Sioux Central Community School District
Sioux Rapids, Iowa
As one of the state’s leaders in integrating technology into instruction, Frazier is in his sixth year as superintendent of the Sioux Central Community School District. The district provides laptops, iPods, and iPads for students in pre-kindergarten through third grade, and it operates a one-to-one laptop program for grades 4-12. By standardizing devices, all students have equal access to online resources as well as hardware and applications.
Professional development has been a key to the laptop initiative’s success, and Frazier knows that teachers’ comfort level will dictate how often and how effectively technology is used. Toward this end, Frazier created the position of technology integration specialist within the district. This teacher’s primary duty is to provide ongoing support in ed-tech integration for classroom teachers. To help support classroom instruction, Frazier also created a new district website where every teacher has access to powerful interactive web tools.
The school board conducts paperless meetings and posts agendas online, linking each agenda item to information and documentation advising the board’s actions. Under Frazier’s leadership, the district actively engages in social media, maintaining a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and a YouTube channel. An active blogger himself, Frazier recently had his blog featured in the January 2012 issue of AASA’s School Administrator magazine.