On April 7th, we hosted visitors from Apple, Inc. and presented on the successes of our 1:1 Student Laptop program as one of their Distinguished School Districts.
Recognition as an Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for schools that meet criteria for innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstrate Apple’s vision of exemplary learning environments.
We’ve been successful in using Apple technology for our 1:1 Student Laptop Program which included us issuing district-owned MacBooks to our students in grades 8-12. This new capability enabled enhancements in our blended teaching and learning environment with the ultimate goal of achieving college readiness for our students.
Our presentation was facilitated by Dr. Sanchioni, Superintendent, Dr. Nolin, Assistant Superintendent, and Grace Magley, Director of Digital Learning, where they discussed why Natick is an Apple Distinguished Program. Covering the five significant areas of Apple’s program, Natick leaders had an opportunity to discuss all the great things we’re doing in the district.
The five areas covered were: visionary leadership, innovative learning and teaching, ongoing professional learning, compelling evidence of success, and flexible learning environments.
At Natick Schools, district leaders takes a collective approach when implementing technology, always with the goal that it will allow our students to master curriculum at higher levels. In addition, we aim to ensure our educators and staff remain at the top of their game by providing access to ongoing professional development opportunities provided by the district and through external resources.
Natick educators are provided opportunities to apply for grant funding to support learning new teaching methods and bringing it back to the district to share with peers. We also offer an array of courses for teachers to attend that work towards ensuring our staff stay at the top of their game because we realize the education our student receive depends on the investment and development of our staff.
District leadership and ongoing professional development helps us work towards developing innovative learning and teaching solutions in the classroom through personalized learning. At Natick Schools, we believe that learning is a personal experience for every student. There can be challenges when trying to make teaching more individualized; however, the laptop program has really given our students the ability to fully understand and support how they learn best through the use of technology. Additionally, teachers can help students be more active in their learning experiences. With the entire high school using laptops, online learning and flipped classroom techniques are more accessible.