Campus Innovation Cohort I

More info about what you're getting yourself into...

Why all this talk about campus innovation?

Austin ISD has set a goal to reinvent the urban education experience. One facet of the goal includes examining our use of transformative technology and innovative instruction methods in the classroom. Click here to see an quick framework of the full plan.
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Why was I selected to be in Cohort I?

Cohort I is a small percentage of staff who will serve as the "trailblazers." They have a growth mindset and are comfortable with trying out technology in their classrooms to help transform the learning experience for students. A few months ago you completed a Technology Self Assessment about your comfort level with instructional technology, willingness to try new ideas and share with others, etc. Based on your scores and principal input, you were placed on the Cohort I team.

What is my role?

In a nutshell, you will continue to conduct your normal teaching practice while sprinkling in a few new things. Many of the ideas will be your own, others you may develop with your cohort I group, and some may come from the district. AISD will provide training for Cohort I in Summer 2016, and there is also a Campus Innovation Coach at each campus to help facilitate and support the cohort team. The idea is that you can help influence others on your campus and work to spread innovative ideas.
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Campus Innovation Cohort I Summer Training

There are several dates where you can meet other Cohort I teachers across the district and learn more about how to accelerate technology integration on your campus. Plan to attend ONE of the training dates below and register in HCP. This is a PAID TRAINING, so three cheers for that!

July 12, 14, 18, 20, 26, and 28

August 1, 3, 9, 11

*It is not required for all campus members to attend on the same day, but it could be helpful for discussion and brainstorming.

Is there anything I can do to get a head start?

Absolutely! One tool that you'll want to be familiar with is the Technology Integration Matrix, or "the TIM." It is a fantastic interactive resource to show how teachers can use technology to enhance student learning and includes definitions for varying levels of tech integration. All of the icons in the matrix are clickable and link to helpful videos showing what tech integration looks like at that particular level.
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Your Campus Innovation Coach

Marisa Maldonado