Innovate to Educate Entry

DePaul Catholic School

Kelly Bielby, Development Director

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

DePaul is proud to serve a growing enrollment of nearly 450 students from PreK up to 8th grade an urban neighborhood of Philadelphia, where the poverty rate is 28%, an exact microcosm of the city. Our mission is to empower students with the intellectual, social and spiritual tools they need to be lifelong learners, leaders and servants. DePaul's data driven curriculum uses the groundbreaking Blended Learning model from Seton Education Partners, which allows our talented and highly trained teachers
  Read More

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

For years, DePaul's enrollment was declining, like many urban Catholic elementary schools. It was a constant race to maintain enrollment levels high enough to support and expand school programs. In 2013, DePaul Catholic School not only partnered with Seton Education Partners to bring blended learning to DePaul, but also with Independence Mission Schools (IMS). IMS is a network of 15 urban Catholic elementary schools throughout the city. IMS provides organizational oversight and operation support.
  Read More

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

Network support for troubleshooting software and hardware challenges.
Internet bandwidth and wi-fi capability, especially in older buildings such as an all concrete one built in the 1960s - as is our school.
School infrastructure to support technological advancements as improvements are made so the school can keep up.

Return to all entries