School Success

We’ve worked with a number of schools and districts ranging from small rural to large suburban.  Below you’ll find a few success stories of the work we’ve been a part of – please contact us to become the next success story!

Suburban High School, 9-12, 3100 students

Their Reality:

The math department of a large high school was looking to infuse more technology into their instructional practices.  With a few current SmartBoards and a small influx of technology dollars they were searching for the right solution to advance student learning and equitable opportunities in their courses.  

Our Solution:

Following the evaluation of teaching practices, student needs, and teacher goals, it was necessary to re-evaluate the general approach to teaching and learning and emphasize the importance of facilitation and instructional coaching.  Tablets, wireless projectors, and instructional training allowed the teachers to break free from the traditional teacher-led classroom.

Suburban High School, 9-12, 2600 students

Their Realty:

As a short-staffed, brand new school, the administrators, teachers, and support staff were looking for opportunities to improve efficiency through internal communications and processes.  With limited funds and a desire to prioritize impact on students over staff administrative tasks, they believed that there may be some technology solutions.   

Our Solution:

Working with teachers, support staff and administrators we were able to streamline required processes for facility operations, maintenance requests, and room reservations – saving teachers and staff precious time.  Through this process we also helped them expand their internal communications around student learning and teacher collaboration (student support teams, identification of students for remediation, and tracking RTI data).

Rural High School District, 9-12, 1300 students

Their Reality:

Lack of funding and forward planning found them with outdated technology hardware (devices and infrastructure).  They knew that incremental refresh cycles were not the answer to preparing students for the 21st century workforce.  

Our Solution:

After working closely with the technology staff, the superintendent, and various board committees, a district technology plan was collaboratively developed with short and long term goals – tied to student outcomes.  Starting with infrastructure improvements and device pilots allowed the teachers to build confidence in their abilities and understanding of learning truly transformed by technology.

Suburban/Rural School District, K-12, 18,000 students

Their Reality:

A past history of site based decision-making regarding technology purchases left technology access disparities across the schools.  The community, teachers, and leadership of the district recognized to bring curriculum alignment and progressive instructional strategies to all students across the district but those C&I efforts were impeded by technology inconsistencies.

Our Solution:

Following an extensive hardware audit, we brought leaders of curriculum and technology together with school principals to develop new processes and priorities for consistent technology decision-making and procurement.  This team was also able to identify steps necessary to maximize limited funds by aligning the district’s technology plan to coincide with the curriculum review cycle and adoption of new state standards and enhanced instructional strategies.

Suburban/Rural High Schools, 9-12, 8,700 students

Their Reality:

High school students, their parents, and the leadership identified the need to increase student opportunity to advanced coursework and better prepare students for their futures in college and career.  With outdated board policies, a host of procedural, logistical, and contractual problems, and uncertain criteria to evaluate online curriculum the schools were left without clear direction.

Our Solution:

Working with district policy committees and facilitating conversations between the union representatives and school leadership a plan was established to bring online learning to the schools.  Concurrent conversations, planning, and action steps with school department chairs helped to increase staff buy-in and comfort level with teaching in an online environment.

Suburban School District, K-8, 4,800 students

Their Reality:

Both internal and external communication around teaching, learning, and grading was inconsistent for teachers and parents alike.  There was a deep desire to streamline the report card process, provide more meaningful feedback to students and parents, and transition to standards-based grading to coincide with the newly released standards.  

Our Solution:

Surveys, interviews, and observations revealed the desires of the stakeholders to have more real-time information on student learning.  With key district stakeholders, we reviewed and assess various systems (Assessment, Learning, Communication) and ultimately facilitated the process of piloting, procuring, training, and implementing their new system.

Urban Secondary School, 7th-12th, 100 students

Their Reality:

Recognizing the amazing results of their boutique and personalized school programs, the school principal and board knew the next phase of their school was to accelerate learning using technology.  With 4 working computers, hit-or-miss WiFi, and a novice teaching staff, they wondered how to make their vision become a reality.

Our Solution:

Working closely with the principal and board we first identified and formalized the components of their programs that were truly excellent and worth accelerating.  This refining and focusing process revealed a clear plan to take a measured approach to technology implementation – Infrastructure, Devices, and Apps – all while mentoring the faculty and providing training of pedagogical best practices.