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Meridian School District Technology Plan 2010-2013

 


 
Meridian School District
District-Level Technology Plan 2010-2013
1/7/2011
 
Overview:
Meridian School District #505 214 W. Laurel Road Bellingham, WA 98226
360-398-7111 - FAX 360-398-8966 - http://www.meridian.wednet.edu

Meridian School District is located in a rural community called Laurel near the center of Whatcom County, Washington. The district, comprised of a primary, elementary, middle and high school, serves as the heart of the community by creating a positive and productive learning environment for each student. The addition of a home-school parent partnership program has expanded our ability to support student learning in our community and throughout the state.

 
 
District Priorities/Initiatives:
The Meridian School District recognizes that a strong Technology and Learning Plan is necessary for the cost effective implementation and integration of technology into the district and its curriculum.
 
 
Mission Statement:
The mission of the Meridian Public Schools is to meet the diverse educational needs of all learners so they can become ethical, competent and productive contributors to a democratic society in an ever changing world.

With respect to technology, it is the mission of the Meridian School District and the community to equip students, faculty and administration to effectively utilize current and emerging technologies as tools to live successfully in the future as positive, contributing members of society.
 
Shared Vision/Guiding Principles:
Technology empowers our community by providing opportunities for life-long learning. The technology plan guides the district in developing a safe, strong and supportive learning environment for all students, staff, and community. Technology facilitates quality communications within our community and connects us with the world around us.

The Meridian School District Technology and Learning Plan is based on the belief that the successful implementation of technology in schools is a long-term commitment and should be done in conjunction with education reform. The focus of the plan, along with its implementation, should be on improved student learning.
 
 
Leadership/Planning Team Members:
Meridian School District Technology Program Review Team

  • Dr. Timothy Yeomans, Superintendent
  • Joe O'Brien, District Information Services Manger
  • Steven Lawrence, Meridian High School Teacher, MEA Union President
  • Stacy Tronsdal, Meridian High School CTE Teacher
  • Sara Bernardy, District Technology Assistant
  • Rob Widman, Meridian Parent Partnership Program SLP Consultant and Teacher
  • Nancy Slentz, Meridian Middle School 8th Grade Teacher, Middle School Webmaster
  • Monica Campfield, Administrative Assistant for Multiple Locations (TMCE, MP3, Activities, Transportation)
  • Juilane McMurtrey, Meridian High School Librarian
  • Jean Calman, Business Manager
  • Fredrika Smith, Assistant Superintendent, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning (Title, Special Education, Curriculum)
  • Brynn Victor, Irene Reither Primary School Grade Teacher
  • Brian Stephan, Facilities Supervisor
  • Barbara Wood, Ten Mile Creek Elementary 5th Grade Teacher
 


Selected Data:
 
WASL - Trend - What Percent of All Students Meet Standards?
At the District Level
Narratives
District - (Percentage of all students who meet state standards in math, reading, writing, listening disaggregated by grade over available years.)
Improving student achievement must always be the central objective for all Technology Planning.
 
 
 
 
What is the ratio of students to "standards-based" computers?
At the District Level
Narratives
Ensuring adequate access to reliable computers is critical to a successful technology implementation
 
 
Organization Ratio of Students To Standards Based Computers
Meridian School District 9.10
Washington State 4.05

 
 
 
8th grade Technology Literacy
At the District Level
Narratives
Technology is an integral part of our society. As technology becomes an innate part of learning, students are empowered by their ability to utilize technology in achieving their objectives.
 
 
Organization Tier1 Tier2 Tier3
Meridian School District 0.00 0.00 0.00
Washington State 55.94 33.11 10.95

 
 
 
Technology Integration by Teachers
At the District Level
Narratives
Continued access to reliable technology and timely staff development will continue to improve technology’s integration into curriculum.
 
