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The Learning Counsel Seeks Submissions for Digital Curriculum Survey

To help schools and districts make the transition to digital curriculum, the Learning Counsel, a research institute and new media hub, has launched its 2015 Digital Curriculum Strategy Assessment Tool & Survey.

Designed for education executives, curriculum and technology directors, the assessment’s purpose is to pinpoint where schools and districts stand in their implementation of digital curriculum. The Learning Counsel will collect, analyze and summarize the findings and present them at their Annual Gathering and National Awards event in Albuquerque, NM, in October. The summarized results will also be available for free on the counsel’s website.

The national assessment tool and survey was inspired by the Learning Counsel Digital Curriculum Discussion Meetings, which were held in 14 cities last year. According to Leilani Cauthen, CEO and publisher at the Learning Counsel, “Every district and school executive, curriculum director or innovations specialist we met, no matter which city we were in, were running into similar frustrations, funding barriers and PD problems …. We want to share knowledge of what is working and where the greatest challenges are and how they are being overcome. And beyond that, we want to acknowledge the leading schools and districts who are winning with their teachers and students in this digital age.”

The deadline for submissions of the self-assessment and survey is September 15. Once all responses are in, they will be ranked by the Learning Counsel based on answers in the following areas:

  • Strategy elements;
  • digital curriculum tactics;
  • coverage models;
  • policies;
  • organizational practices and systems;
  • successful pedagogical shift; and
  • educator and student technology provisions, training and use of digital curriculum.

The top 10 respondents to the survey will be invited to attend the National Awards Event to be honored for their achievements. Winner interviews will be publicly promoted with videos and editorial on the Learning Counsel site, and press stories on the winners will be issued to general media outlets. In January 2016, a follow-up webinar will feature some of the Top 10 finalists.

About the Author

Christopher Piehler is the former editor-in-chief of THE Journal.

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