Technology Leadership Academy

Teaching With Technology Leadership Academy

The Teaching With Technology Leadership Academy is a three-year program that focuses on building positive technology leadership amongst educators, integrating technology in the classroom, developing 21st century skills and learning, and encouraging innovative instructional practices for the digital age.

Information and Registration


Overview:

The certification process is a three-year commitment on behalf of the participants and the school district. The participants will commit to attending one 90-minute training session per month, and completing any and all assignments or projects assigned during these sessions. The participants further commit to incorporating the techniques and skills acquired during these sessions in their classrooms on a regular basis. The district commits to providing meaningful and challenging coursework, which, if followed, will help to prepare participants for the rigors of educating students in an ever-evolving digital environment.

Process:

Professional Level

Level 1 – Professional Level
Participants will apply for admission to the Teaching With Technology Leadership Academy by June 1st. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by the first week of July. Academy members are selected based on application responses and a demonstrated initiative with technology integration. Sessions will begin in August. Participants will be divided into up to four cohorts and assigned a training session each month. Ideally, participants will attend sessions with their cohorts, but may attend one of the sessions for another cohort if scheduling conflicts arise. Principals and administrators may apply, but classroom teachers will be given priority for cohort spaces

Cohorts will meet monthly from August to May (no sessions in December) for a total of nine sessions per school year. Each session will be 90 minutes long. Cohorts will be capped at 25 members each, for a total of 100 simultaneous participants in Level 1 at a time. Monthly attendance is mandatory as part of the participant’s commitment to the certification process. More than two missed sessions will result in the participant being dropped from the cohort. Dropped participants may re-apply for the next year’s cohorts.

All Level 1 sessions are face-to-face sessions. Additional time will be required of participants outside of the regular sessions to complete assignments.
Sessions
Level One will meet once a month, August-May, for 90 min. per session. To accommodate the elementary and secondary schedules, two sessions will be offered each month. Level One members should attend the session that best fits their schedules.

Topics included, but not limited to:
Understanding Digital Natives and the way they learn (Millennials and Generation Y)
Traditional vs. Constructivist Instruction
21st century tools for communication/organization/instruction
SMART Notebook
The SAMR Model of Technology Integration
Computer Basics and Troubleshooting
General security awareness
Tools for the Digital Classroom (including Schoology, Google tools, electronic texts, etc…)
Managing the Digital Classroom (Processes and Procedures, Digital Citizenship, etc…)

Meeting Dates/Times (TBD)
Number of Sessions: 9 (Face-to-Face), 90 min. each

Specialist Level

Level 2 – Specialist Level
Participants who successfully complete Level 1 training will be promoted to Level 2 training and will remain with their Level 1 Cohort. They will remain with that Cohort throughout the remainder of Level 2 training. Please note that topics shown below are tentative and are subject to change as technology progresses and classroom needs shift to keep pace with the ever-advancing field of technology.

Topics included, but not limited to:
Evaluating apps for use in the classroom
Google Certification
Innovative pedagogy
The Flipped Classroom Model
Working Digitally
Online Learning Communities

Level Two members will Focus on Google Certifications. Levels 1, 2, and Trainer will be covered, and members will be able to apply for the certifications from Google as the course progresses. Other topics will include collaborating with peers, and online PD through Twitter chats.

Sessions:
Level Two will meet once a month, August-May, either face-to-face or online, for 90 minutes per session. To accommodate the elementary and secondary schedules, four sessions will be offered each month. Level Two members should attend the session that best fits their schedules.

Meeting Dates/Times (TBD)
Number of Sessions: 9 (7 F2F, 2 Online)

Master Level

Level 3 – Master Level
Participants who successfully complete Level 2 training will be promoted to Level 3 training and will remain with their original Level 1 Cohort throughout the remainder of Level 3 training. Please note that topics shown below are tentative and are subject to change as technology progresses and classroom needs shift to keep pace with the ever-advancing field of technology.

Topics included, but not limited to:
Google Certification (2017-2018 school year only)
Network Security
NETS and 21st Century Skills
Technology, students, and teachers: Laws you should know and understand

For this school year only, Level 3 will also be working on Google Certifications. But this group will also be working to prepare for the Washington Technology Leaders Certification Exam which will be given in May. This certification exam will allow the members to claim Master status as a certified technology leader in the classroom.

Sessions:
Level Three will meet once a month, August-May (no meetings in December), either face-to-face or online, for 90 minutes each session. To accommodate the elementary and secondary schedules, four sessions will be offered each month. Level Three members should attend the session that best fits their schedules.

Meeting Dates/Times (TBD)
Number of Sessions: 9 (5 F2F, 4 Online)

Expectations

Over the course of the Teaching With Technology Leadership Academy, all members are expected to attain Certified Technology Leader status and become a positive advocate for technology integration throughout our district. In addition to the Teaching With Technology Leadership Academy, it is further expected that all members regularly attend building/district technology professional development and take advantage of outside-of-district technology PD opportunities when these opportunities present themselves (OERI, RCET, etc.).

Attendance Policy

All Academy members will make attendance a priority, both face-to-face and online. Attendance equals content learned and attendance online is just as important as face-to-face. Each level of Tech Academy will complete nine, 90 minute sessions during a school year, of which Academy members are allowed no more than two absences during a school year. Academy members will be notified when this number of absences is reached. Subsequent absences will result in dismissal from the Academy. Academy members dismissed for attendance are allowed one opportunity to re-join, at their current level, within two years immediately following the dismissal.

If inclement weather is a factor (early dismissal or snow day) on Tech Academy meeting days, those sessions will be moved to online format, or rescheduled at the instructor’s discretion.

Online Learning Community

The Teaching With Technology Leadership Academy incorporates the use of Schoology, an online learning community forum. Tech Academy members and facilitators will use this forum to post, share, and discuss content relevant to technology leadership. During Levels Two and Three, Academy members will be expected to participate in online discussions which serve as a means to collaborate for members. Active participation during online discussion months is as important as face-to-face meetings and is considered a form of attendance for those months.

Recertification

In order to maintain Teaching With Technology Leadership Academy Certification, all members will need to complete 18 contact hours of unique technology professional development every three calendar years. Contact hours are considered attendance or facilitation of technology professional development. These hours can also be counted for the regular PD hours required by DESE for maintaining teacher certification. Contact hours include, but are not limited to the following options:

  • EdPlus professional development
  • District technology professional development
  • RPDC professional development
  • METC Conference attendance
  • Facilitating technology professional development sessions
  • Masters level (or higher) coursework with an emphasis on technology or technology integration

Once a year, the Teaching With Technology Leadership Academy facilitator will check the status of contact hours completed. It will be the responsibility of the Academy members to submit contact hours every two years to the Academy facilitator.

Specifications of the Academy

Incentives for participation:
Participants will not be paid for attendance in the Academy, however, there will be some incentives for teachers who successfully complete the certification process.

  • T-Shirts branded for each cohort
  • Framed certificates of completion for each level
  • Cloisonné pins with certification levels
  • Badges or patches with certification levels
  • Email signature image for each certification level
  • iPad or other tablet for completion of certification (to keep)
  • Participants will be provided the opportunity (at their own expense) to receive graduate credit for completion of each level
  • Participants may also count the completion of these levels to move over on the salary schedule IF credits are purchased through Missouri Baptist University

Other Trainings

The District will continue to provide other workshops throughout the year, as it has always done. These will include courses on topics such as the Microsoft Office Suite, Web 2.0 Tools, etc… These sessions are encouraged, but do not replace coursework or attendance of TTLA sessions.

Registration for the TTLA