On behalf of its 20 component districts and the non-public schools located within its boundaries, Erie 1 BOCES will develop a comprehensive program focused on Leadership and System Change through Technology Innovation. Administrators and Instructional Leaders from districts and non-public schools will form cohorts that will combine to create a consortium dedicated to increasing student achievement through leadership and system change. This grant project offers the opportunity to service approximately 80 administrators, 1,000 teachers and over 20,000 students in the first year. To build capacity, the leadership cohorts will turnkey training and disseminate knowledge to their districts and schools, which will increase the number of teachers and students serviced to approximately 200, 7,000 and 50,000, respectively, by the third year.
The goals of the current EETT grant (2008-09) are to provide educators from the Western New York (WNY) region with an awareness of how education is being revolutionized to meet the needs of the 21st century learner, as well as expose them to the technologies and tools used by innovative practitioners. Based on the goals of this grant proposal, participants will receive direct instruction related to effective use of technology to impact student achievement. Building on the knowledge, feedback and successes stemming from the current grant program, the Erie 1 BOCES (E1B) project will be differentiated to target the needs of educational leaders at both an administrative and instructional level. This differentiated model will address all three sub-themes of the Leadership and System Change category outlined in the grant RFP.
Focusing on the Educational Leadership in Technology Infusion sub-theme, E1B will create a web-based community, the Educational Leaders Portal, modeled after such respected and successful sites as California’s Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL). The portal will serve as a central, virtual location for information, research, and resources on technology-related issues pertaining specifically to district- and building-level administrators. To address the sub-theme of System Change, administrators will actively participate in the Educational Leaders Forum, a focus group, which will meet to discuss and form consensus on policies, procedures, appropriate technology use, recommended resources, and promising practices; the outcomes and/or products of the group will be used to populate the portal.
Increasingly, research shows that technology, when used appropriately and effectively, can have a significant impact on student achievement, as well as increase 21st Century skills, including collaboration, problem solving, and inquiry skills. It also suggests that ongoing, scaffolded professional development is integral to successful technology and 21st century skills integration. To address this need (and sub-theme three), E1B will develop a sequential, sustained, multi-modal professional development program. These professional development opportunities, which will build capacity for educational leaders to turnkey training to colleagues, will address the varying developmental stages of all participants. By focusing the grant's efforts on developing the leadership qualities of administrators and teacher leaders on a differentiated basis, as well as facilitating and encouraging collaboration and shared decision-making between the two groups, E1B will build critical mass, achieve system change, and positively impact student achievement. Administrators and instructional leaders will come together throughout the three-year project to engage in collaborative discussions and planning sessions centered on improving the quality of technology and 21st century skills integration.
Through the 21st Century Learning Series, a multi-faceted professional development program, E1B will transition teachers and administrators from learning how to use basic technology tools and Web 2.0 applications, to identifying, developing and evaluating innovative learning opportunities that will positively impact student achievement and meet the needs of all learners. Thus, participants will build foundational knowledge for using and integrating educational technology into the curriculum that is aligned with New York State Learning Standards and Performance Indicators, as well as assess the impact of the instructional strategies on student achievement.
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