Cozad Community Schools Technology

Vision, Beliefs and Practices

As leaders, our mission is to ignite passion, meaning, and purpose in each student and staff member.

Mission of the CCS Technology Department

The mission of the technology department is to recommend, implement, and manage new tools which support and encourage effective and innovative teaching and learning methods

Beliefs

  • As leaders, our mission is to ignite passion, meaning, and purpose in each student and staff member.
  • We believe that all staff and students are learners, and that continuous growth and learning is a basic necessity for success in today’s world.

  • We believe that student learning and growth is the central purpose of the district. We believe that all staff and school policies must serve this purpose.

  • We believe in strong community connections and open communication with our patrons, staff and students.

Technology Team

The technology team is an advisory committee composed of two teachers from each building level, the technology director, and the technology innovation specialist. Teachers are selected by building administrators and serve two-year terms. Members are expected to provide leadership, communication and collaboration as representatives of their schools. The team meets every two weeks throughout the school year and we attend several professional conferences each year with the purpose of developing vision, leadership, and connectedness.

Code

  • Integrity

  • Honesty

  • Communication

  • Community

  • Respect

  • Leadership

Vision

Cozad Community Schools will create a learning environment in which students and staff are provided with and use technology and communication tools to:

  1. Encourage and facilitate lifelong learning

  2. Foster collaboration and communication among students, faculty and staff

  3. Provide media-rich environments for student learning

  4. Learning becomes individualized, authentic, and connected to others

  5. Provide learning opportunities for students and staff outside of the classroom and extending beyond the school day

  6. Provide safe, secure access to online resources and communication tools

Belief Statements

  • We must embrace change as an opportunity to improve.

  • Technology doesn’t change things, people do.

  • Every student has remarkable talent of some kind. Our job is to help them find it.

  • Failure is an essential part of the learning process.

  • The working and social world our students will enter is fundamentally different than the world we learned in.

  • Student learning must be individualized for, and owned by, the student.

  • Classroom teachers are the most important and valuable asset any school possesses. The most important job of school leaders is to ensure we have the best available and to make them better.

  • All administrative decisions and actions should be based on supporting and promoting student learning. We serve students, not the system.

  • Mobile and communication technologies provide new avenues to teaching and learning that are more effective and engaging than traditional methods.

  • Educators must be connected to other educators and professionals.

  • Everyone involved in our school system is a learner. The age of experts is over, and change is continuous.

  • We must tell our story.

  • The local community must be a partner in educating children, and school and community must serve each other.

  • Education must become a cooperative/collaborative endeavor, involving parents, communities, and other schools.

Goals

  1. Unify all school leaders and levels in vision and mission. We must be one team.

  2. Use the advancement of teaching and learning as the fundamental guide to all decisions and policy.

  3. Provide the technology needed to fulfill our vision and mission.

  4. Transform staff development to continuous, collaborative learning.

  5. Get all educators “connected”, and help them to develop a vibrant and supportive personal learning network.

  6. Seek community partnerships and ways to serve and lead in our community.

  7. Decentralize and individualize technology management and ownership. Staff must feel ownership in the tools and methods that make them effective.

  8. Incorporate citizenship, culture, and personal responsibility into teaching and learning methods and practices.

  9. Strive for individualized, authentic, connected learning.