School District Pursues Instructional Equity with Digital Literacy
The Chandler Unified School District recognized the importance of providing instructional equity with digital literacy across the district for their diverse student body. Having served two decades in technology education, Cristen Marceau was appointed to lead the initiative.
The two biggest barriers to instructional equity that she identified were a standardized curriculum and adequate teacher training. As a result, students encounter an uneven quality of instruction from classroom to classroom and school to school.
While searching for a digital literacy solution to offer instructional equity throughout the entire district, a coworker mentioned Learning.com’s EasyTech.
Why EasyTech? Cristen Marceau was especially impressed by the talent and creativity EasyTech accommodates with its pacing guides, lesson plans, and scope and sequence.
“When I started looking at the EasyTech pacing guides and the lesson plans, it felt so possible to me. Before, I had nothing to go on to create lessons. And now, seeing what other technology teachers have done with it, and how much talent and creativity EasyTech accommodates as we work with the product, is all pretty impressive.”
And after deeply exploring the product, the district decided that EasyTech was the best solution to implement a comprehensive technology curriculum spanning topics like typing, coding, technology applications, and online safety.
The district also made the decision to hire technology teachers to roll-out the curriculum and coach classroom teachers on technology integration.
“My role is to support the teachers to support our students. Our mission in this district is to really give our students the knowledge and skills that are necessary for them to succeed in life, in career, and in college. Supporting our teachers to offer the best digital learning curriculum to our students is a valuable instructional strategy for us all.”
With a standardized curriculum in place and instructional coaching, the Chandler School District embarked on its quest for instructional equity for all students.
“When I started looking at the EasyTech pacing guides and the lesson plans, it felt so possible to me. Before, I had nothing to go on to create lessons. And now, seeing what other technology teachers have done with it, and how much talent and creativity EasyTech accommodates as we work with the product, is all pretty impressive.”Cristen Marceau