Last week was a milestone for more than 40 teachers and administrators at the Bronxville School District. For the past two months, this cohort of elementary, middle, and high school teachers and administrators participated in a hybrid of Google Apps for Education (GAFE) workshops and online courses in order to become leaders in a district-wide transformation. Their work is part of a strong commitment to improve student engagement and learning in an already high achieving district. As part of the LHRIC Emerging Technologies service, I have been fortunate to work closely with the District and be an active participant their vision.
In September 2014, the vision will become a reality for students thanks to extensive professional development this year, the district’s commitment to excellence, and the significant support of the Bronxville School Foundation. After learning of the district’s goals, the Foundation committed resources to support its success, and their generous grants have provided teachers (above) with Chromebooks and ensured adequate student access in September by funding thirty Chromebooks for each grade level and the library.
In February, the District decided to embrace Google Apps for Education as a platform to foster student collaborations and provide anytime/anywhere/any device online access to resources, other students, and teachers. They chose the Lower Hudson Regional Information Center (LHRIC) as a partner in this endeavor, and collaboratively the vision became a plan, and is in the process of being fully implemented. The LHRIC will continue to provide ongoing, sustainable professional development throughout the 2014/15 school year, collaborating with teachers to embed these technologies and learning strategies into the students’ daily learning practice.