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  • St. Tammany Parish School Board

    Technology Plan

    April 19, 2007

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    St. Tammany Parish School Board Technology Plan

    SCHOOL BOARD and SUPERINTENDENT

    Name Title Gayle Sloan Superintendent Neal Hennegan District 1 Elizabeth Heintz District 2 Michael Dirmann District 3 Jack Loup District 4 Charles Harrell District 5 Donald Villere District 6 Sorola Jody Palmer District 7 Daniel Zechenelly District 8 Carmen Johnson District 9 Ronald Bettencourtt District 10 Bob Womack District 11 James Ronnie Panks, Sr. District 12 John Lamarque District 13 Ray Alfred District 14 Mary Bellisario District 15

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    St. Tammany Parish School Board Technology Plan

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

    OVERARCHING GOAL: ALL LOUISIANA EDUCATORS AND LEARNERS WILL BENEFIT FROM TECHNOLOGY-RICH ENVIRONMENTS THAT SUPPORT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT AND PRODUCE LIFE LONG LEARNERS ABLE TO SUCCEED IN AN INFORMATION SOCIETY.

    Action Step 1: Strengthen Leadership

    Action Step 2: Improve Teacher Training

    Action Step 3: Support E-Learning and Virtual Schools

    Action Step 4: Encourage Improved Access and Technology Usage

    Appendices Appendix A: Needs Assessment Data Appendix B: System Assurance (signed by Superintendent and Board) Appendix C: School Review Assurance (signed by Superintendent and

    Principals) Appendix D: Technology Plan Development Team Members (listed by name and

    occupation) Appendix E: E-Rate budget Appendix F: E-Rate criteria (5 essential elements)

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    St. Tammany Parish School Board Technology Plan

    INTRODUCTION / OVERVIEW

    INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW The St. Tammany Parish School Boards instructional technology program is well established and securely funded. It has been very successful over the last several years of its existence. Numerous sources of business, district, federal, and state funding such as BellSouth Mini Grants, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Northern Life Insurance Company Programs, St. Tammany Parish School Board General Fund, School PTA, 8(g), Title I, Title II, Title V, Learning Intensive Networking Communities for Success (LINCS), US Department of Education (USDE), 21st Century Community Learning Centers, USDE Fund for the Improvement of Education, Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT), Technology Improvement Grant (TIG), and E-Rate are available to support instructional technology in St. Tammany. Other resources include satellite technology training labs located throughout the district and a state-of-the-art, 23,000 sq. ft. Instructional Technology Center complete with computer training labs, technology rich model classroom, professional development center, distance learning classroom (satellite, Internet, cable TV, and compressed video conferencing), television station, and conference center. Each year, the St. Tammany Parish School Boards Instructional Technology Training Program, which is one of the most extensive and comprehensive in the State, offers numerous instructional technology classes to its teachers, administrators, and school staffs. This program has trained thousands of teachers for tens of thousands of contact hours. In St. Tammany Parish Public Schools, the ratio of students to computers was 19 to 1 at the beginning of the 1997-1998 school year. At the end of the 2005-2006 school year, the ratio was 4 to 1. Classroom observations clearly show that technology integration into the curriculum has begun and in many classrooms is at an advanced stage. Classroom observations also indicate that fundamental change in the teaching and learning processes is taking place. There is movement away from teacher-centered instruction characterized by hands-off and passive learning, memorization and recall of facts and figures, and reliance on textbooks and paper-and-pencil tests towards a student-centered classroom characterized by interactive, cooperative, hands-on, active learning, and the integration of instructional technology and alternative assessment into the curriculum. Teacher surveys indicate that teachers are very enthusiastic about using instructional technology in their classrooms. Teachers also report that they want more hardware, software, and job-embedded professional development.

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    The infusion of instructional technology and teacher training into district schools has been associated with widespread and significant increases in student achievement. Over the last six years, District Performance Scores were always among the highest in the State of Louisiana. LEAP test scores are consistently ranked among the highest in the State of Louisiana. IOWA and ACT scores are consistently ranked above the national average. PLANNING PROCESS A 15 member committee composed of parents, teachers, principals, central office administrators, university faculty, LDE regional education service center staff, and community representatives was convened on February 15, 2007. This committee was charged with revising the district technology plan. The team met face to face and communicated via email to consider changes and additions to the current technology plan. The plan was reviewed by the St. Tammany Parish School Boards Committee as a Whole on March 22, 2007. The technology plan was then brought before the St. Tammany Parish School Board on April 19, 2007, for approval. VISION The St. Tammany Parish School Board's vision is to provide an exemplary school system, widely respected for high standards and first-rate performance and outstanding student achievement. In this System, public schools are valued and supported and a strong partnership exists between educators, students, families, and the community to help ensure that: students have safe, caring environments for learning; students are positively challenged, enriched, and inspired;

    students learn to be self-motivated and life-long learners, prepared for life's pursuits; and

    students learn to be responsible and contributing members of a global society. To develop responsible life-long learners who are able to achieve and excel in a global society of continuing technological advancement, the St. Tammany Parish School Board shall invest in state-of-the-art equipment and services, ensure teacher and staff development opportunities, and continuously maintain and upgrade its instructional technology base. STATEMENT OF BELIEFS We believe that:

    o public education is an investment in the future of our country and is the foundation for an informed democratic society;

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    o high standards of performance and continuous improvement are essential for high-quality education;

    o knowledge of basic skills and critical thinking form the foundation for life-long learning;

    o excellence in education and accountability for student success are best achieved through cooperative vision and effort of students, families, educators, and community;

    o all students can learn to their potential given appropriate expectations, challenging curricula, and high-quality instruction that addresses the individual learning styles, developmental levels, and backgrounds of students;

    o school curricula should be engaging, challenging, and responsive to the changing needs of society;

    o technology skills are essential for enhancing communication, broadening sources of information, and functioning in a technology-rich society;

    o a safe and caring school environment that supports the well-being and positive self-worth of students is fundamental to a high-quality education;

    o teaching citizenship and modeling respect and ethical behavior are important to help students become productive, responsible members of our technology based society;

    o the School District must attract and retain exemplary employees and must provide ongoing professional development that meets the needs of students, staff, and community;

    o open, ongoing communication is necessary to build trust and cooperation; o the school must address the intellectual, physical, social, emotional, and creative

    needs of students; o a carefully planned developmental curriculum that is constantly evaluated,

    updated, and uniformly implemented is essential; o learning opportunities reach beyond the classroom and the school and result

    from local school/parental/community involvement; o learning activities are designed to meet the individual needs of the learner; o individual abilities and interests of students are valued, and the curriculum

    reinforces positive self-concept and self-worth of students; o the classroom teacher is the single most important factor influencing learning in

    the school setting; o the role of the classroom teacher is to provide appropriate tasks and experiences

    that enable students to learn at a pace that allows daily successes; o a firm foundation in the basic skills subjects is the basis for a sound educational

    program; o ancillary school services provide support to the teacher and the students; and o the education of children is a shared responsibility of school, parent, and

    community;