 
Organization Tier1 Tier2 Tier3
Meridian School District 0.00 0.00 0.00
Washington State 61.04 28.38 10.58

 
 
 

Portfolio Process:
 
 
Goals:
 
 
Goal Title:  Technology Essential Conditions
Smart Goal:  By June 2011, we will improve the District Profile as outlined by utilizing ISTE’s "Technology Support Project" which aids districts in establishing the "Necessary Conditions To Effectively Leverage Technology For Learning". Movement from Low Efficiency to Moderate Efficiency will be made in key areas, with a focus on establishing standards, improving technical staff efficiency, and a significant emphasis on professional development.

Group Narrative Narratives
District - (What is the ratio of Students to "Standards-Based" Computers at my school/district/state?)
Ensuring adequate access to reliable computers is critical to a successful technology implementation
 
 
Goal Title:  Technological Proficiencies of Certified Administrators, Teachers & Teacher-Librarians
Smart Goal:  By Sept 2010, establish clear technology goals for certificated administrators, teachers and librarians; identify specific deficiencies to be addressed through staff development; by the March 2011 Technology Survey show 10% improvement in proficiency for all certificated staff; continue staff development and show annual progress in subsequent years.

Group Narrative Narratives
District - (Technology Integration by Teachers)
Continued access to reliable technology and timely staff development will continue to improve technology’s integration into curriculum.
 
 
Goal Title:  Technology Integration into the Classroom
Smart Goal:  By the March of 2011 OSPI Technology Inventory survey, 30% of classrooms will be at Tier 2 and 10% of classrooms will be at Tier 3 as defined on the Technology Integration into the Classroom Indicator Scale. Continue to show 10% or greater annual progress on the Classroom Indicator Scale in subsequent years.

Group Narrative Narratives
District - (Technology Integration by Teachers)
Continued access to reliable technology and timely staff development will continue to improve technology’s integration into curriculum.
 
 
Goal Title:  Technology Literacy and Fluency for Students
Smart Goal:  By the March of 2011 Technology Inventory survey, 75% of all 9th graders and 40% of all 8th graders will be at Tier 2 or better on the Student Technology Literacy Indicator scale.

Group Narrative Narratives
District - (8th grade Technology Literacy)
Technology is an integral part of our society. As technology becomes an innate part of learning, students are empowered by their ability to utilize technology in achieving their objectives.
 
Research:
Goal Title Research
Technology Essential Conditions
Technological Proficiencies of Certified Administrators, Teachers & Teacher-Librarians
Technology Integration into the Classroom
Technology Literacy and Fluency for Students
Study Teams:
 

Findings/Recommendations:
 
 
 
 
District Technology Plan

Additional Material Documents Uploaded
Title Description File
Board-Approval-2010-2013 Meridian School Board Approval of and Support for the Meridian School District's District-Level Technology Plan 2010-2013 Board-Approval-2010-2013.pdf
 
Building Technology Plans
 
No building records were found.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Technology Vision Statement:
Technology empowers our community by providing opportunities for life-long learning. The technology plan guides the district in developing a strong, supportive learning environment for all students, staff, and community. Technology facilitates quality communications within our community and connects us with the world around us.
Action Plan:
 
 
Goal: Technology Essential Conditions
        
SMART Goal: By June 2011, we will improve the District Profile as outlined by utilizing ISTE’s "Technology Support Project" which aids districts in establishing the "Necessary Conditions To Effectively Leverage Technology For Learning". Movement from Low Efficiency to Moderate Efficiency will be made in key areas, with a focus on establishing standards, improving technical staff efficiency, and a significant emphasis on professional development.  
 
