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Digital Learning Team Staff Resource


This resource, developed with input from school staff, serves as a resource to help all schools plan the initial phases of implementing the District Technology and Information Plan that was passed by the Board of Education in January, 2014. This resource will be a guide throughout the planning year, with input from the participating Ignite schools.


Future Ready Framework



As G1 schools begin the planning year, it is essential to look at all aspects of the Future Ready Framework. As we plan, we will explore best practices, resources, and supports to create a successful digital implementation. Based on the Future Ready Framework, schools will analyze Phases such as Vision, Plan, Implement, and Assess; with categories such as:


  • Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • Budgets and Resources
  • Robust Infrastructure
  • Use of Time and Space
  • Data and Privacy
  • Community Partnerships
  • Personalized Professional Learning
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Leadership

Strong leadership in a building is one of the key levers to supporting and transforming the learning environment. MMSD is committed to cultivating leaders that encourage innovation and risk-taking. “Digital leadership is not about flashy tools, but a strategic mindset that leverages available resources to improve what we do, while anticipating the changes needed to cultivate a school culture focused on engagement and achievement. “ - Eric Sheninger

Vision

Our Vision

Students, staff and families will engage in digital literacy learning and application through discovery, collaboration and creation. Accessible, flexible and differentiated digital tools and environments for every student at every school will provide transformative, future-ready learning opportunities. Ongoing personalized professional learning for staff will strengthen high-quality instruction and provide a relevant and engaging learning experience each learner. Engaged students, staff and families will create a thriving digital community to afford every student to graduate from high school, college, career and community ready.


As we build our plan, it is important to keep the District’s Ignite Plan vision at the forefront of all of our decision-making.


Model of Integrating digital learning within Great Teaching

This model provides the structure of teacher digital learning implementation stages and emphasizes:

  • Digital learning enhances Great Teaching (not add-on) with a multi-tiered system of support

  • Learning how to most effectively use devices for instructional purposes is vital to transformative learning

  • Teachers gradually develop expertise in different levels of implementation with support: Learn - Explore - Implement - Integrate - Transform.


This model includes ideas and language that are particularly helpful for understanding and discussing the major differences between teacher implementation levels of using digital strategies for instruction. This model can be applied to reflect on various areas of practice. For example, a team may realize they are largely at a “learn” level of digital learning implementation within Gradual Release of Responsibility practices and discuss next steps for professional development, as well as exploring the use of digital strategies in practice.


Model of Integrating digital learning within Great Teaching



This model provides the structure and language for understanding how teachers gradually increase levels of expertise as they utilize digital strategies with great teaching practices (plan, teach, reflect-adjust) and a multi-tiered system of supports.


plan teach reflect adjust cycle

learn explore implement integrate transform

Plan

To effectively plan for a school-wide implementation of digital learning, in order to provide equity and access to information, we will utilize the Future Ready Schools Framework. You will see 7 gears that represent the focus categories for G planning year.


When will your school implement devices? Find out here.


  • gears inside a head inside a gear

    As a school-based team, reflect on past professional learning opportunities and assess your staff’s digital skill readiness. The following pre/post assessment can assist in building a building-wide professional learning plan for the integration of skill growth.

    Staff Digital Skills Readiness Survey

    Where are the strengths and growth opportunities? Based on your reflection, your team may be ready to build a Personalized Professional Learning plan for your school. The instrument to help guide your team is called the Professional Learning guide.


    Develop your school’s unique Professional Learning plan to provide appropriate, differentiated, and just-in-time learning opportunities related to best practice digital learning. The Future Ready Personalized Professional Resource page will aid in comprehension of each topic on your planning guide and provides relevant resources. This is a framework; please add other areas that pertain to your school’s specific needs.



  • teacher and student inside a gear

    As a school-based team, reflect on Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment practices within your building. How does digital instruction change the practice you see currently? How does your school implement a multi-tiered system of supports? Prepare a plan to address your staff in relationship to best practice and digital student learning. How will you differentiate? The instrument to help guide this work is called the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment Guide

    Develop your school’s unique Student Learning plan to provide appropriate student engagement and activities to promote student achievement. The Future Ready Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment page will aid in comprehension of each topic and provide resources while planning. This is a framework; please add other areas that pertain to your school’s specific needs.




  • clock inside a gear

    As a school-based team, reflect on Use of Space and Time within your building. How can you address the needs of your students by providing flexible schedules? How can you create learning spaces that are flexible and meet the needs of digital learners? How will students advance if they have already shown mastery of the standard(s) being taught? The instrument to help guide this work is called the Use of Space and Time guide

    Develop your school’s unique Use of Time plan to provide appropriate student engagement and activities to promote student achievement. The Future Ready Use of Space and Time page will aid in comprehension of each topic and provide resources while planning. This is a framework; please add other areas that pertain to your school’s specific needs.



  • handshake inside a gear

    As a school-based team, reflect on Community Partnerships surrounding your building. What are your current connections community members? What are typical communication practices with families? How can digital tools and access encourage more/easier communication? The instrument to help guide this work is called the Community Partnerships guide

    Develop your school’s unique Community Partnerships plan to provide appropriate means of communication to involve families and community members to actively participate in your school. The Future Ready Community Partnerships page will aid in comprehension of each topic and provide resources while planning. This is a framework; please add other areas that pertain to your school’s specific needs.



  • locked folder inside a gear

    As a school-based team, reflect on Data and Privacy within your building. How will your staff analyze data to drive instruction for all students? How are formative and summative assessments aligned with decision-making strategies for Great Teaching? The instrument to help guide this work is called the Data and Privacy guide

    Develop your school’s unique Technology and Hardware plan to provide appropriate student engagement and activities to promote student achievement. The Future Ready Data and Privacy page will aid in comprehension of each topic and provide resources while planning. This is a framework; please add other areas that pertain to your school’s specific needs.



  • dollar sign inside a gear

    As a school-based team, reflect on Budget and Resources for your building. What resources do you currently possess in your school? What is needed? Prepare a plan to address these resources. The instrument to help guide this work is called the Budget and Resources guide.

    The Future Ready Budget and Resources page will aid in comprehension of each topic and provide resources while planning. This is a framework; please add other areas that pertain to your school’s specific needs.



  • WiFi symbol inside a gear

    As a school-based team, reflect on the ]Robust Infrastructure within your building/district. Take an inventory of what you currently possess. What do you need? Are there peripherals needed in combination to the digital tools? Do you need new tools for best practice strategies? The instrument to help guide this work is called the Robust Infrastructure guide.

    Develop your school’s unique Robust Infrastructure plan to provide appropriate student engagement and activities to promote student achievement. The Future Ready Robust Infrastructure page will aid in comprehension of each topic and provide resources while planning. This is a framework; please add other areas that pertain to your school’s specific needs.



  • Organize for Collaborative Work: Roles and Responsibilities

    2014-15 will be a time to organize structures and roles toward the implementation year of digital devices and strategies. The following roles and responsibilities are recommended in your organization and planning.



  • Reflect on your SIP, consider the digital learning Implementation Model and how it will impact your goals.