This spring, the Digital Scholars Initiative launched its pilot year of the program at Rowan-Salisbury Schools in the southwestern region of North Carolina. District leadership identified three teachers to be the first cohort because of their expertise in digital and personalized learning.
Throughout the year, staff from digiLEARN and program partner Getting Smart worked with the cohort and the district to establish a professional learning community among the three teachers, provide personalized professional development for each Scholar, and offer planning and administrative support to facilitate Learning Lab classroom visits of each Scholar’s classroom. Learning Labs allowed teachers from throughout the district to observe instruction in a Scholar’s classroom and receive coaching from the Scholar afterward.
From March through August, The Friday Institute at North Carolina State University partnered with digiLEARN to evaluate of the program’s pilot year. We are excited about our initial findings, which show that:
- Our Rowan-Salisbury Digital Scholars are master teachers that have a deep understanding of and highly advanced skills for using digital and personalized instructional strategies that lead to improved outcomes for students.
- Learning Labs are a promising strategy for spreading effective digital and personalized learning instructional practices.
- Teachers who visit Learning Labs gain useful knowledge, instructional ideas and inspiration, along with in-depth support from Scholars to implement new instructional strategies in their own classrooms.
Click on the link to the full report for more outcomes from our pilot year.
With the help of technology, teachers and schools across the country can transform their classrooms into collaborative learning spaces where teachers help students drive their own learning and better prepare for college and careers. This brief is a guide for teachers and schools to learn best practices on incorporating technology and data into personalized learning. It stems from a May 2017 meeting of educators and policy makers from across the South cohosted by digiLEARN and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and features case studies from across the country that highlight key strategies teachers and administrators can use to bring education into the digital age.
digiLEARN released the Strategic Policy Playbook: Driving Innovation in Education for All Students to highlight the State of North Carolina's successful policy initiative to ensure equity in educational opportunity across the state. As a result of this process, any student, regardless of his/her address or economic circumstances could access the same academic courses, materials, and highly qualified teachers as any other student in the state. This policy brief, prepared by entangled.solutions and through generous support from the Carnegie Foundation of New York describes North Carolina's successful effort to effect lasting change in education policy. It provides a primer to be used by other states and localities seeking to affect similar lasting change in education policy or in any other policy sector.