Paulding County School District: TechEds Model Classroom Project
A recent accreditation review revealed Georgia’s Paulding County School District was falling behind on classroom technology integration.
And on school walk-throughs, administrators found that, in many cases, the classroom technology in classrooms was only being used by teachers (but not by students) and mainly for presentation and drills.
At the same time, teachers were craving professional development in instructional technology. That led to the creation in 2014 of the TechEds program, a partnership between the district and Kennesaw State University’s iTeach Center. Its three-pronged approach includes six full days of face-to face-training, individual coaching throughout the school year, and continuous virtual learning through the district’s LMS.
So far, 30 teachers have been extensively trained to integrate technology tools into the curriculum. They have also been trained in technology-based pedagogy and classroom management strategies.
Prior to the initiative, 33 percent of teachers reported using technology monthly or less frequently. After the initiative, 100 percent of teachers report using technology on a weekly or daily basis. And, all of them say their students are using technology daily or weekly now.
“The TechEds program has given teachers the skills to fully integrate technology in the classroom setting, which will result in a higher level of student engagement and achievement,” Superintendent Cliff Cole says. “This initiative has created a group of technology leaders in our district. The hope is these teachers will share their learning with their peers in their schools.”
In recognition of the innovation and success of this initiative, Paulding County School District has been named a District of Distinction by District Administration. Paulding County was among 30 districts that were honored in the July 2015 round of Districts of Distinction, the magazine’s national recognition program.
“We are pleased to honor Paulding County as a District of Distinction,” says JD Solomon, editorial director at District Administration magazine. “Like all our honorees, Paulding County School District serves as a model for school leaders across the country.”