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Leading Technology-Rich Schools: Award-Winning Models for Success

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This timely book shows how award-winning secondary schools and districts are successfully using technology and making systemic changes to increase student engagement, improve achievement, and re-invigorate the teaching and learning process. Through in-depth case studies, we see how experienced school and district leaders use technology in curricular, administrative, and analytical ways to meet the needs of 21st-century learners, educators, and communities. These cases reveal important details addressed by the ...

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Overview

This timely book shows how award-winning secondary schools and districts are successfully using technology and making systemic changes to increase student engagement, improve achievement, and re-invigorate the teaching and learning process. Through in-depth case studies, we see how experienced school and district leaders use technology in curricular, administrative, and analytical ways to meet the needs of 21st-century learners, educators, and communities. These cases reveal important details addressed by the leadership of these schools and districts that go beyond what they did with technology to include changes in school culture, curriculum and teaching, uses of assessment data, financial considerations, infrastructure, and involvement with the community.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807753347
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 4/13/2012
  • Series: Technology & Education, Connections (TEC)
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 816,747
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xiii

Foreword Dennis Sparks xv

1 An Introduction: Investigating Leadership, Technology, and School Improvement 1

Rationale for This Book 2

Framework for Understanding Technology and Leadership 5

Case Studies of Effective Leadership 9

Identifying Our Cases 10

Considering Appropriate Methods 11

Summary and Organization of the Book 13

2 What Visionary Leaders Do: The Case of Walton Middle School, Albemarle County Public Schools, VA 15

Context 16

Students and Opportunities 18

Leadership Practices 19

Professional Development 23

Technology and Technology Infrastructure 24

Changes in Teaching and Learning 25

Noteworthy Outcomes 28

Challenges 28

Lessons Learned: Key Factors for Success 29

Postscript 33

3 Engaging in Systemic Planning: The Case of Rose Hill Junior High School, Lake Washington School District, Redmond, WA 35

District Context 36

School Context 38

Leadership Practices 38

History of Technology Integration at Rose Hill 40

Rollout of 1:1 Initiative 41

Technology Support 43

Using Technology for Assessment 43

Changes in Teaching and Learning 44

Teachers Views of Leadership 46

Professional Development 47

Noteworthy Outcomes 48

Challenges 49

Lessons Learned: Key Factors for Success 50

4 Working Towards a Cutting-Edge Vision: The Case of Godfrey-Lee Public Schools, Wyoming, MI 53

Context 55

Leadership Practices 57

Implementation Process: Three Different Initiatives 59

Professional Development 67

Changes in Teaching and Learning 68

Noteworthy Outcomes 70

Challenges 71

Lessons Learned: Key Factors for Success 71

Epilogue 74

5 When Funds Are Limited: The Case of Simley High School, Inver Grove Heights Community School District, Inver Grove, MN 75

Context 77

Implementation Process 80

Leadership Practices 82

Technology and Technology Support Structures 83

Professional Development 84

Changes in Teaching and Learning 85

Noteworthy Outcomes 88

Challenges 90

Lessons Learned: Key Factors for Success 91

6 Creating a Culture for 21st-century Learners: The Case of Chesapeake High School, Baltimore County Public Schools, MD 95

District Context 96

School Context 98

Implementation Process 99

Leadership Practices 100

Curricular Changes and Technology Integration 102

Technology Support 104

Changes in Curriculum and Technology Use 105

Professional Development 109

Noteworthy Outcomes 110

Challenges 112

Lessons Learned: Key Factors for Success 112

7 Deliberate and Focused: The Case of Mooresville High School, Mooresville Graded School District, Mooresville, NC 115

Context 117

Leadership Practices 118

Implementation Process 119

District Leadership 120

Technology Support Structure 122

Professional Development 123

Changes in Teaching and Learning 124

Noteworthy Outcomes 127

Challenges 128

Lessons Learned: Key Factors for Success 131

8 Using Data for Continuous Improvement: The Case of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Academy 135

Context of the District 136

Demographics, History, and Culture of STEM Academy 137

Culture and Curriculum at STEM Academy 139

Teachers at STEM Academy 142

Leadership Practices 144

Assessment System and Uses of Data 146

Technology and Technology Support 147

Teaching and Learning 149

Professional Development 149

Noteworthy Outcomes 150

Challenges 151

Lessons Learned: Key Factors for Success 152

9 The Value of Partnerships: The Case of New Tech High School, Napa Valley Unified School District, CA 157

Context 159

School Culture and Climate 161

Leadership Practices 163

Implementation Process 164

Curriculum and Assessment 165

Technology and Technology Support 167

Professional Development 169

Changes in Teaching and Learning 170

Noteworthy Outcomes 172

Challenges 173

Lessons Learned: Key Factors for Success 174

10 Putting It All Together: Lessons Learned About Leadership, Technology, and School Improvement 179

Having Clear Vision, Mission, and Goals 181

Making Changes to Achieve Your Goals 183

Enacting Distributed Leadership Practices 184

Planning, Planning, and More Planning 187

Figuring Out Funding Sources for Technology 188

Technology Infrastructure and Support 189

Providing Ongoing Professional Development 191

Attending to School Culture 192

Changing Curriculum and Instruction 193

Collaborations and Partnerships 195

Implications for Districts and Policy Makers 196

Summary and Conclusion 197

References 199

Index 203

About the Authors 215

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