Student Device Study Underway!

In accordance with our technology plan, I am starting a committee to help select the type of device we will provide to high school students next year and to middle school students the following year.  While there was a previous selection process run last year that was thoughtful and well-intentioned, there were not enough instructional…

Student Information System Feedback Analysis

In late September we hosted several Infinite Campus demonstrations as part of our student information system study that is part of our district technology plan.  To quickly review… We are evaluating both products (Infinite Campus and PowerSchool) to determine which one will be the best fit based upon learner-centered selection criteria: Students can see their…

Friendly Disruption Episode 18 Live

Friendly Disruption episode 18 is now live!  In this episode of the podcast, Maggie, Patrick, and I visited with Dr. Luis Perez from CAST’s AEM Center.  The rich and lively conversation focused on core UDL strategies such as engaging all learners and how to design learning that provides many different ways for kids to show…

Student Information System Feedback Form

As posted here previously, we’ll be hosting several Infinite Campus product demonstrations at the ELSC on Tuesday, September 18th, and Wednesday, September 19th.  I have worked with Angela Billman to create a feedback sheet for all sessions.  If you have an interest in seeing the feedback questions, follow this link to view the document.  For…

Update: Student Information System Study

The purpose of this post is to bring you all up to speed on the process to study a new student information system.   As many of you know, the technology plan that was created last year called for us to evaluate our student information system, PowerSchool.  This process is on a compressed timeline because if…

What is it you do?

As I move into my new role, I have gotten a lot of, “what is it you do?” or “what does that mean?”  While I understand the importance of defining my role, I feel getting to know me first, as a leader, is more important for people.  With that said, I have spent a lot…

What Is A Designed Disruption?

I am so excited to return to CRCSD!  Probably not a lot of people here will remember, but I worked for a year in CRCSD in 1998-99 at Harding.  I am so energized to be back and to re-engage with everyone here!  I realize the name of this blog might be a bit provocative.  Generally, my guess is that most educators would…

Friendly Disruption — Episode 17

If you enjoy listening to content or if you’ve never listened to a podcast, please consider downloading or streaming this one — Friendly Disruption.  Maggie Pickett — formerly of CRCSD and now with GWAEA, Patrick Donavan — an instructional coach at Ames High School, and I have been recording shows for just over two years…

CRCSD Technology Plan

I’ve never been a person that’s been excited about technology plans.  That’s kind of an odd statement from someone who has spent the last twenty years leading educational technology programs in schools.  It’s been my experience that tech plans are often made in isolation of the most meaningful work schools do: teaching and learning.   I can…