NSBA Celebrates 25 Years of Hosting Technology Site Visits by Showcasing Innovation in Education Technology


Districts in Klein, Texas; Cullman, Ala.; Surprise, Ariz.; and Las Vegas, Nev. to Feature Outstanding Technology Initiatives in Upcoming Site Visits

Alexandria, Va.  (December 5, 2011) – The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network (TLN) will visit school districts in Alabama, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas this winter and spring to showcase outstanding use of educational technology.

Since 1987, TLN has served local district leadership teams that establish policy and implement technology decisions to enhance teaching and learning, administrative operations, and community outreach.

“Through NSBA’s technology site visits, school leaders are able to see education technology innovation in action and develop their own successful initiatives,” said Ann Flynn, NSBA's Director of Education Technology. “This is a great opportunity for school leaders to witness classrooms where curriculum goals drive technology decisions.” 

School districts selected to host this year’s events are located in Klein, Texas; Cullman, Ala.; Surprise, Ariz.; and Las Vegas, Nev.

Klein Independent School District, Klein, Texas, February 19-21, 2012
Located near Houston, Klein ISD is a highly diverse 46,000-student district. On the site visit, school leaders will see the district’s Technology Baseline Standard Initiative in action. The initiative assures all students have ready access to a suite of technology tools, and teachers are prepared to maximize those tools through an updated curriculum. Visionary leadership and job-embedded professional development are critical factors in the district’s accomplishments, which include the deployment of more than 8,600 tablet PCs.  Led by Jim Cain, one of 2010’s 10 “Tech-Savvy Superintendents,” the visit is conveniently scheduled to coincide with the conclusion of the American Association of School Administrators’ annual conference.

Cullman City Schools, Cullman, Ala., February 29-March 2, 2012
The Cullman City Schools, under the leadership of Jan Harris, also a 2010 “Tech-Savvy Superintendent,” has documented significant gains in student achievement since launching its 1:1 Laptop Initiative in 2006. Cullman serves 3,000 students in its five schools and was the first Alabama district to provide laptops and wireless Internet access to students and educators. A past TLN Salute District and Consortium of School Networking Team Award winner, Cullman has used technology resources to mirror real-world applications, expand opportunities for all students through distance learning, and make global connections via video conferencing.   

Dysart Unified School District No. 89, Surprise, Ariz., April 1-3, 2012
With a 25,000-student population, the fast-growing, innovative Dysart Unified School District was recognized as a 2010 TLN Salute District. Home of two past TLN “20 to Watch” educators, Dysart provides Instructional Growth Teachers at each campus who coach other teachers. The district also has developed iPal (an integrated data tool to provide dynamic assessment data), online curriculum maps, and professional development opportunities. Participants will learn about iSchool, the district’s online high school, how Innovation Ambassadors at each campus are modeling ways to integrate technology, and how New Century Learning in the classroom is keeping Dysart at the forefront of education technology.

Clark County School District, Las Vegas, Nev., April 25-27, 2012
The Clark County School District, the nation’s fifth largest with nearly 310,000 students, encompasses both Las Vegas and its outlying communities. Ranked first in last year’s Digital School District Survey by  the Center for Digital Education and NSBA , Clark County uses technology to provide enterprise systems that support the business of learning and provide engaging 21st century experiences for all students. From cyberbullying prevention initiatives and “bring your own device” pilot programs, to online professional development and extensive use of social networking systems, this visit offers examples of innovation that can be applied in districts of any size.

More details on the technology site visits are available at http://www.nsba.org/tlnsitevisits.

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