North Dakota Teaching with Technology Initiative

Best Practices Summary

Alias: ND TWT
Funding Source: Technology Innovation Challenge Grant
Award year: 1998
Lead LEA: Bismarck Public School District #1, ND
Web site: www.ndtwt.org
Funding in Year 1: $789,390.00
Total Funding: $7,282,557.00

Contact: Tanna Kincaid
806 North Washington
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: 701-355-3041
Fax: 701-221-3454
E-mail: nd.twt@sendit.nodak.edu

Abstract:
The North Dakota Teaching with Technology initiative (ND TWTi) is a statewide program within North Dakota. The initiative provides training and support to public and private K-12 educators. ND TWTi consists of three phases of professional development for technology integration. All three phases are customized to the school and individual. Within each phase there are three roles that participants can assume: classroom educator, mentor, or administrator. Each phase of professional development is split into two strands of content: Leadership Strand and Educator Strand. Activities for these two strands are embedded in professional practice within the building. The Initiative is building-based and teams 10 or fewer teachers within a single building with a team mentor. Project host schools house ND TWTi staff, Regional Education Technologists (RETs), who serve 521 buildings throughout the state.

Innovations:
There are three primary innovations within the ND TWTi professional development model:

1. Each phase of professional development is customized to the need of the individual participant. Participants submit a proposed plan of action, in essence their learning contract, and work through development and implementation.

2. The primary means of assessment is a portfolio that includes student artifacts.


3. Building-based implementation focusing on the identification and development of in-house leaders (administrators and mentors).

Strategies employed by this project:

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