What are your edtech resolutions?

We asked 22 teachers and administrators to share their new year’s goals; here’s what they hope to accomplish in 2019

Use data more effectively to support students
Jean Smith, 5/6th-grade teacher, Van Buren Public Schools, Michigan

“My 2019 goal is to better support my students’ instructional needs using data analyzed through my Illuminate Education assessments and progress monitoring.”

Encourage students to be safer on-  and offline
Cody Walker, technology director, West Rusk County (TX) Consolidated Independent School District

“We will aim to provide a safer online experience for our students and staff while maintaining the enjoyment of using technology in the classroom.

“We will strive to further educate our students on the importance of appropriate behavior when participating in online digital citizenship.”

Go paperless and expand our computer science offerings
Aimee Kroll, computer science teacher, Decatur Central High School, Indiana

“My goal is to become paperless in 2019. Our district gives us the tools to make this happen; I just want to make sure it is not at the expense of student learning.

“I want to grow our computer science department. My hope is for every student to know that they can code.”

Continue to improve the tech experience
Chris Lehmann, chief executive officer/founding principal, Science Leadership Academy Schools, Philadelphia

“I want to continue to work to make sure that the technological systems that we build for our students are thoughtfully designed so that the technology enables more complex work and that the interfaces students use never get in the way of the learning.”

Clarify the importance of edtech
Mark Hess, executive director of instruction, technology & assessment, Walled Lake (MI) Consolidated School District

“My New Year’s resolution is to redirect people who refer to edtech as an add-on or ‘nice to have’ in the classroom and tell them that edtech is sound instructional pedagogy in today’s learning environment.”

Get smarter about safety and security
Shelley Weiss, director of summer school and district safety initiative lead, Sun Prairie (WI) Area School District

“My resolution is to increase my knowledge and skills in the area of school safety and security with the end goal of supporting our district to be a leader in providing a safe, secure, and welcoming environment for all. We want to be a district that others emulate!”

Support the whole child throughout the district
Dr. Lisa L. Micou, social emotional learning specialist; Erica Gervais, positive behavior interventions & support specialist; Dr. Connie Honsinger, trauma informed care specialist; and Jeanean Phelps, restorative practices specialist, Chesterfield County (VA) Public Schools

“We resolve to continue supporting the growth of the whole child by providing increasingly intensive supports to elementary students and staff through a multi-tiered system integrating PBIS, Trauma-Informed Practices, and SEL. Frequent analysis of school data (DESSA, discipline, attendance, academic) will be used to identify needs and measure the impact of our approach.

“At the elementary level, we resolve to develop a plan for supporting student needs at advanced tiers of intervention using an SEL/restorative lens.

“We resolve to develop a plan to integrate PBIS, TIC, SEL, and RP at the middle school level with a specific emphasis on the determination of impact and using data to identify needed supports for students within a multi-tiered system of support.

“We resolve to create clearly defined guidance for elementary and secondary schools to determine their readiness to support SEL curriculum within a multi-tiered system of support.”

Deliver anywhere/anytime learning 
Bill Towns, technology director, Crocker (MO) R-2 School District

“My resolutions are to finish deployment of Chromebooks to every classroom in the district and to upgrade our wireless quality of service throughout the district.”

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