Technology hires, TED talks and teachers teaching teachers sparks a culture change

Walking around Wilmington Area School District’s combined high school and middle school building feels a bit like the movie Groundhog Day. No matter which staircase or hallway you take, you always seem to wind up right in front of the Technology Department. Its colorful fluorescent sign, open door and a constant flow of students and teachers popping in to ask questions is a welcomed sight at the district.

This is intentional, no doubt, as WASD has placed educational technology at the core of its curriculum strategy, and an accessible technology department is a key component to success. Wilmington’s educational technology journey began about three years ago, with the start of its Questeq partnership, and it has since experienced improved student outcomes due to increased one-on-one time between students and teachers, as well as complete buy-in from all educators in the district. Now, WASD sets an example for other school districts in the region—it was even named a Google Reference District in July, 2017, meaning they are essentially Google ambassadors and get to test Google software before it becomes available to the public.

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