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Learning Technology Grant Program Overview: Sodus CSD Consortium: Northeastern Wayne County Project

Award Years: 2021-2024

The two school districts, Sodus and North-Rose Wolcott, will directly target a maximum group of 36 teachers that will be tapped as Learning Technology Professionals. This group will help support the 243 teachers across six different buildings within the two districts. All 2,216 UPK-12 will benefit from their support as we integrate strategies learned from the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, parent liaisons will help support the broader community by serving as Parent Learning Technology Liaisons.

The Northeastern Wayne County Learning Technology Project represents a consortium of two neighboring school districts, Sodus Central and North-Rose Wolcott. The combined districts have a population of 2216 students pk-12. 67% of those students receive free or reduced-price lunch. In addition, 25% are students of color while 14% are students with disabilities as well as 7% of students at Sodus that are identified as ELL. Both districts are very rural communities with elevated levels of poverty, which present a number of challenges. Several challenges include reliable access to high-speed internet due to both cost and availability as well as consistent levels of technology support at home. In both Sodus and North-Rose Wolcott, the schools play an integral role in the broader community. By taking a Community Schools approach, a number of essential resources are provided to the community at large. This is an important asset that will be leveraged within our program implementation.

Three focus areas for our proposal are influenced by the Dual-Capacity Framework that guides us toward authentic family engagement, Community Schools approaches that encourage collaboration and a Multi-Tiered System of Supports that focuses efforts on student needs.

  1. Develop cohorts of Learning Technology Professionals who will analyze successful instructional practices in order to create professional learning experiences to support and improve digital instructional and personalized learning methods. Coaching, PLCs, and Teaching Labs will provide educators with digital instruction and personalized learning professional development.
  2. Implement a digital Early Warning System to support the MTSS process to identify and reduce the impact of post-COVID learning loss by analyzing data to determine learners at risk for skills deficiency or off-track for graduation and implementing evidence-based interventions. Cohorts sharpen skills for interventions based on data analysis, and research-based practices.
  3. Create Parent Learning Technology Liaisons positions in all six buildings. These liaisons will be the bridge between parents and the classrooms, and will provide critical support in digital learning and technology platforms for parents to best support student learning by actively participating in and leading digital instruction and personalized learning professional development. We will expand parent voice to foster cultural relevance and authentic engagement.

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