Impact on Student Achievement:    
 
Strategy: Establish technology standards for teachers, students, administrators and staff; Increase access to current, reliable technology resources; Improve frequency and availability of professional development for technology use and integration; Require adequate funding to provide long term support as part of the approval process for technology purchases
        
Rationale: A combination of Technology Essential Conditions are required to create equitable learning environments conductive to powerful uses of technology.  
Activities/Task % Complete Professional Development Timeline Resources
Amount / Type / Description / Funding Source
Who is Responsible? Monitoring Effectiveness
Establish Technology Standards for Students, Teachers, Administrators and Staff. 0 None Needed 6/1/2010 -
9/7/2010
Technology Advisory Committee, All Staff Board approval, Technology Proficiencies of Certificated Staff as monitored by yearly Technology Survey
Continue to replace Non-Standards-Based Computers as outlined. Maintain 24 hour response time on most technical issues. 0 Training on technology support and maintenance 7/1/2010 -
6/30/2013
40000.00 / Hardware / Purchase and install computers and other technology yearly / General Fund/Tech Budget
114654.00 / Tech Support / Maintain Technical Staff / General Fund/Tech Budget
2000.00 / Training Costs / Staff Development for Technical Support Staff/Subtime for Tech Coaches (2x yearly) / General Fund/Tech Budget
District Technology Department, Building Tech Coaches Technology Essential Conditions Rubric, Technology Integration Survey, District Climate Survey
Improve technology access for students by replacing computer lab as needed to maintain recommended Standards-Based Computers. 0 Staff development on technology integration and basic computer troubleshooting 7/1/2010 -
6/30/2013
24750.00 / Hardware / Purchase computers (apx 35 per year) / General Fund/Tech Budget, Technology Levy, Other Sources
6960.00 / Tech Support / Technical Installation, Support, Maintenance and Training / General Fund/Tech Budget, Technology Levy, Other Sources
IS Manager, Building Tech Coach, Extended Learning Coordinator Technology Literacy Survey, Technology Integration Survey, monitor lab usage
Maintain Multimedia Presentation Table (Computer, Document Camera and Projector) in every classroom. Review replacement as needed. 0 Training on equipment, staff development on technology integration 7/1/2010 -
6/30/2013
4000.00 / Training Costs / Staff development and/or Release Time / Title 2D, District Technology Budget, Other Sources
IS Manager, Assistant Superintendent/Curriculum Director, Principals, All Staff Technology Essential Conditions Rubric, Technology Integration Survey, observe classrooms.
Procedures for evaluating success in reaching this goal Yearly Assessments using OSPI's Technology Essential Conditions Rubric, Technology Integration Survey, Technology Literacy and Fluency Survey, review equipment usage logs, District Climate Survey

 
 
 
Goal: Technological Proficiencies of Certified Administrators, Teachers & Teacher-Librarians
        
SMART Goal: By Sept 2010, establish clear technology goals for certificated administrators, teachers and librarians; identify specific deficiencies to be addressed through staff development; by the March 2011 Technology Survey show 10% improvement in proficiency for all certificated staff; continue staff development and show annual progress in subsequent years.  
 
Impact on Student Achievement:    
 
Strategy: Facilitate the use of collaborative tools such as Google Docs and Moodle through staff development. Target other key areas in the March 2010 Technology Survey with an average below 1.75 for additional training and support.
        
Rationale: Certificated Staff that are experienced and comfortable with the use of technology are better able to create meaningful instruction that integrates technology seamlessly into the classroom.  
Activities/Task % Complete Professional Development Timeline Resources
Amount / Type / Description / Funding Source
Who is Responsible? Monitoring Effectiveness
Deploy Learning Management System for Staff Development 0 See Activites/Task section 7/1/2010 -
6/30/2013
IS Manager, Assistant Superintendent/Director of Teaching and Learning, Teach Coaches, All Staff, School Board Improved Proficiency as measured by OSPI's yearly Technology Survey.
Procedures for evaluating success in reaching this goal Technology Survey, Staff Development exit interview, monitor technical support requests

 
 
 
Goal: Technology Integration into the Classroom
        
SMART Goal: By the March of 2011 OSPI Technology Inventory survey, 30% of classrooms will be at Tier 2 and 10% of classrooms will be at Tier 3 as defined on the Technology Integration into the Classroom Indicator Scale. Continue to show 10% or greater annual progress on the Classroom Indicator Scale in subsequent years.  
 
