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Coachella Valley Unified School District

Coachella Valley Unified School District

"Innovative Strategies and Practices to Prepare Students for College, Career, Citizenship and Life: The Coachella Valley Unified School District Way!”

October 19 – 21, 2016
Thermal, CA

The Coachella Valley Unified School District is known as one of the most innovative and trailblazing districts in the nation. The school district covers 1,250 square miles in the low desert of California. Almost 20,000 students attend the district, all of which are eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch, 98% of our students are Hispanic, and we have over 3,400 migrant students. In 2012, Dr. Darryl Adams, our Superintendent asked the community for support of a general obligation technology bond to provide every students from preschool through high school with an iPad and a state of the art broadband infrastructure at the schools and the community passed the bond with 67% approving.

The district then took an innovate approach to support classroom teachers by building an educational technology division by combining Information Technology with Educational Technology to form a dedicated Technology Services Division. The district also created its own teacher educational technology program called SAMR-AI which helps teachers to integrate technology in the classroom. The district has received 6 national recognitions in the past year for their work, been mentioned by the White House on several occasions, and share their experiences at over 10 conferences each year around the nation!

Individual school sites have used that technology to increase student engagement and adapt to a culture of technology in exciting ways. Students at the secondary level are using the technology to create videos, learn how to troubleshoot and repair technical issues with software, and use social media to create and distribute art. Middle school students are learning coding and robotics in an effort to access high paying careers of the future. Elementary students are learning green screen technologies to demonstrate their learning in creative ways. These are some of the ways that students are learning skills that prepare them for the 21st century and that provide them with opportunities to collaborate, think critically, be creative, and then communicate their ideas.

CVUSD staff is prepared to share the challenges and successes of their Mobile Learning Initiative in the form of Deep Dive Sessions. These Deep Dives will allow attendees to take a look at the WiFi on Wheels program where routers are placed on school buses and placed in neighborhoods where there is no connectivity, to see how CVUSD partners with the community to help provide connectivity and equity for all, to learn ways to change the face of IT to have a focus on instruction with technology, to adopt strategies for developing 21st century administration and teaching, and to develop programs to support teachers in the classroom.

Coachella Valley Unified School District is very much looking forward to connecting with other educators and share strategies in an effort to continually transform learning for students across the country.

Registration is now open.

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