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Superintendent Noris Price of Baldwin County School District received the President’s Award from the Georgia School Superintendents Association.

Noris Price received the Georgia School Superintendents Association’s President Award for her work on student achievement, improvements to Baldwin County School District buildings, and the launch of a Montessori Academy.

Providers respond: “What are some common misconceptions schools have when purchasing charging and storage platforms? How can K12 leaders plan to make the right purchase for their district?”

Charging and storage capabilities: Alabama, California, Pennsylvania and Texas districts at a glance

The challenge for Grapevine-Colleyville ISD in Texas was to make it easier for students to have their devices repaired at school.

Matthew Joseph is director of digital learning and innovation for Milford Public Schools in Massachusetts.

Matthew Joseph, who led the first 1-to-1 device rollout in a Massachusetts public school more than a decade ago, is now overseeing another implementation. His advice: Empower staff with a shared vision and a culture of risk-taking and trust.

Charging and storage solutions are selected not just for their main functions, but also to maximize instruction time. Here are innovative solutions from district technology officials and vendors.

When North Carolina adopted the Common Core in 2012, Principal Sherry Robinson and her staff at Bald Creek Elementary School spent the year feeling at a loss. The rural Title I school was facing its usual host of challenges—a high achievement gap, a transient population and at-risk students—but now it lacked the resources to shape an instruction plan.

Over the summer, a veteran teacher recommended Mentoring Minds’ Total Motivation, a Common Core-aligned curriculum that includes instructional support for teachers. “We came to a consensus. We wanted to try it,” says Robinson.

Mike Daugherty is director of technology and information systems at Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools in Ohio.

Here are three communication strategies to help educate families and keep them connected when implementing new technology initiatives.

From left to right: Kay Benning, Director of Library Services, Elmbrook Schools (Wis.); Edwin Tucker, Account Manager, OverDrive Education.

Digital reading platforms can enable more personalized learning by providing engaging, interactive and customizable digital content to both students and educators in all subject areas, as well as supplemental curriculum materials, professional development resources, ELL and special education titles, and more.

TOUCH POINTS—Apps have provided new, more nimble learning alternatives at Kent Intermediate School District in Michigan.

More elaborate technology has opened up more possibilities for students with a range of needs. In some schools, robots now help children develop social-emotional skills.

Derrick Brown, CIO,  Evergreen Public Schools

Since joining Evergreen Public Schools four years ago, Derrick Brown has overseen implementation of a districtwide 1-to-1 program.

Barbers Hill ISD is a suburban district along the upper Texas Gulf Coast, and it was one of the first districts in the state with a 1-to-1 Chromebook program.

Following some maintenance and repair issues with students who took their laptops home after school, Barbers Hill decided its 1-to-1 program would continue only in the classroom.

Kim Muldrow, a systems support specialist for Barbers Hill, wanted a solution that differed from laptop carts. That’s when PowerGistics Towers came into the equation during the summer of 2015.

The Pennsbury School District in Pennsylvania has embarked on a wide ranging Future Ready initiative, seeking to provide ubiquitous access to technology for its 10,500 students while creating a culture of digital, personalized teaching and learning. The initiative included replacing outdated desktops and shared laptop carts with 1:1 Chromebooks and updating the district’s technology infrastructure. Crucial to its success, has been taking an inclusive approach to ensure that the perspectives of all members of the community were included in developing the initiative.

Today’s computer charging stations not only provide power, they also allow teachers to effortlessly transport an entire classroom’s laptops and tablets.

Here’s how schools and districts overcome six potential pitfalls after adopting self-paced learning.

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