The Student Engagement Project

The School District of North Fond du Lac

The School District of North Fond du Lac, in order to best serve our students, is dedicated to invest in practices and tools that make engagement and achievement more efficient and effective!

To Support The Oriole Idea:

Choosing to be the difference in a student’s life and accepting the responsibility to continually improve.

To Support District Initiates and Practices

  • Professional Learning Communities (focus on learning not teaching)
  • The Focus on Relationships, Relevance and Rigor in student engagement
  • Strength-Based Philosophy of Professional and Student Development
  • Inclusionary Practices and Differentiation of Instruction
  • Transition to Common Core State Standards
  • Servant Leadership Ideals

Project Statement – The School District of North Fond du Lac is dedicated to evolving instructional practices to better meet the needs of our students and prepare them for life outside of school through fundamentally changing the way students are engaged in the learning process.

  1. Increase student engagement in the learning process.
  2. Increase student achievement.
  3. Cognitive, Social, Creative and Emotional Growth.
  4. Engagement – students actively involved in the learning process
  5. Achievement – the attainment of specific skills or knowledge

Data Collection:
How do we know if the iPad2 is having an impact on engagement and achievement?
Leading Indicators - what would we see if people are doing this work?
  • Students Engaged in the Learning Process
  • Creativity, Collaboration, and Caring Fostered
  • Positive Relationships (with all) Fostered

Lagging Indicators - what are the results - test scores/achievement
  • Improved Test Scores, Achievement, and Career Readiness
  • Positive Community Perception
  • Improved School Attendance/Enrollment
  • Increased Parental Involvement

Must Statements:

1.We must improve our instructional practices for our students

2.We must take professional risks on behalf of our students

3.We must be the difference in our student’s lives

Cannot Statements:

1.We cannot underestimate a student’s ability!

2.We cannot set limitations on a student’s success!

3.We cannot let adult insecurities stop student engagement!

Plan of Action

Summer 2011
  • Staff begins using iPads
  • Collect research and examples of mobile technology in other educational settings

Summer 2011- Spring 2012
  • Professional development, implementation in to the instructional culture and learning the technical support needs of the mobile devices/support machines

Fall 2011-Spring 2012
  • Student Instruction Action Research (Purchase 70 iPad2s for Students through already budgeted funds) – Educators will apply (to be announced during the week of October 17th) to be part of the study and students will be randomly selected at the high school.

1st – 5th Grade
  • One teacher using iPad2 for instruction (design instruction with the tool)
  • One teacher not using iPad2 (traditional instruction)
  • Measure engagement and achievement

6th – 8th Grade
  • Two teachers, same content, different sections.
  • Use iPad2 in two sections, no iPad2 in two sections.

High School
  • Case study – 10 – 15 students
  • Students have and use iPad2 - 24/7

Fall 2011-Spring 2012
  • Research student technology initiatives (state and national)
  • 1 to 1, use your own device, mobile for static devices, different mobile devices
  • Community sharing and outreach programs to demonstrate and get ideas/information
  • Analysis of District financial and budget resources
  • Including – technology lease programs/fund equity/budgeting ideas/etc.
  • Grant investigation
  • Develop policies and procedures as necessary for future curricular delivery materials and methods

January 2012
  • Present at School Board Convention, Milwaukee
  • Revisit and Evaluate Engagement Machine team and mobile technology support

March 2012
  • Present at Conference in Washington DC

May 2012
  • Create a proposal to stakeholders – Board, Community, Families, Staff and Students about the future of mobile technology and instructional culture in our District.
  • Including Financial, Personnel, Staff Development, Student, Community needs

Fall 2011 – Summer 2012
  • Communicate with Community/Board/Families/Students
  • Evolve educational practices to meet students’ needs and new Common Core State Standards

Summer 2012 - ???