Learning Technology Grant Program Overview: NYC Community School District 13
Award Years: 2021-2024
- Teacher Professional Development
- Build teachers’ mathematical knowledge and capacity to use appropriate and engaging learning technologies in the classroom
- Curriculum Development & Planning
- Engage teachers in a professional learning community to develop high quality learning experiences that promote students’ conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas, while integrating grade-appropriate learning technologies.
- Student Outcomes
- Students in grades 3-8 will increase their use of strategies, learning technologies, and tools that support their conceptual understanding, procedural fluency and application to attain a significant level of achievement in mathematics.
The goals and objectives articulated above are in line with the goals of the District and our religious partner school. We seek to use professional development to shift instructional practices in our classrooms, to focus on the development of students’ higher-level thinking, student agency, and to provide them with opportunities to create authentic work supported by meaningful technology infusion. Most importantly, our objectives are aligned with our mission, which is to increase access to equitable and meaningful college and career pathways, including STEM fields, which traditionally have low minority representation.
More and more occupations in the U.S. depend upon a workforce with a mastery of basic STEM skills. Therefore, it is essential to support new and current teachers, so that they are equipped to provide all students with a strong foundation from which to grow. Students’ mastery of math is integral to success in STEM, as is computational thinking (CT).Educators should have a deep understanding of the mathematical content that they are expected to teach and a clear view of how student learning of mathematics develops and progresses across grades. Professional learning communities (PLC) have shown to be powerful contributors to educator’s professional development.
By improving our teachers’ pedagogical practices aligned to conceptual understanding in mathematics, we will not only close a gap in our students’ math achievement, but we will also establish a foundation that will serve them well throughout their lives
- Meghan Dunn, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: NYC School District 13 - NYS Learning Technology Grant