NSBA Recognizes Top School Districts for Technology Innovations

 

Alexandria, VA – August 12 – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) has named three school systems as Salute Districts in recognition of their focus on technology to promote student achievement.  District officials will be honored at the 2005 T+L2 Conference in Denver, Colo., October 26-28, 2005.

Richland School District Two in Columbia, S.C ., Clarke County School District, Athens, Ga., and Northside Independent School District, San Antonio, Texas, are the three school systems receiving the award. The Salute District is a peer-recognition program that showcases school districts that use technology to impact learning positively.

"For these school districts, technology is not an isolated subject left to a few teachers, but a resource the entire staff embraces to ensure their students have the preparation and experiences they need to be successful in the future,” said Ann Flynn, NSBA director of education technology.

"Our Salute Districts have an appropriate vision for technology and have provided the necessary support to make it a reality.” 

Richland School District Two, which has about 20,000 students and is one of the fastest growing districts in South Carolina, has focused on a newly created district vision to integrate modern technologies with every aspect of the educational process.    

The district has devised its own software, TestView, which allows teachers to use up-to-the-minute student performance data to drive instructional decisions.  Last year, the district licensed the software to VC3, Inc., for regional and national marketing. 

For additional information, contact:  Tom Cranmer at 803-738-3278 or mailto://cranmer@richland2.org

The Clarke County School District in Athens, Ga ., which has about 11,500 students, has focused on preparing district leaders to understand how technology can help them achieve academic goals. 

One of the district’s initiatives involved providing extra technology resources to raise performance levels of students in one of its poorest and smallest elementary schools.  Following the infusion of technology and staff resources, almost 70 percent of students now meet or exceed state standards. 

For additional information, contact:  Paul Sims at 706-227-7830 x20444.

Northside Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas, which has about 75,000 students and is the state’s sixth largest district, has consistently and effectively used technology tools to reform and restructure the school environment with the goal of improved academic achievement and success for all students.  In turn, the community has approved bond issues that raised more than $120 million for technology in the last nine years.       

One of the district’s initiatives involves developing technology intensive classrooms where each student uses a high speed computer as part of the instruction process.  The students use the computers for the majority of their work, which allows teachers to integrate new software, streaming video, and digital photography into lessons.   

For additional information, contact:  Kelly Smith at 210-397-8195.

The T+L2 Conference, now in its 20th year, focuses on showcasing ways in which proven technology tools and strategies can help close the student achievement gap.

Founded in 1940, the National School Boards Association is a not-for profit federation of state associations of school boards representing 95,000 local school board members throughout the United States. Its mission is to foster excellence and equity in public elementary and secondary education through local school board leadership. NSBA represents the school board perspective in working with federal government agencies and national organizations that affect education, and by providing vital information and services to state associations of school boards throughout the nation.

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