EdCaliber and San Ysidro School District: Using Technology to Increase Collaboration Within Schools
Using Technology to Increase Collaboration Within Schools Kimberly Nisson October 16, 2012
San Ysidro Elementary School District• San Ysidro School District (SYSD) Profile: o 5,252 preschool through eighth grade students o 7 schools, all on a modified 11-month schedule o 73.0% classified as Limited English Proficient (LEP) o 71.1% qualify for Free/Reduced Price Meals o Enrollment projected to double in the next decade• SYSD Objectives o To rapidly grow technological infrastructure, streamlining purchased and developed teacher resources o To help teachers to become technologically savvy, data- driven, and increasingly collaborative o To leverage technology to grow and strength SYSD Bilingual and Dual Language Programs
Power Hour• District-wide implementation of standards-based instruction using technology & current curriculum.• Students are grouped homogeneously for one hour per day to focus on standards.• Helps fill in the gaps from our adopted core program in ELA.• Requires teachers to use SMART Notebook lessons, digital resources, and teacher-created materials.• Students are regularly assessed on the standards taught.• Data analysis guides instruction.
Power Hour Provide TeachFeedback Analyze Assess
Power Hour Teachers need easy access to assessments and analysis tools.
Power HourTeachers need to do data-based planning
Power HourTeachers need to do data-based planning
The SYSD/EdCaliber PartnershipPiloted in early 2012, SYSD has utilized theEdCaliber platform to achieve three main goals:1. Coordinating Calendars to Streamline Planning and Pacing Guides2. Aggregating Power Hour and Other District- Wide Resources3. Encouraging Teacher Collaboration and Ongoing Professional Development
Quote "EdCaliber transformed how San Ysidro School Districtdesigned its lessons. It ushered a new model of lesson planning intothe district, which helped teachers access professional content andresources to create individual and collaborative lessons. SYSD had setrigorous goals; EdCaliber helped SYSD maintain high interest, andimproved both instructional delivery and student achievement." Gloria Madera, Asst Superintendent of Educational Services San Ysidro School District
Why Partner with EdCaliber? Past Present• Server-based shared folder • District, site, grade level, and system for resources (read-only, individual resource libraries are and loaded by district) easily accessible.• Sharing of resources via hard • Dynamic hub for sharing copy & email attachments. resources.• Isolation of ideas with one teacher, grade level, or school. • Collaboration within and across• Limited access from home. schools.• Static planning calendars; • Fully web-based system; isolated by program and subject. accessible outside the district.• Administrators • Flexible calendars; merged – Relied on isolated calendars across programs and subjects. and/or Outlook • Administrators – Shared resources via hard-copy or email – Use common staff calendars – Share site resources
Organization (Past) • Resources were housed in a shared folder on the district’s server. • Resources had to be downloaded first to be viewed. • Remote access was limited.
Organization (Present)• Resources are uploaded to EdCaliber.• Teachers can copy, edit, schedule, and preview resources.• 24/7 remote, web-based access.
Organization (Present)• 1000’s of resources have already been uploaded
Collaboration (Past)• Teachers worked in isolation.• Teachers met in person to share ideas and resources.• Collaboration opportunities were limited.• Editing and revising resources was time- consuming.• Resources were shared on a small scale.
Encouraging Collaboration and Ongoing Professional Development (Present)• Encouraging collaboration within and across school sites• Building a library of lesson plans for all teachers, including bilingual and dual language programs• Expanding Response to Intervention (RtI) resources and efforts• Easing the transition to Common Core
Sharing Resources (Present)• Teacher workgroups after school to find and create resources by standard for initial EdCaliber upload – SMART Exchange – Web searches• Teachers share folders in EdCaliber for continued resource sharing• Teachers create resources and upload them to EdCaliber• Templates have been added for additional sharing
Expanding SYSD’s Technology Toolkit Tapping into the SDCOE/EdCaliber Connection• San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) was able to share resources they created for English Learner instruction with SYSD via EdCaliber.• Collaboration with SDCOE for Transference• Increased Dual Language and Biliteracy teacher excitement for EdCaliber because of immediate access to resources specifically designed for their student population.
Working with SDCOE to Target English Language Learners Accessing SDCOE content via EdCaliber
Working with SDCOE to Target English Language Learners Accessing SDCOE transference template via EdCaliber View only mode
Working with SDCOE to Target English Language Learners Accessing SDCOE transference template via EdCaliber Edit mode
Working with SDCOE to Target English Language Learners Uploading resources to support transference lessons
Expanding RtI Resources and Special Education Collaboration Efforts• Coordinating Individualized Education Programs (IEP) Meetings within schools• Uploading RtI forms, samples, reference materials, and strategies• Uploading Special Education procedures and forms
Response to Intervention (RtI) RtI resources, articles, forms and samples are available to staff in EdCaliber.
Easing the Transition to Common Core As SYSD aligns to Common Core State Standards, we will be able to reorganize existing material, create new resources, collaboratively plan and assess by standard in EdCaliber.
Getting to District-Wide Usage• Step 1: January 2012 ~ Introduction & feedback with focus groups• Step 2: March – May 2012 ~ Leadership team developed implementation plan• Step 3: July – November 2012 ~ Sessions of training and target groups – Session 1: Resources System – Session 2: Calendar System (train the trainer model) – Teachers (2nd – 6th, then K-1st & 7th-8th) – Administrators – Clerical Staff• Step 4: September – June 2013 ~ Ongoing Support – Voluntary support sessions during PLC – Staff and PLC Meetings – Connecting with outside trainers
How are we doing against our goals? Goal Status1. Coordinating Calendars to 1. Great Streamline Planning and Pacing Guides2. Aggregating District-Wide 2. Good Resources3. Encouraging Teacher 3. Good Collaboration and Ongoing Professional Development
Quote Its a wonder how we previously got along without EdCaliber,since now it is always our starting point whenever we team to lessonplan and collaborate. EdCaliber saves us time by having all ourresources at our fingertips and enables us to be more efficienteducators. EdCaliber is a tool every teacher should have to makehis/her teaching experience organized and simplified. Elva De Baca, Bilingual 3rd Grade Teacher Sunset Elementary School
What’s next?• Continuing with Transference Lessons• Ongoing Professional Development Support• Adopted Core Digital Materials (ELA & Math)• 7th/8th Grade Resources• Enhance Math• Common Core• Science & Social Science• Special Education Catalog
For More Information Kim Nisson email@example.com (619) 428-4476 ext.3087 Debra Maddox firstname.lastname@example.org (415) 846-5100
Aggregating Resources – SMART Board Files • Resources can be previewed before downloaded
Aggregating Resources - Websites • Websites are “live”, links are clickable