In the summer of 2017, Google announced their support of the Dynamic Learning Project, a program from Digital Promise that provides 50 high-need schools from across the country with a technology coach. Coaching provided for educators has been shown to be effective, and the Dynamic Learning Project has been at the forefront of those coaching efforts. Hillsdale Middle School of Cajon Valley Union School District has had the amazing opportunity to have one of those coaches at their school.
Hillsdale Middle School principal Jacob Launder has invested in providing technology to his teachers and classrooms, but he wanted a way to build upon their skills and confidence in using technology within the classroom. Ann Mason, a 30- year veteran history teacher from Cajon Valley Union School District, was chosen by Launder to participate in the Dynamic Learning Project and become the coach for Hillsdale. Her extensive access to tech-coaching experts, resources to guide and support teachers, and the community of fellow coaches that the Dynamic Learning Project gives Ann has made her an invaluable asset to the teachers at Hillsdale Middle School.
Ann says that the project gives her the perfect way to support change in the classroom, and “it recognizes that every teacher is innovating at a different level, and the new coaching model allows [her] to meet that teacher at their level.” Ann meets with teachers from Hillsdale every 8 weeks to assess and understand their needs, then she observes them implementing the new technology in their classroom so she can provide support and feedback.
Ann’s coaching has helped many teachers build their confidence in using the technology in their classrooms. Science teacher Carol Strampfer has utilized Ann’s help to use Google Slides to track her students’ progress on projects. Carol says, “I had wanted to implement this type of system for quite some time, and being part of the Dynamic Learning Project provided the push I needed as well as the support.” Other teachers, like Elizabeth Cordle, believe that the Dynamic Learning Project has helped them to be more adventurous in their teaching.
The goal of the program is to provide a way for teachers to engage their students more fully, and Principal Launder has seen a drastic transformation at Hillsdale. Because of the Dynamic Learning Project, Hillsdale teachers are able to use their coach to feel supported and build confidence in learning how to use the tools and technologies provided for them in the classroom.
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Company Name: Cajon Valley Union School District
Contact Person: Howard Shen
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Address:750 E Main St
City: EL CAJON
Country: United States