Linton Middle School in the Penn Hills School District is 1 of 50 schools joining the pilot year of the Dynamic Learning Project, a national program supported by Digital Promise, EdTechTeam, and Google, aimed at improving education equity by empowering teachers to leverage technology in more powerful ways.
Linton Middle School was selected for the program by Digital Promise based on need (measured by percentage of students eligible for free and reduced lunch), existing technology infrastructure, and innovative leadership committed to helping their teachers succeed.
“To be 1 of only 50 schools to have been chosen to participate in this program is an incredible opportunity,” Superintendent Dr. Nancy Hines said. Linton Middle School Principal Katie Friend attended the initial training hosted in California recently and told Dr. Hines upon her return that “the experience was amazing!”
The Dynamic Learning Project is designed to help deliver on the promise of technology by investing in a school’s greatest assets: teachers. It’s not just about access to technology, but how prepared teachers feel to meaningfully use that technology in their classrooms. The Dynamic Learning Project will sponsor and train a coaching fellow, in most cases a former classroom teacher, who will provide personalized, tech-based coaching to help educators in their community leverage technology in transformative ways.
The coaching fellows will be embedded in 50 underserved middle schools in five regions across the U.S. The full list of participating schools and more information on the project can be found here.
“It’s imperative that teachers are supported as they create new and powerful learning environments so students are prepared for the jobs of the future,” said Karen Cator, President and CEO of Digital Promise. “Early research studies point to the positive impact of educator coaching on teacher practices and student achievement. We’re thrilled to work with Google and EdTechTeam, to bring the Dynamic Learning Project to Linton Middle School.”
Coaching fellows and principals at participating schools will:
- Work with teachers to apply best practices in the powerful use of technology for teaching and learning;
- Promote a culture of openness, personalized professional development, and continuous improvement between faculty and administration; and
- Engage with other coaching fellows and their principals to share knowledge and build community of support.
For more information on the program, visit http://digitalpromise.org/initiative/dynamic-learning-project/.
Attached photo shows participants. Ms. Friend is fourth from left in back row.