the following positions to serve 24 schools, the Pre-K programs, three administrative buildings, and approximately 4500 desktops and laptops: Title Number