Impact on Student Achievement:    
 
Strategy: Increase access to current, reliable technology resources; Improve frequency and availability of professional development for technology use and integration; Peer Coaching
        
Rationale: Tiers of Technology Integration  
Activities/Task % Complete Professional Development Timeline Resources
Amount / Type / Description / Funding Source
Who is Responsible? Monitoring Effectiveness
Deploy a Learning Management System (LMS) to provide staff development on technology use and integration. 0 See Activites/Task section 7/1/2010 -
6/30/2013
1000.00 / Other / Summer Sabbatical to develop digital library materials and courses / Title 2D, General Fund/Tech Budget
IS Manager, Assistant Superintendent/Director of Teaching and Learning, Tech Coaches, All Staff Technology Integration Survey, District Climate Survey, Classroom Assessment, Monitor Technical Support Requests, Monitor LMS Usage
Provide release time for Staff Development on Technology Integration 0 See Activites/Task section 7/1/2010 -
6/30/2013
4000.00 / Training Costs / Staff development and/or Release Time / Title 2d, General Fund/Tech Budget
IS Manager, Assistant Superintendent/Director of Teaching and Learning, Tech Coaches, All Staff Technology Integration Survey, Class attendance
Procedures for evaluating success in reaching this goal Technology Integration Survey, District Climate Survey, Classroom Assessment, Professional Development demand, Monitor Technical Support Requests

 
 
 
Goal: Technology Literacy and Fluency for Students
        
SMART Goal: By the March of 2011 Technology Inventory survey, 75% of all 9th graders and 40% of all 8th graders will be at Tier 2 or better on the Student Technology Literacy Indicator scale.  
 
Impact on Student Achievement:    
 
Strategy: Students will use technology throughout the curriculum to support and enhance learning in all content areas.
        
Rationale: Students will research, evaluate, create and present using technology.  
Activities/Task % Complete Professional Development Timeline Resources
Amount / Type / Description / Funding Source
Who is Responsible? Monitoring Effectiveness
Professional Staff Development on Student Technology Literacy and Technology Integration 0 See Activites/Task section 7/1/2010 -
6/30/2013
4000.00 / Training Costs / Staff development and/or Release Time / Title 2D, General Fund/Tech Budget
IS Manager, Assistant Superintendent/Director of Teaching and Learning, Tech Coaches, All Staff Technology Literacy Survey, District Climate Survey, Classroom Assessment
Procedures for evaluating success in reaching this goal Technology Literacy Survey, Classroom assessments, District Climate Survey

 
Narrative:
Building SIP teams have included a concerted effort toward aligning core curriculum at all grade levels and integrating technology as part of their planning process. Using the Instructional Framework designed by Powerful Teaching and Learning, teachers are focused with intentionality around using technology as it specifically relates to research based effective instructional practices. School Improvement Planning identifies professional development and PTL process time for Math and Literacy teams, with Science beginning in June 2010. Time will be spent on observing peers and sharing best practices on effectively using document cameras, projectors and video steaming to have a direct impact on daily instruction.
 
 
 
 
Annual Technology Survey:  Yes The district has completed the current technology survey and will continue to complete the survey annually.
CIPA Compliance:  Yes The district has completed the current Form 479 and will continue to a Form 479 annually.


District Technology Standards & Budget
District Standards for Technology:  District Computer Standards:
Meridian School District will continue to follow the state's definition of a standards-based computer as the basis for its computer replacement cycle. OSPI's Standards-Based Computer represents, in terms of processing power, a computer that is 4-years old or newer computer. The standard for the 2010 school year is:


  • an Intel or AMD-based Pentium IV 2.4 GHz or higher, Celeron 2.8 GHz or higher, or dual core desktop
  • a 2.0 GHz or higher laptop

Standards-Based Computers will typically be replaced on a 4-5 year rotation and, if in reasonably good condition, will be re-purposed as Thin-Client Student Computers for an additional 7-8 years or until significant system failure.

