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Schools Honored for Innovative Implementations of Digital Content and Curriculum

K-12 schools recognized by the Center for Digital Educationare successfully using digital content and curriculum to improve instruction and student engagement.

DENVER, COLO. — June 29, 2016 — K-12 schools that are breaking new ground in the use of digital content and curriculum were honored by the Center for Digital Education (CDE), in collaboration with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), at the fourth-annual Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards (DCCAA) in Denver last night (read the full story here).

“It’s exciting to see that schools all over the country are moving from pilot projects to full-scale implementation of digital content and curriculum,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director of the Center for Digital Education. “This year’s honorees are taking the practice of education to new heights that show great promise for other districts to follow.”

DCCAA awards are presented to schools in three categories: Large District/Schools (12,000 or more students), Medium District/Schools (3,000 – 12,000 students) and Small District/Schools (up to 3,000 students). Schools earning top honors this year include:

Rowan-Salisbury Schools, NC – Digital Citizenship (Large District/School category)
The Rowan-Salisbury Schools Digital Citizenship Curriculum was created to reinforce the district’s new 1:1 take-home device program where all students receive either a MacBook Air or iPad. Created by 25 Rowan-Salisbury Schools teachers and an instructional technology facilitator, the lessons provide a robust and comprehensive curriculum designed to provide students in grades K-12 with 18 vertically and horizontally aligned lessons on digital citizenship, including Internet safety, privacy and security, relationships and communication, cyberbullying, etc.

Columbus Municipal School District, Miss. – Digital Transformation and OER (Medium District/School category)
Columbus Municipal School District (CMSD) was a D-rated school district in the poorest performing state, with a 60% drop-out rate and less than 30% of its students meeting grade-level expectations districtwide. In less than one year, CMSD developed a blended K-16 Instructional and Technology Integration Model, administered 1:1 and 2:1 implementation districtwide, and transitioned to Open Educational Resources districtwide. Today, student engagement has increased to the upper 90th percentile, parental and community involvement has experienced exponential growth, and graduation rates have improved by 10%. CMSD has also saved and repurposed approximately $800,000.

Sheboygan Falls School District, WI – Elementary-Level Computer Programming (Small District/School category)
Sheboygan Falls School District is using technology to teach technology. The district recently launched elementary computer programming, a series of age-appropriate, computer-based lessons taught to first through fourth-graders. For example, in kindergarten, lessons include the use of robots, which teach students to problem-solve and place events in the correct order, among other things. The program increases problem solving skills, encourages the development of highly-valued programming skills and prepares students for computing classes in middle school.

Additional DCCAA honorees include:

K-12 Large District/School Honorees (12,000 or more students):

  • Coachella Valley Unified School District, CA – SAMR Advanced Instructor (SAMRai) Teacher Micro-Credentialing
  • Katy Independent School District, TX – Connecting Learners to Create Unparalleled Learning Experiences
  • Vista Unified School District, CA – Digital Conversion
  • Wilson County School District, TN – Immersing Students with 3D and Virtual Reality Content

K-12 Medium District/School Honorees (3,000 – 12,000 students):

  • McHenry School District 15, IL – Making Time to Make a Difference in a Digital World
  • City School District of New Rochelle, NY – Writing and Filmmaking

K-12 Small District/School Honorees (up to 3,000 students):

  • Mineola Union Free School District, NY – Flipping the Elementary Math Classroom
  • Piedmont Unified School District, CA – Flipping the Classroom with Video Science Lessons
  • Sarah Pyle Academy, DE – Blending Technology & Personalization 4 Success

Read more about the honorees and their award-winning initiatives here.

The Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards program was established by CDE to recognize schools for their innovation and diligence in digital content and curriculum program implementation.

CDE thanks sponsors APEX Learning, Desire2Learn, DreamBox Learning, Edgenuity, itslearning inc., Learning.com, Microsoft, NETGEAR, Samsung, SHI and SMART Technologies Inc. for underwriting the 2016 Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards.

About the Center for Digital Education
The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insights to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.

CDE is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

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