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    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.

Practitioner Schools 4.0: Global Collaborator

The Practitioner Schools 4.0 Program is designed to promote collaboration and learner agency and to challenge teachers to continuously learn and reflect upon their instructional practices. As participants of the program, school sites will use the ISTE Standards for Students to guide their work as they actively participate in the following:
  • Collaborate in exploring local and global issues that impact schools, using collaborative technologies to find effective solutions and increase student achievement.
  • Provide students with learning opportunities to practice Global Collaborator skills on a daily basis, thereby granting students the ability to build proficiency in 21st-century practices for success.
  • Enhance and improve collaborative teaching and learning practices by strategically leveraging digital resources through 21st-century lesson design.

Participating Schools:

  • Garvanza Elementary Technology and Leadership Magnet
  • Rosemont Avenue ES
  • 20th Street ES
  • Vanalden Avenue ES
  • Canoga Park ES
  • Samuel Gompers MS
  • Carson Street ES STEAM Academy
  • West Hollywood ES
  • Los Angeles HS
  • Palisades Charter ES
  • Coldwater Canyon ES
  • Telfair Avenue ES
  • James Madison MS
  • Hope Street ES
  • Lucille Roybal-Allard ES
  • Maywood Center for Enriched Studies (MaCES)
  • John A. Sutter MS

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Practitioner Schools 3.0: Innovate Designer

PS 3.0 promoted the use of a deliberate design process to solve an authentic problem of practice and to challenge teachers and instructional leaders to continuously learn and reflect upon their practices as they develop innovative solutions. As part of the PS 3.0 model, school sites will actively participate in the following processes:
  • Collaborate in the creation of innovative solutions to an identified problem of practice that will involve a cycle of reflection-and-refinement with an emphasis on creating engaging and imaginative learning environments and increasing student achievement.
  • Provide students with learning opportunities to practice an innovative mindset on a daily basis, thereby granting students the ability to build proficiency in 21st-century skills and practices for success.
  • Enhance and improve teaching and learning practices by strategically leveraging digital resources through 21st-century lesson design.
  • Provide opportunities for collaboration across Practitioner Schools, which include inquiry-group meetings centered on lesson study, action research, text-based discussions and other activities to convene in common dialogues about the intentional embedding of Innovative Designer methods in the core curriculum.
  • Share PS 3.0 learnings with others in the District.

Participating Schools:

  • Garvanza Elementary Technology and Leadership Magnet
  • San Pascual STEAM Magnet
  • Rosemont Ave ES
  • 24th Street ES
  • Lucille Roybal-Allard ES
  • Hope Street ES
  • Perez Special Education Center/CTC
  • Orchard Academies 2C: Global Studies and Technology Academy
  • Coldwater Canyon ES
  • Brainard ES
  • Telfair Ave ES
  • El Dorado ES
  • Madison MS
  • Portola MS
  • Hale MS
  • Stagg ES
  • Lake Balboa College Preparatory Magnet K-12
  • Carson Street STEAM Academy
  • Gompers MS
  • Bethune MS and MST Magnet
  • Diego Rivera Performing Arts
  • 52 Street ES
  • Girls Academic Leadership Academy
  • Joseph LeConte MS
  • Palisades Center for Enriched Studies

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Practitioner Schools 2.0: Leading with Computational Thinking

In alignment with the ​ISTE Standards for Students​ and ​K-12 Computer Science Framework and Practices​, the Practitioner Schools 2.0 goals are as follows:
  • Collaborate in the creation of interdisciplinary lesson design through a cycle of reflection-and-refinement with an emphasis on creating engaging learning environments and increasing student achievement.
  • Provide students with learning opportunities to practice their computational thinking, argumentation, and debugging mindset on a daily basis thereby granting students the ability to build proficiency in 21st century skills and practices for success.
  • Enhance and improve teaching and learning practices by strategically leveraging digital resources through 21st century lesson design.
  • Provide collaboration among other Practitioner Schools, which includes inquiry group meetings centered on lesson study, action research, text-based discussions and other activities to convene in common dialogues about the intentional embedding of computational thinking, argumentation, and debugging mindset in the K-8 curriculum.

Participating Schools:

  • San Pascual Steam Magnet
  • Garvanza ES
  • Rosemont Avenue ES
  • Lucille Roybal-allard Elementary
  • Perez Special Education Center/CTC
  • Maces
  • Ranchito ES
  • San Fernando Institute For Applied Media
  • Coldwater Canyon ES
  • Sutter MS
  • Canoga Park ES
  • Primary Academy For Success
  • Dr. Mary Mcleod Bethune MS And Mst Magnet
  • Carson Street Steam Academy Es
  • Samuel Gompers MS
  • Girls Academic Leadership Academy
  • New Middle School Pathway
  • Grant ES

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Practitioner Schools 1.0: Personalized Learning

PS 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, under the District-wide adoption of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Standards for Students, emphasized the cultivation of computational thinking as an essential form of literacy. Last year, and most recently, PS 3.0 built upon this cultivation with a focus on the ISTE Standard, Innovative Designer, which provided a foundation for purposeful, creative problem-solving using a variety of digital tools.

Participating Schools:

  • Perez Special Education Center
  • Garvnaza ES
  • San Pascual ES
  • School Of History And Dramatic Arts
  • Angelou Hs
  • Sal Castro MS
  • Manual Arts HS
  • West Adams Prep
  • Griffin ES
  • Roosevelt HS
  • Nightingale MS
  • Mendez Hs
  • Francisco Bravo HS
  • Sara Coughlin ES
  • Pinewood ES
  • Madison MS
  • Poly HS
  • Primary Academy Of Success
  • Frost MS
  • Mulholland MS
  • John Sutter MS
  • Valley Academy Of Arts And Science HS
  • Ambler ES
  • Dymally Hs
  • Diego Rivera Comm & Tech
  • Diego Rivera Grn Design
  • Diego Rivera Perf Arts
  • Carnegie MS
  • Charles Drew MS
  • Diego Rivera Pub Svc
  • Cowan ES
  • Mid-city's Prescott School Of Enriched Studies
  • Western Ave ES
  • Stem Hs @ Bernstein
  • Windsor Hills ES
  • Burroughs MS
  • Palms MS
  • Webster MS
  • Orville Wright Engineering And Design Magnet
  • Laces HS

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