  • Certificated Staff will be assigned a Standards-Based Laptop Computer as their primary workstation.
  • Classified Staff will be assigned shared or dedicated access to a designated Standards-Based Staff Desktop Computer depending on the requirements of their position.
  • All Classrooms, Libraries and Computer Labs will have a Digital Projector, a Digital Document Camera, a Standards-Based Desktop PC with internal DVD player, and a Set of Multimedia Speakers.
  • Three High School and two Middle School Labs will have 30 to 35 Standards-Based Student Desktop Computers.
  • A Computer Lab at each Primary and Elementary School will have 30 to 35 Standards-Based or Non-Standards-Based Student Computers. Non-Standards based Computer Labs will likely transition to all Thin-Client Student Computers.
  • School Libraries not currently serving as a School Lab will have a minimum of 10 Thin-Client Student Computers.
  • Classrooms will have between 1 to 7 Thin-Client Student Computers. (dependent on availability)
  • Alternative Instructional Spaces (MP3, MILC) will have Student Computers dependent on their need and availability of equipment.

District Network and Telecommunications Standards:

  • Minimum of 1 Telephone and Voice Mail Box per classroom, learning area or designated work area
  • Minimum of 2 networked drops per classroom, learning area or designated work area
  • Minimum of 100Mbit wired network connectivity on all District Computers
  • Network and Internet access on all District Computers
  • Wireless Network access in all District Buildings (Staff, Fall 2011)
  • Gigabit backbone connectivity from the Main Distribution Frame (MDF) in the Main Building at each campus (Main Distribution Frame or MDF) to each Secondary Building at each campus (Intermediate Distribution Frame or IDF)
  • Gigabit connectivity between Campuses (Wide Area Network or WAN)

      District Software Standards:
      All computers will include the following:
    •  

      • Word-processing Software
      • Spreadsheet Software
      • Presentation Software
      • Web client
      • Anti Virus Software
      • Graphics and Image Editing Software
      • Multimedia Presentation Software
      • Email client (where appropriate)

    • A variety of other software is currently in use. The Technology Department in conjunction with the Curriculum Department continue to locate and maximize the use of effective curricular software, increase communication, improve staff development, and minimize support needs.
Budget:  Meridian School District Technology has seen a significant improvement in yearly funding allocation with a strong focus on sustainability.
The current (2009-2010) budget provides support for:


  • $114,654 - Salaries and Benefits to support a Full-Time Information Systems Manager, 0.5 FTE Technology Support Assistant, (3) Technology Coaches (stipend position), plus 400 hours of additional targeted Technical Help.
  • $35,000 - General Supplies and Repairs
  • $100,000 - Equipment Purchases
Maintenance, Upgrade & Support
 
Strategies Budget & Potential Funding Source(s) Timeline
  • Maintain support staff of 1 full-time Information Systems Manager and 1 part-time Technology Support Assistant. Increase available hours of Technology Support Assistant as necessary subject to identified need and available funding.
  • Strive towards 24 hour response time on most technical issues.
  • Maintain “Loaner” on all technology equipment when downtime is anticipated to exceed 24 hours.
  • Perform yearly hardware and software maintenance.
  • Replacement of identified computers following State Standards-Computer guidelines.
  • Continue to install “Thin-Client” Computers to minimize support needs and improve overall investment in technology.
Funding comes primarily from the General Fund and/or Maintenance and Operations Levy. Additional potential funding sources may be available, including Capital Bond Project Funds, E-Rate Priority 1 and Priority 2 Reimbursements and potential grants and donations. 2010-2013 Ongoing, technology support and maintenance. 2010-2013 Ongoing, yearly replacement of Non-Standards-Based Computers as identified.
 
