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Learning Technology Grant Program Overview: Jamestown City School District

Award Years: 2021-2024

CORE 3.0: Collaborative Opportunities to Redefine Engagement

The CORE 3.0 project aims to deliver high impact professional learning for approximately 400 teachers and 20 administrators across all nine schools of the Jamestown City School District. Through a strategic approach to job-embedded professional development and high levels of collaboration and support, CORE 3.0 has the potential to transform teaching and learning, and thereby improve the achievement and engagement of over 4000 students who will learn to use technology as creators rather than consumers.

The Jamestown City School District (JCSD) serves the students and families of the city of Jamestown, a small city with a population of just under 30,000 located in Chautauqua County, an otherwise rural area in the far western corner of New York State. The city of Jamestown is challenged by high rates of poverty, transience, and low adult education levels. With a total K-12 enrollment of just under 4400 students, approximately 72% are economically disadvantaged and 37% are students of color with Hispanic students representing the second largest race/ethnicity group (23%). Fifteen percent (15%) of all JCSD students are students with disabilities, and 4% are English language learners (ELL). JCSD is identified as a Target District, with three of nine schools identified for Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI). In general, JCSD students achieve well-below the State average in all performance measures, with the most persistent underperformance observed among students with disabilities, English language learners, and Hispanic students.

CORE 3.0 aims to close a “digital use divide” by supporting teachers and students to leverage available technology to create, design, build, explore, and collaborate, as opposed to direct instruction or passive consumption of content. In order to address this challenge, CORE 3.0 will promote personalized learning and culturally-responsive instruction through the following goals and objectives:

  • Increase district capacity to provide high quality professional development by recruiting technology mentors who provide timely job-embedded coaching, modeling, and collegial support to promote personalized learning.
  • Increase teacher competency and collaboration in the effective use of instructional technology to promote personalized learning by providing structured opportunities to collaboratively understand, apply, and share model lessons.
  • Improve student achievement, engagement, and long-term success through personalized learning experiences that maximize the use of educational technology to provide instruction that is culturally- and linguistically-responsive and accessible to all learners.

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