Classroom walkthroughs are one thing that make a difference in Mooresville N.C. Graded School District, a district that the U.S. Department of Education uses as a prime example of districts doing it right.
"Part of my role on the curriculum side is to work with our curriculum director, our facilitators, our principals and our teachers about what that looks like and, then, how we evaluate it. Part of my job is doing classroom walkthroughs. Not many tech directors do that. We’re a 21st-century district, and we have the digital tools and resources; we need to be using them to the best of our ability. Part of my job is to help teachers and administrators move into that environment. It’s a process, and I’m certainly no expert on it. But I know enough to say, 'Why don’t you think about doing it this way?' or 'That was a great example of using a discussion forum to have students give feedback. We need to share that with other folks.' I typically do the walkthroughs with the executive director of curriculum so that we can compare notes, because he looks at it from a different eye than I do. We always give the schools feedback on what we’ve seen, and what the outstanding works were, and where areas of improvement might be," says Scott Smith, chief technology officer at Mooresville Graded School District.