Oklahoma City Public Schools ConnectED Newsletter

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Fall 2017

About the Author

About the Author

Dr. Rhonda Schroeder is the principal at Arthur Elementary School in Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma’s largest and most diverse school district with approximately 45,000 students and 2,700 teachers. She has spearheaded the district’s first 1:1 iPad program where more than 700 students are afforded 24/7 personalized learning opportunities. She holds firm to the belief that student access to technology is the great equalizer. As a result of that belief, Arthur Elementary achieved a 14-point gain on the state school report card given by the Oklahoma State Department of Education—the largest gain in the district. She holds a Bachelor of Science in education from the University of Central Oklahoma, Master of Education from the University of Central Oklahoma, Master of Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and a doctorate in educational administration from California Coast University.

The Best is Yet to Come.......

In July of 2014 we set out on a journey to become the first 1:1 iPad school in Oklahoma City Public Schools. The ConnectED initiative promoted by the Obama Administration, made it possible for major corporations to partner with low-income schools in need of transformation. In September of 2014, Arthur Elementary was named one of 114 ConnectED schools from across the country, and the only school awarded in the state of Oklahoma. Arthur Elementary was also awarded the AT&T Aspire grant providing 5G cellular service to the devices for students who have no internet service at home.

Arthur Elementary is starting the 3rd year of implementation. We continue to see gains in student achievement and engagement. Personalized Learning , Challenged-Based Learning and Global Education is the focus of our next steps for 2017-2018. In addition to a major shift in our academic master calendar, we are incorporating a Maker Space that has been named Innovation Station. The Makerspace will be open to students in September of 2017.

The staff and students at Arthur Elementary continue experience highly engaging learning experiences anchored by digital age best practices. The teachers at Arthur are among the frequently award-winning and sought after professional development presenters and mentors in instructional technology. Their dedication, professional growth and contribution to the success of this implementation is second to none.

Arthur Teachers Chosen to Participate in Literacy Research Project

Brandi Criminger, Meralys Vazquez, Katie O'Fair, and Chantel Jones (2nd grade team), had been selected as one of only four teams from the ConnectED schools to spearhead a Literacy Research Project this school year. The project includes action research guided by the Apple Professional Learning Coach. The project consist of coaching and reflective practice designed to improve literacy instruction in the classroom.

Arthur Elementary will Participate in the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy

The Verizon Mobile Learning Academy (VMLA) is a free, 10-week virtual professional development experience designed to help teams, schools or districts implement or improve their mobile learning strategy.

Delivered by ISTE, in partnership with The Verizon Foundation, VMLA supports various approaches to mobile learning such as 1:1 and BYOD.

Proven, practical and grounded in the ISTE Standards, VMLA prepares teams to supercharge mobile initiatives by discovering how to design creative learning experiences, identify effective management strategies, gauge student readiness, and teach safe online practices.

Participants benefit from:
— Connection to other teams and VMLA alumni in a private Google Plus community.
— Access to experienced ISTE Faculty and instructional coaches who will facilitate the online course.
— 2.5 Continuing Education Units from Johns Hopkins University.
— Earning a digital badge to showcase their skills.