Instructional Technology Initiative
  • Practitioner Schools Background

    The Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI) is committed to reimagining instructional technology support to schools as they continue making shifts to cultivate effective 21st-century instruction. Following the ITI Task Force Recommendations, ITI developed the Practitioner Schools (PS) model to reimagine and exemplify how schools can leverage digital tools to create rigorous and personalized learning environments for all learners. Practitioner Schools 1.0 focused on the integration and use of a learning management system (LMS), exploring the utility of the LMS in creating courses and exploring grading practices using an online gradebook. PS 2.0, in turn, centered upon the cultivation of Computational Thinking as a literacy under the District-wide adoption of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Students. The PS 2.0 iteration revealed the direct relevance of the ISTE Standards as a framework to guide instructional practice, especially in introducing and exploring computational thinking. PS 3.0 will build upon this exploration by focusing on the Innovative Designer ISTE standard, which will provide a strong guiding vision for purposeful and creative problem-solving using a variety of digital tools.
  • List of Accepted Schools to Fall 2016 Phase 2/3 OGP/LMS Practitioner School Pilot

    To download the list of accepted school to Fall 2016, click on the image below.
Practitioner Schools 3.0

In preparation for the 2018-2019 school year, ITI invites schools that demonstrate an innovator’s mindset and have a proven track record of collaboratively addressing instructional challenges to apply to become a PS 3.0 school. Participating schools will need to be well into the process of successfully shifting their instructional practices around an identified problem of practice. A designated team at each school will be asked to systematically approach their problem of practice using an innovator’s mindset to find effective solutions. This means that schools will engage in:
  • Exploring empathy-based iterative design processes (i.e., understanding student needs)
  • Implementing new approaches to teaching, learning and/or operations
  • Leveraging new digital tools for instructional purposes
  • Establishing new, collaborative partnerships within and across schools
PS 3.0 schools will be committed to using Innovative Designer practices to refine their instructional design and/or operational processes, and sharing their learning with others. Through these practices, schools will demonstrate persistence in developing solutions across challenges as well as ongoing collaboration through multiple iterations. The emphasis will be on the development and implementation of creative and effective solutions to instructional and/or operational problems of practice using a variety of purposefully selected digital tools. PS 3.0 schools will receive support through professional learning opportunities and a designated Instructional Technology Facilitator (ITF) assigned to each school to support the collaborative implementation of the Innovative Designer process and guiding vision.