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 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