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Five HCS Schools Selected for Technology Education Program Co-Sponsored by Google

Stephanie Weiseman and Dawn Miller at Google ConferenceFive Huntsville City Schools are a part of 50 schools across the nation joining the inaugural year of the Dynamic Learning Project, a national program supported by Digital Promise, EdTechTeam, and Google, aimed at improving education equity by empowering teachers to leverage technology in more powerful ways. 

Chapman P-8, Huntsville Jr. High, McNair Jr. High, Morris P-8, and Whitesburg P-8 were selected for the program by Digital Promise based on vision, technology readiness, need, and innovative leadership committed to helping their teachers succeed.  Cohort coaches and principals from each school just returned from a week-long Summer Institute hosted by Digital Promise at the Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA. The event kicks off the Dynamic Learning Project for the 2017-2018 school year.

Huntsville City Schools Superintendent Dr. Matt Akin is thrilled to have five of our schools selected for this project so that we can “continue to foster an environment where our students are excited about learning.  This program is one way we can provide our teachers the support and vision to ensure students are engaged, inspired, and prepared for the future.”

Participants Gathered around Table for Discussion at Google ConferenceMcNair Junior High Principal Chrystapher Walker says it is great to partner with a company like Google, because to have an “international brand bring individualized support to our schools is significant, not only for our leadership team, but for our teachers and students.”  Walker added that this will help educate our faculty and students on how to use “technology as a resource that supports rigorous instruction.”

The Dynamic Learning Project is designed to help deliver on the promise of technology by investing in a school’s greatest assets: teachers. It’s not just about access to technology, but how prepared teachers feel to meaningfully use that technology in their classrooms. The Dynamic Learning Project will sponsor and train a coaching fellow, in most cases a former classroom teacher, who will provide personalized, tech-based coaching to help educators in their community leverage technology in transformative ways. Coaching fellows and principals at participating schools will:

  • Work with teachers to apply best practices in the powerful use of technology for teaching and learning;
  • Promote a culture of openness, personalized professional development, and continuous improvement between faculty and administration; and
  • Engage with other coaching fellows and their principals to share knowledge and build a community of support.

In addition to coaching fellows and principals, the program will extend to benefit the entire school, as well as the broader community.

Participants Listening to a Presenter from Google“It’s imperative that teachers are supported as they create new and powerful learning environments so students are prepared for the jobs of the future,” said Karen Cator, President and CEO of Digital Promise. “Early research studies point to the positive impact of educator coaching on teacher practices and student achievement. We’re thrilled to work with Google and EdTechTeam, to bring the Dynamic Learning Project to Huntsville City Schools.”

“At Google, we believe in the power of educators. Technology is just a tool; it can only be transformative when it's in the hands of an educator who uses it to create meaningful experiences for students,” said Liz Anderson, Head of Social Impact Programs at Google for Education. “We’re excited to support such a dedicated group in laying the groundwork for innovative use of technology in classrooms across the country."

For more information and a list of participating schools, check out the Dynamic Learning Project website.