Innovate to Educate Entry

Baltimore County Public Schools

Mychael Dickerson, Chief Communications Officer

What innovative technology initiative or project are you most proud of, and how has it improved teaching and learning in your school/district?

The Baltimore County Public Schools S.T.A.T. (Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow) initiative is a transformation in teaching and learning to raise achievement and close gaps through digital curriculum, learner-centered instruction, 1:1 access, the BCPS One digital ecosystem, and wireless and broadband at public schools and libraries. An independent evaluation reported increases in customized and personalized instruction. Students in Grades 1-8 exceeded reading and math growth targets, and grew more than the prior year.

What were some of the biggest challenges to your initiative, and how did you meet those challenges?

The first challenge was making the case for fundamental reform in a school system that has earned national acclaim. S.T.A.T. was designed to address stakeholder concerns about equitable access to effective digital learning, which is central to the Blueprint 2.0 strategic plan, along with moving instruction from good to great. Another challenge was scaling up 1:1 learning to more than 112,000 students. Lighthouse schools pilot personalized learning that leverages technology, and inform S.T.A.T.'s development.

What are the three biggest components that need to be in place for tech innovation to succeed are:

Three components of S.T.A.T.'s success are its instructional focus, its alignment to the Blueprint 2.0 strategic plan, and community support. Developing a systemwide digital curriculum in the core subjects to guide blended learning with innovative instructional strategies came first, and remains the priority.
Community input informed S.T.A.T.'s centrality in Blueprint 2.0, which aims to graduate every student globally competitive.
The community stays informed about S.T.A.T.'s progress through the independent evaluation process. "

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