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“All-Star” teachers get the first laptops; thousands more to follow

Dr. Jesse Register presented the first of more than 6,000 teacher laptops to five teachers at Lockeland Elementary. Jenny Martin, Julie Philips, Susan Evans, Jessica Tammaro, and Camille Spadafino all received laptops for completing All-Star Training.

In February, the district began the largest professional development endeavor in our history. Every teacher in the district is taking the All-Star Training. This program helps teachers master new learning technology that will improve instruction, as well as get a better understanding of the Common Core State Standards and how to administer PARCC assessments. When they complete this training, teachers receive laptops from the district.

This technology and training initiative is one of the district’s top budget priorities. It will help teachers personalize learning for every student, which is the key to the district’s five-year strategic plan, Education 2018: Excellence for Every Student.

The Metro Schools Learning Technology team that helped develop this plan is second to none in the United States. Dr. Kecia Ray, who leads the team, is the president of the International Society for Technology in Education and was recently named one of “20 to Watch in Education Technology” by the National School Boards Association.

Combined with the very best teaching, the learning technology plan will ensure Metro students get more instruction targeted to their specific needs and abilities.