Volusia County Schools' road map to innovation
I know the DCP has already been written for this year and is currently under construction. I am hoping to be the one to be in the driver’s seat for the remainder of the project.
I understand that is a nationwide initiative that has trickled down to the state then down to our district.
Since I have been involved in the DCP from the beginning I am familiar and knowledgeable about all of its goals as well as how they align to the district’s strategic plan and Mr. Russell’s guiding principles.
I have also been very involved with every project created through the plan such as the 6th grade digital learning project, core advocate, DLTL, personalized learning, BL, model videos, future ready pledge and needs assessment
Based on the result of the future ready pledge I know that one of my number one priorities will be to increase the digital learning readiness score from 6.7/10.
This has always been my vision, even when I was in the classroom. I created this graphic for my interview for the blended learning interview, but I see the need for this now more so than ever.
I feel that my ability to build and maintain relationships with teachers and district staff will be a strong asset in this role as we continue to break down the walls between technology and curriculum personnel. People have shared with me that I am approachable and easy to talk to and that is important because tech makes them uncomfortable and it's nice to have someone approachable to help them work through it.
I am an educator in a technical world and I will always maintain my identity as an educator because no matter what I think about decisions through the lens of an educator.
I know there is a lot of work to be done in the next five years as we move to 1:1 and continue to grow a digital presence in Volusia County, however, we have made great strides just this year alone.
We’ve had many great opportunities to work with administrators and district staff this year and there has been a visible shift around how technology is perceived in the Volusia County Schools. In one year we went from “Who's Tim to TIM is trending on Twitter” because of the our strategic and scaffolded professional development and support. That’s really quite an accomplishment in one year.
TIM is Trending
I am very excited to be able to work with the digital learning teachers leaders. When supporting the DLTL we will use a scaffolded approach to continue to building foundation throughout the years of the project as well as continuing to identify cracks in the foundation. I believe the success of the digital roll out lies in the hands of the digital learning teacher leaders.
My Vision for digital learning goes well beyond working with the digital learning teacher leaders.
My First act- would be to make amendments to DCP and take care of lingering action items.
I want to continue to train curriculum staff and have a strong technology presence in the curriculum maps and modules for elementary and secondary.
I want to be able to communicate monthly Facilitator message through a smore or newsletter with the principals on the status of the DLTL and what they should be seeing on their campus. Possible name: DL on the DLTLs
I would like to have Regional technology coaches in the trenches with the teachers and eventually move to a technology coach at each school to support 1:1.
Confidently say what our teachers can do as a result of our training- all classroom teachers to be able to define the difference between using technology and meaningful technology integration. By achieving goal a lot of the other goals will fall in to place can be achieved through the TIM.
The road to digital integration and 1:1 will be filled with detours and pot holes and while we have a plan in place to make that a reality, I also know that realistically we will need to flexible and responsive to the ever changing technology world around us.