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July 1, 2009 marked the first day of the
Canyons School District
. In this conversation we'll discuss the creative and logistical rewards and challenges of implementing a new vision for technology to improve student achievement and engage
Even under the best of circumstances, engendering change in education can be incredibly challenging. With great challenge, nevertheless, can come great reward.
In this conversation, we’ll discuss the journey we’ve taken in developing a new public school district of 33,000 students. From redesigning its organizational structure, to hiring an entire central office staff, to enabling a new school culture, ours has been an adventure filled with risks, hurdles and hope.
Not your every day blank sheet of paper, even (and especially) with regard to technology.
One thing we learned in creating a new district was that there’s really no such thing as starting from scratch. In IT, for example, before we were able to implement new systems and procedures of our own, we were forced to undo what had been done before us - even though our primary objective was to reestablish the existing technological footprint of the once existing organization. In other words, rather than climb the hill from day one, we were force to descend the hill already created to once again climb it anew. For us, this process alone took nearly a year.
So, join us: Learn from what we have experienced, and please bring your ideas about how change is most easily implemented in our schools today.
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