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Climate and Culutre Committee charge

CHARGE: To create a Technology Committee to revise the district technology plan to align with the next generation assessments, computer-based testing, and 21st century education.

RATIONALE: New York is one of the governing states within the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) Consortium, a group of multiple states developing assessments in Grades 3-11 that measure the Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). These assessments are planned for administration in the 2014-15 school year. Both New York and PARCCassessments will be implemented with the support of technology. ComputerĀ­based assessments from the State Education Department (SED) are scheduled to begin with field tests as soon as the 2013-14 school year. Schalmont must develop a comprehensive plan to support the administration of these assessments for all students. The SED is advising that districts aspire toward the capacity to administer a computer-based assessment simultaneously to all students in a single tested grade across the K-12 grade span. Additionally and perhaps more importantly, the implementation of the CCLS and increased rigor requires us to review instructional methodologies and instructional technology available to all students. This includes designing a framework for learning environments that are transformative for the 21st century. Since we now live in a world of increasing global communication, students will need to be able to exhibit a range of functional and critical thinking skills related to information, media and technology. Students will also need the skills necessary to collaborate with others as well as making individual contributions on an unprecedented scale. Overall, we must develop a plan that makes the most efficient use of resources for both purposes.

PURPOSE: The Technology Committee will be established to review the current technology plan, research requirements to support the next generation assessments and frameworks for instructional technology for the 21st century and revise/create a new information communication and technology plan that aligns to these educational shifts within a global society.

COMMITTEE TYPE:

Ad hoc Committee- This committee is established to review and revise the district technology plan to meet the needs of students in the years ahead. This committee is an expansion of the current technology committee which will resume when task is complete.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:

  •  To research next generation assessments to determine format, appropriate devices, and needs associated with technology specifications and infrastructure to support PARCC and all future computer-based testing;
  •  To research 21'1 century skills aligned with increased rigor of the Common Core Learning Standards and design a technological framework around these educational shifts focused on global information and communication;
  • To research information skills and communication skills and content that
    allows for the implementation of technology that supports and improves
    learning;
  •  To review existing district technology plan to determine what can be maintained as is, updated for the future, or eliminated if no longer timely or pertinent to instructional needs, assessments or plan;
  • To develop a new overall district information communication/technology plan that builds a learning community and includes a focus on instructional technology along with clear linkage to the identification of hardware, software, device specifications, and associated technology resources to support.

COMMITTEE COMPOSITION:

Superintendent
BOE representatives (2)
Director of Curriculum
Network Administrator
Chief Information Officer
Parents (2)
Administrators (2)
Communication Specialist
School Librarians (3)
Community Members (4-5)
Technician Teachers from ES, MS, HS (1-2 each)
Students HS (2)
Support Staff (1)

COMMITTEE PROCEDURES:

The meeting schedule will be established by the committee according to deadline dates for meeting SEO requirements.

The facilitator will lead formation of meeting protocols and roles within the committee. A need for smaller sub-committees may emerge based on need for research and review.

A consensus building process is to be followed by the committee following the district protocols for shared decision making as follows:

As an operating expectation, all committee members should be viewed as equals when the group is seeking support for a direction or course of action. Members may choose to express varying levels of support using the following:

5-Support the direction and will provide active leadership

4-Support the direction and will actively participate

3-Support the direction

2-Need more information

1-1 trust the group

0-Not supportive of the direction and offer another alternative

(Under this expression of support the individual must offer another viable alternative he/she supports and is will to provide active leadership. The group is obliged to consider the alternative presented).