5. Technology Mission and Vision
a. Technology mission statement (can be the same as System Mission in 3C)
Guidelines / Requirements for compliance in this section (from the Peer-Response Rubric):
- The plan includes a mission statement (usually 3-5 sentences) that communicates the primary purpose, the primary duties, and the core beliefs and values of the local technology program.
- The mission of the local technology program is clearly related to improving student achievement of the QCC.
The technology mission statement is included in the System Mission, Vision, Goals, and Performance Objectives from Section 3c. The Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) vision, mission statement, and other goals were developed through a public review of our stakeholders, constituents, and employees.
District Vision Statement
Gwinnett County Public Schools will become a system of world-class schools where students acquire the knowledge and skills to be successful as they continue their education at the postsecondary level and/or enter the workforce.
The mission of Gwinnett County Public Schools is to pursue excellence in academic knowledge, skills, and behavior for each student, resulting in measured improvement against local, national, and world-class standards.
The following sections are excerpts from “A Strategic Vision for Results.” These vision statements are intended to communicate, internally and externally, Gwinnett County Public Schools’ (GCPS) strategic direction. As such, it provides the foundation for the strategic goals that guide both the school system’s work now as well as seven to ten years in the future. The vision statements include the Quality Core Curriculum (QCC) and Georgia Performance Standards (GPS), because they are included the AKS standards.
This vision lists ten major components of the organization and the desired qualities and characteristics we believe are essential in a system of world-class schools. In the three sections below, our statements reflect our ongoing commitment to excellence, instructionally and operationally, through continuous quality improvement and accountability for results. Items that correlate to technology integration into the curriculum are emphasized using bold italic formatting.
Vision for Information Management and Technology...
As indispensable parts of the instructional and administrative infrastructure of any system of world-class schools, information management and technology in the GCPS will:
a. Advance teaching and learning, with an emphasis on learning and problem-solving.
b. Provide learning opportunities through which students and staff receive, gather, analyze, and/or present information.
c. Provide all users the information, skills, and tools they need to perform their jobs effectively and make data-driven decisions.
d. Help teachers facilitate and evaluate student learning through a variety of methods with anytime, anywhere access.
e. Facilitate communication between the system and its internal and external customers.
f. Enable the system to achieve operational and analytical excellence through the use of progressive technology solutions.
g. Provide the infrastructure to proactively address challenges associated with the expanding demand for digital resources.
Vision for Students...
As customers of a system of world-class schools, our students will:
a. Perform on or above grade level as measured by the standards set in our essential curriculum, the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS), and evidenced through various local, state, national, and international assessments.
b. Take responsibility for their own learning and achievement.
c. Be successful after high school, whether they continue their formal education or immediately enter the workforce.
d. Learn in classrooms that are safe, orderly, and free from violence or disruption of any kind.
e. Demonstrate traditional values and good work habits.
f. Value and appreciate their school experience.
g. Develop and exhibit leadership and teamwork skills through their daily studies and participation in extracurricular activities.
h. Have access to multimedia network resources throughout the school day.
i. Utilize the growing collection of audio and video resources available to all Gwinnett County Public Schools students.
j. Become effective problem solvers and communicators through the proficient use of technology.
Vision for Curriculum and Instruction...
As the essential product and the core process of our system of world-class schools, curriculum and instruction in the GCPS will be distinguished by:
a. Clear alignment of the curriculum with instruction and assessment.
b. The continual review and revision of the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) based on input from faculty, staff, parents, and the community.
c. Widespread knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of the Academic Knowledge and Skills (AKS) as a world-class curriculum.
d. A clear focus on desired results.
e. Teachers’ ability to access within and beyond the classroom the student data necessary for planning instruction.
f. Assessments that are used as teaching and learning tools as well as measures of performance, including Gateway tests that are used in making promotion decisions.
g. Instructional strategies that are relevant, challenging, and engaging to the learner.
h. Teachers’ ability to teach and assess reading as a first priority and a foundation for learning across the curriculum.
i. A commitment to providing both academic extensions to challenge students and appropriate interventions to help students who need more time and opportunity to learn.
Another component of the vision for technology use includes the technology available in the local schools. Based on proposed funding, all middle schools will be brought up to a standard (see Section 7a for more information) first. Elementary schools would then be upgraded, and then a four-year replenishment schedule would be implemented to refresh all technology periodically. This plan is contingent upon funding and available resources for future technology implementations.