 
How will these services support your district's learning goals? Supporting and maintaining a reliable and current technology system is necessary to be effective in improving student learning.
Technology Plan Review & Update
 
Strategies for Evaluation & Update Person or Team Responsible Timeline
Reestablish Technology Advisory Committee with representative from the community, the High School student body, each school and each job classification. Review the technology plan, update building forms, identify progress and evaluate changes needed. Technology Advisory Committee, School Improvement Planning Committee October and April
Assess integration of technology within the curriculum using surveys and assessment tools. Determine needs for in-servicing of teachers in the technology areas and develop appropriate content as dictated by surveys and assessment. IS Manager, Curriculum Director, Extended Learning Coordinator Ongoing: September through July
Assess student achievement on state assessments and other tests; Review student progress and improvement on the Technology Literacy Tiers IS Manager, Curriculum Director April and July
 
E-rate – Priority One
 
Voice, Data & Video Budget & Potential Funding Source(s)
Voice:
  • Maintain adequate Multi-Line (PRI) voice service for district-wide availability;
  • Maintain adequate Single-Line (POTS) voice service for site-based availability;
  • Maintain adequate Cellular phone service for administrators, operations and emergency communications.

Internet Access:

  • Maintain K20 Network connection to provide Internet Access district-wide;
  • Maintain adequate Wireless Data connectivity for District personnel to maintain communications;
  • Maintain alternate means of connection when deemed necessary to provide adequate bandwidth and reliable connectivity.
Funding sources for these services will include maintenance and operation funds, general funds, and E-Rate revenues (where possible).
 
 
How will these services support your district's learning goals? Reliable access to voice, video and data is necessary to create the essential conditions for supporting effective communication, obtaining and providing pertinent information and creating a safe learning environment for staff, students, parents and the community.
E-rate – Priority Two
 
Internal Network - Hardware & Software Budget & Potential Funding Source(s)
Telephone PBX Systems
  • 2010-2011 Replacement of PBX system and phones at all district locations (Phase 1 IRPS/TMCE).
  • 2011-2012 Replacement of PBX system and phones at all district locations (Phase 2 MMS).
  • 2012-2013 Replacement of PBX system and phones at all district locations (Phase 3 MHS/DO/MP3).
Infrastructure
Replacement of aging network infrastructure (UPS, servers, switches, and wiring) will be ongoing and timely as needs arise. Current expectations are as follows:
  • 2010-2011 IRPS upgrade
    • update as needed all wiring to Cat6/fiber optics and replace network switches to support higher bandwidth needs, additional computers requiring internet access and to manage quality of service for IP telephony
    • install secure wireless to support the increased need for internet access on mobile devices; install network server(s) and software or network devices to provide firewall, routing, proxying, dns, dhcp and other services
  • 2010-2012-MHS - campus rebuild
    • Phase 1(relocate and/or install new voice, data and video installations, wireless, wiring, fiber optic cabling, switches, gateways, servers, workstations, pbx system, telephones, printers, video projectors to accommodate construction of new High School campus at existing campus)
    • Phase 2(relocate and/or install new voice, data and video installations, wireless, wiring, fiber optic cabling, switches, gateways, servers, workstations, pbx system, telephones, printers, video projectors for new High School campus)
  • 2012-IRPS - new building/remodel
    • relocate and/or install new voice, data and video installations, wireless, wiring, fiber optic cabling, switches, gateways, servers, workstations, pbx system, telephones, printers, video projectors for new building/addition
Funding sources for these services will include bond dollars, maintenance and operation funds, general funds, state and federal program funds, grants, donations and E-Rate revenues (where possible).
 
 
How will these services support your district's learning goals? A significant upgrade to the existing infrastructure has been identified due to a greater reliance on internet resources as a primary source for student learning and an expanded number of devices needing internet access. Reliable access to voice, video and data is necessary to create the essential conditions for supporting effective communication, obtaining and providing pertinent information and creating a safe learning environment for staff, students, parents and the community.
Modified By: JOE O'BRIEN Modified On: 1/7/2011