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  Tackling the Achievement Gap with Purposeful Technology

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The US Department of Education urges districts to use purposeful technology to narrow the achievement gap and prepare students for real-world  success. While there are a number of incentives for districts to invest in life-changing technology, implementing new programs can seem overwhelming for educators and administrators.

District leaders at Greenville City Schools have risen to the challenge with an initiative that’s designed to meet each student on his or her level. During the 2015-2016 school year, Greenville students grew an average of 15 percentile points on the NWEA MAP assessment, outpacing their peers nationwide. In this video, educators from Greenville review their district’s process and plan, providing insight on the following topics:

  • How to identify the right devices and instructional strategies for your district’s needs

  • Strategies for supporting underserved students

  • Best practices for launching and maintaining a successful edtech initiative

  • Building teacher buy-in and a culture of innovation

Laura Bemus

Laura Bemus

Assistant Superintendent of Greenville City Schools

Laura is a lifetime educator with more than 30 years experience and a passion for innovation and student success. She’s taught students of all ages - from kindergarten to grad school. She’s also served as an Elementary and Middle School Principal and a Director of Curriculum and Special Education.

Jody Harter

Jody Harter

Principal of Woodland Primary School

Jody has worked in education for 9 years as an Intervention Specialist at Darke County ESC and a first grade teacher at Columbus Public. This is her third year as an administrator at Greenville.