Great Prairie Area Education Agency, located in southeast Iowa, is one of nine Area Education Agencies. The agency provides leadership and service to over 36,000 students and 2,800 teachers and administrators across 39 school districts. GPAEA works to improve teaching and learning by developing leaders, discovering solutions, and delivering service through collaboration with students, families, schools, and communities.
Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District is a large district in Solano County in Northern California. The district has 30 schools with over 20,000 students. In September 2012, Director of Technology Support Services, Tim Goree was in search of a tool that could inform district leaders about technology needs as they worked toward a hybrid version of 1:1 device implementation and other technology planning. He purchased the BrightBytes Technology & Learning module to gain insight into the district’s current staff and student access, implementation, and perceptions.
0akland Unified School District serves a diverse population of over 50,000 students across 123 schools. The district works to ensure that all students find joy in their academic experience and graduate with the skills necessary to ensure success. OUSD defines equality as recognizing that some schools need more support than other schools, and, whether it be infrastructure or human services, providing that extra support where it is needed most. Oakland’s dedication to ensure equitable access to 21st century teaching and learning has made it absolutely necessary that
resource allocation for digital learning opportunities is strategic. The district’s unique technology integration approach targets technology investments to areas of greatest need and differentiates programs to serve each diverse school population.
Capistrano Unified School District serves over 54,000 students in 65 campuses across seven cities and a portion of the unincorporated area of Orange County. The district believes that technology is as fundamental to learning as the paper and pencil. As result, they have spent
years building the infrastructure to support technology-rich classrooms. By 2014, there were robust Internet connections already established across 100% of the district. This allowed leaders to focus resource allocation into student devices and technology support. After a very successful pilot rollout of Chromebooks, CUSD began a districtwide 1:1 initiative. In 2015, they had implemented 24,000 Chromebooks and developed a “Laptops for Learning” BYOD policy. The district has been mindful to provide the right support and training for these transformative changes. As their journey toward building 21st century classrooms continues, they have created and redefined several technology positions and offered training sessions intentionally designed
to impart the greatest amount of technological and pedagogical knowledge for a 1:1 classroom.
Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD) works to provide students with challenging and engaging learning opportunities so that they can thrive and be successful in a globally competitive age. District leaders knew that to realize their mission, they would need to create meaningful, technology rich, and authentic learning experiences for students.