Instruction Current Situation Since 2000 implementation of the integration of technology in Success Institute has evolved from individual teacher training to encompass a more system-wide approach. The tremendous growth in curriculum integration, teacher effectiveness, and system-wide communication along with enthusiasm for and commitment to the concepts supporting instructional technology through cooperation and planning among the technology, facilitators and teaches have made this achievement possible. The Success Institute administration has worked together to make instructional technology a priority. Teachers of Success Institute understand the issues surrounding the digital divide and recognize the pedagogical divide as it relates to classroom educators. Our school has embraced instructional technology as a tool to implement our academic plan; yet we continue to face the challenges of hardware acquisition and upgrades, technical support, and scheduling of staff development. Prior to 2004, teachers received individual and isolated training on software skills and technology integration through Compuchild. All teaches and staff received individual training session. Success Institute middle grade students received technological training at Mitchell Community College on employability, and career development. Vision Technology integration enhances teaching and learning, which results in an educational setting that appeals to all learning styles. Technology integration is one of the key components in helping students achieve academic success. Therefore, all teachers of Success Institute will infuse technology into their daily classroom instruction that integrates with the Standard Course of Study, with particular emphasis on the Information Skills and Technology/Computer Skills curricula on a daily basis. Additionally, technology will be accessible to all students, teachers, administrators and staff. Strategic Plan Goal: To integrate technology to enhance the learning experiences of diverse learners. Planned Objectives and Outcomes The following goals have been identified as an integral part of supporting the vision statement through technology integration and infusion: 1. All teachers will be able to integrate technology to curricular lesson plans to meet the requirements of the Success Institute technology scope and sequence that will enhance student achievement and support the production of authentic, quality student work. 2. Students will be taught technology-specific skills by the classroom teachers and these skills will be reinforced/practiced in the context of the academic program. 3. All teachers will utilize online tools to manage the curriculum resources, and track student performance, and communicate student progress with their students' parents. 4. All staff members will have access to a computer in order to develop technology skills and knowledge of applications appropriate for their roles and responsibilities in the school. 5. The school will continuously seek additional funding sources to improve student access to computers. 6. The school principal will initiate and encourage participation in a professional development program that serves the specific needs of his or her teachers and staff. 7. Technology professional development will be delivered in multiple mediums to meet various needs of individual teachers. 8. The school will assess the effectiveness of its professional development and establish new school-level goals annually. 9. The school will hire a part - time Technologist who is dedicated and responsible for the professional development of students, teachers and staff in technology. 10. A copy of the school's acceptable use policy will be provided to every student in the school and enforced through school-wide policies. Students without a signed SUP or internet agreement will not be granted access to computers nor the internet. 11. To provide technology training to our parents to increase parental involvement and communications with our school. 12. All teachers and staff will be proficient in using electronic tools (i.e., E-mail, instant messaging, messaging boards, etc.) to communicate and collaborate with other people throughout the organization to enhance student achievement. 13. The school will develop a plan for seeking external funding to develop and sustain the addition of instructional computing resources, curriculum, and professional development.
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