Creating a K-12 System of Excellence

Priscila Zigunovas
28/09/18
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K-12 schools and districts have unique challenges when it comes to preparing students for their future. For its innovative ways of applying technology to solve problems in teaching and learning while engaging teachers, students and the community, these schools are among the winners of the 2018 Blackboard Catalyst Awards.

Education Access

Montana Digital Academy is the online program that serves all 146,000 K-12 students in the state of Montana through their local public school.

Montana Digital Academy is an essential tool for enabling all students in the state, regardless of location or resources, to access courses and content based on their needs and desires.”

Dr. Jason Neiffer, Assistant Director/Curriculum Director Montana Digital Academy – 2018 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Teaching and Learning

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Improving Education Access in Rural Montana

Gifted Students

In 2006, the Davidson Academy opened as the first free public school of its kind for profoundly gifted middle and high school students in the United States.

“While it’s clear that students at this level have unique intellectual needs, what is often overlooked is their social and emotional needs.”

Stacy Hawthorne, Director of Online Programs Davidson Academy – 2018 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Teaching and Learning

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At Davidson Academy, Gifted Students Thrive with Online Learning

Professional Development

At Calcasieu Parish School Board, a school district in Louisiana, the Technology Training Center offers teachers a plethora of professional development strategies, which adapt to the changing needs of today’s learners.

 

“The learning process in the classroom is significantly richer as students have access to new and different types of information and can manipulate it in new and innovative ways.”

Sheryl Abshire, Chief Technology Officer Calcasieu Parish Public Schools – 2018 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Training & Professional Development

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Shaping Educators Through Professional Development

Student Success

A virtual school for grades 6-12 based in Hicksville, New York, Obridge Academy attracts many non-traditional students, including those with documented learning disabilities and accommodation needs.

“We see every student as an individual who is entitled to learn at their own pace, with guidance from teachers and support staff when needed.”

Kristin Bestler, Director of Student Services Obridge Academy — 2018 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Student Success

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Obridge Academy’s “Personal Touch” Boosts Student Success

Community Engagement

At Vestavia Hills High School, students had the vision of promoting school spirit and unity through a mobile app. The VHHS student life app was launched in September 2017 and has been downloaded more than 1,300 times.

“This project created a great sense of pride among the students, and a better understanding of the concepts they had studied as they actually experienced leadership in action.”

Kym Prewitt, Leadership Teacher & Sponsor Vestavia Hills City Schools – 2018 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Community Engagement

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A Mobile App Created to Connect Students, by Students

Creating a K-12 System of Excellence

K-12 schools and districts have unique challenges when it comes to preparing students for their future. These schools have found innovative ways of applying technology to solve problems in teaching and learning while engaging teachers, students and the community.

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