Chesterfield County Public Schools was awarded the 2017 Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Award for its Anytime, Anywhere Learning initiative at the the fifth-annual Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards (DCCAA) in San Antonio. The Center for Digital Education (CDE), in partnership with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), recognized K-12 schools that are breaking new ground in the use of digital content and curriculum through the awards.
“Anytime, Anywhere Learning is our effort to integrate 21st century technology with the best of face-to-face instruction to create an innovative and engaging learning environment for our students,” Chesterfield County School Board Chair Dr. Javaid Siddiqi said. “This award is affirmation of the work our staff is doing to better engage students in authentic learning opportunities and challenge students to think in a different manner.”
DCCAA awards are presented to schools in three categories: Large District/Schools (12,000 or more students), Medium District/Schools (3,000 – 12,000 students) and Small District/Schools (up to 3,000 students). Chesterfield County Public Schools’ Anytime, Anywhere Learning program was a winner in the Large District/Schools category.
The Anytime, Anywhere Learning initiative is a well-planned, comprehensive program with four primary components: transitioning to digital curriculum; one-to-one technology adoption; infrastructure and systems interoperability; and professional development. The initiative began in fall 2014 when Chesterfield County middle school students received Chromebooks. In fall 2015, Chromebooks were provided to high school students, and the initiative has expanded to elementary schools, with a broader expansion this upcoming fall.
“Throughout the last three years, the school division has taken a deliberate approach to intergrating online resources into its classrooms and training teachers in best practices for using these materials,” said Brian Jones, the school division’s executive director of technology. “Student computers are a powerful tool that will directly contribute to achieving success. This initiative has helped students succeed academically and develop necessary 21st century skills as they prepare for college and future careers.”
With full implementation, Chesterfield County Public Schools will have one of the largest programs of Chromebook utilization in the country.
“Today’s technologies broaden our ability to teach, extending learning opportunities beyond the classroom’s traditional four walls,” Chesterfield Superintendent Dr. James Lane said. “With more than 38,000 Chromebooks in the hands of our elementary, middle and high school students, the Anytime, Anywhere Learning initiative has given the school division the ability to incorporate creative instructional and learning practices through technology, and it has provided students with the ability to access information needed for learning anytime, anywhere.”
The Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards program was established by CDE to recognize schools for their innovation and diligence in digital content and curriculum program implementation. The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy, and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insight to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.
“These schools are successfully implementing digital content and curriculum in ways that are improving student success,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director of the Center for Digital Education. “In doing so, they are setting a great example for other schools to follow in how to use technology to spark student engagement.”