Colonial School District

Colonial School District

Personalized Learning in the Colonial School District

Blended and Personalized Learning in the Colonial School District

New Castle, Delaware
April 20 – 22, 2016

Colonial School District is an innovative school district located in Northern Delaware serving a diverse population of approximately 9,800 students from Pre-K to 12th grade. Colonial is a Title I school district with 12/14 schools participating in the USDA Community Eligibility Program that provides breakfast and lunch to students at no cost. Located along the Delaware River, the district extends from Wilmington through Historic New Castle and into Delaware City.

Colonial focuses on 4 Pillars: Early Childhood, Leadership & Learning, Innovation, and Access & Opportunity to positively impact student outcomes through blended and personalized learning. All of this is achieved through the 'Power of WE' and engaging students, parents, staff, and the community to support student learning.

Colonial began their journey to blended and personalized learning in 2010 after attending the Models Schools Conference. Colonial strategically brought about changes to the district mindset, which led to changes to our Policies, Procedures, Infrastructure, Devices, Curriculum, Teaching, Leadership, and Learning. It’s a coordinated team effort that has led to the change in teaching and learning in Colonial. Most recently, we have reconfigured our technology focus to ensure a balanced approach to supporting technology integration in our classrooms and developing our digital leadership through the use of a strategic and coordinated district plan. The collaborative efforts of our staff have created conditions for continued innovation and positive change.

Colonial is proud to be digital leaders in the First State. Colonial is a founding member of the BRINC Technology Consortium, which has helped to effect change at the district and state level. Colonial started the Colonial Technology Conference in 2013 and it has grown to over 200 educators in attendance in 2015. Colonial staff members are the moderators of Delaware’s educational Twitter ‘Chat’ #delachat and have been using #techcsd as a means of connecting and sharing the Colonial story for the past few years. Our teachers have received local, state, and national recognition for their work with digital learning and we presented our journey at the 2015 NSBA Conference. Most recently, Colonial has joined the USDOE as 1 of 10 #GoOpen Launch Districts.

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