General Assistance with Technology Leadership and Digital Learning
Digital Learning Services communicates with district technology leaders in our region to learn about their needs, and then acts to create programs to assist with meeting those needs. Technology Forums with District Technology Directors are held quarterly at ESD 112, providing opportunities for networking, sharing, demonstrations, and rich discussions. ESD 112 Digital Learning also hosts usergroups for Google administrators, librarians, and other district employees seeking to collaborate with their counterparts from other districts.
Technology Professional Development
ESD 112 Digital Learning staff plans and provides professional development on technology tools from multiple platforms to meet the specific needs of districts. Our Digital Learning staff is expert at helping teachers develop the skills to use technology proficiently and integrate it effectively. Courses may be offered at ESD 112 or at your site.
Onsite coaching is transforming classrooms, and our classroom technology coaches are available to help teachers learn to use and integrate technology with their students’ learning projects. They are available to meet with school and district leaders to help identify a focus of need and a schedule of classroom visitations. Once a customized coaching plan is in place, our staff meets with teachers in the context of their professional learning communities, during their prep time, or even during class, depending upon the needs of the teacher, school, or district.
Technology that Supports Teacher and Principal Evaluation
The Digital Learning Services program offers support, assistance and professional development on tools that support teacher and principal professional growth. Training on the use of the online eVAL tool as a support for teacher and principal growth and evaluation is available to teachers, principals and district leaders. These opportunities are just a phone call away.
ESD 112 provides school districts with assistance in applying for E-Rate discounts. Launched during the 2014-2015 school year, there are now 29 districts in three Washington regions that get E-Rate assistance through the E-Rate consortium. For the 2016-2017 school year, the member districts saved approximately $2.6 million in their network and telecommunications costs. Our E-Rate services are provided by our local E-Rate consultant who is a strong advocate for the districts that he assists.