Empower innovative teachers to replicate their success among their peers.
Create positive agents for change, while learning important technology, collaboration, and leadership skills.
Increase Administrator Capacity by creating teacher leaders that help facilitate ongoing technology initiatives.
Provide teachers with the resources and confidence to provide professional development that informs, builds excitement for, and supports Technology Learning Initiatives
iSchool Initiative works with administrators to identify a select group of educators from their district who exemplify what it means to be a “Technology Champion”. This program is designed to prepare teachers to become leaders in their communities. Teachers will have access to virtual content to build their own professional learning programs and access to a community of other online educational professionals.
One of the biggest challenges schools face is building the right culture. Educators who are not invested in the initiative are usually not prepared to leverage technology in their classroom. Often, teachers feel change is forced on them, leading them to fear that change. This inevitably results in no change.
Lasting change must come from within. It’s essential to gain buy-in from educators in order to leverage technology for a successful transformation. We believe in empowering local educators to lead that charge and gain support from all stakeholders.
1 - (How) Building technical skill specialists
Increasing technical knowledge and abilities for teachers through personalized training on changing technology
Practical applications and resources for content specific technology
Providing opportunities for classroom implementation of content
2 - (Why) Developing self-efficacy
Developing self-efficacy amongst teachers with technology within a collaborative environment
Training teachers to develop specific and effective professional development workshops
Reflection and development on current and future practices
3 - (What) Building a collaborative learning environment
Creating a collaborative internal network between teachers
Empowering teachers to inspire others and be leaders in their communities
Inspiring lifelong learning, peer-to-peer reflection, teachers leading district trainings
1 - Building self-led problem solvers
Teachers becoming more aware of problem solving skills concerning technology increasing internal IT support on campuses
Increasing teacher’s technical knowledge and abilities to support school-wide technology initiatives
Creating self-led technical problem solvers on a school’s campus
2 - Building a strong culture around technology integration
Access to iSchool professional development database content
Creating a train-the-trainer environment to increase ongoing learning
Developing a robust training and support through teacher-led professional development
3 - Enhancing the student engagement within the learning environment
Students receive more engaging learning experience
Increasing the amount of technology utilizes within lessons
Phase 1 - Understanding Your Needs
Description: A form for the district to complete prior to program.
Goal: Provide iSchool Initiative with details about what outcomes you would like to achieve with this program.
Timeline: One to two months before the training begins.
Phase 2 - Building Teacher Profiles
Description: A form teachers complete prior to program.
Goal: Provide iSchool Initiative with details about each teacher before the three day training. Teachers will be able to select whether they want to be certified in creating Workshops, Stations, or Projects.
Timeline: Two to four weeks before the training begins.
Phase 3 - Three Day Training
Description: This event is filled with challenging activities and impactful learning opportunities.
Goal: The training focuses on inspiring and equipping teachers with the tools and knowledge to replicate themselves. By the end of this event they will have the necessary skills to help lead any technology initiative.
Timeline: The program lasts for 3 days and requires at least 6 hours a day.
Phase 4 - Follow Up and Long Term Objectives
Description: Technology Champions are encouraged to continue their own growth and help build the right culture around technology in the classroom. The iSi Team will be available to meet virtually as requested and continue to share best practices. In addition, technology champions may be invited to speak at other iSchool Initiative events.
Goal: Support a culture of lifelong learning and assist the Technology Champions in delivering great professional development.
Timeline: Dependent on school or district
Phase 5 - Long Term District Benefits
Description: As Technology Champions continue to strengthen their skill sets in the various areas covered over the three-day program, our team will continue to provide digital professional development opportunities for teachers. Not only will teachers and coaches continue to gain information and resources to utilize within their lessons, districts will have the opportunity to measure the growth of the teachers’ education technology abilities over the school year from our ongoing self-assessments.
Goal: To continue growing Technology Champions by providing resources and information that will add value to classroom curriculum and improve the student learning experience.
Timeline: 6 months post-program.
iSchool Initiative works with administrators to identify a select group of educators from their district who exemplify what it means to be a “Technology Champion”. These educators are enrolled in the iSi Certified Teacher program, a three-day intensive training designed to prepare teachers to become leaders in their communities. In addition to this three day course, teachers will have access to virtual content to build their own professional learning programs, access to a community of other online educational professionals, and be invited to speak and share their success at educational events around the country.
Scope of Work
Teacher Culture Assessment - Teachers who attend the program will fill out a culture assessment that evaluates their Mindset, Self Efficacy, and Technical Literacy before the program, and a year later.
Face-to-face training - iSchool Initiative will provide 3 facilitators to deliver the first unit of modules in this program over three days. During these three days, teachers will receive a certification in one of the following PD Designs: Workshops, Stations, Projects, or Courses.
Professional Development Platform - Each teacher will be given a subscription to our PD Platform for an entire year. On this platform, teachers can browse 100’s of PD modules created by other teachers to implement in their district.
Teacher Created PD - Teachers who become certified will be able to upload their own modules into our PD Platform. These modules can then be shared with the district and implemented.
Teacher Professional Learning Network - Teachers will have access throughout the year to consult with our team in coming up with new PD and classroom ideas. In addition, they will be able to connect with other educators that have been certified.
Two teachers participating in the training were so excited on Day 2 that they left for lunch to visit with their principal and discuss opportunities for providing a similar experience for their campus.
White Settlement ISD
If you want to inspire your teachers to become passionate about blended learning, just invite the iSchool team to your school for a motivating training!