The Texas Instructional Agency (TIA), Texas Agency of Board School Members (TABS), and the governing Agency of the Instructional Consortium of Service Centers (AISCs) have joined together to assess and evaluate school districts in your area, Region 9. You and your team have been selected upon the recommendation of key personnel to serve on the District Task Force unit. Due to findings recently published in the Rew Research Report, some startling and worrisome problems were identified. Rather than impose a solution from on high, the Tri-Agency Commission has formed district task forces to develop recommendations for each problem shared. Your work will be combined and shared with others in the State.
The issues have been anonymized as possible to eliminate bias from the solution finding process. In our time together, you and your team will have the opportunity to explore a specific issue, develop a solution, then share how this problem should be resolved as part of a formal recommendation. Each problem is written as if YOU were the technology director and being held accountable for the failure. The strategy recommendations your team develops will be included in the publication and presented at the TCEA 2017 State Conference.
It's Friday morning and one of your technicians just reported that the Curriculum Department is planning an "unconference" at a middle school campus. They need to have YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Google Plus, Google Hangouts unblocked and available for guests logins. Teachers, administrators, parents and students will all be at this professional learning event on the power of social media to connect and collaborate. The Superintendent will be introducing the keynote speaker. The technology director is out on vacation and is completely unaware of the situation. The tech crew, anticipating an easy break, set aside time to put together some new computer labs at the high school. Some thing needs to happen...and, fast!
By the end of our time today, your team will have successfully completed the Task Checklist as well as formulated a recommendation to the Tri-Agency Commission as to the ideal response and interactions to resolve the issue identified.
First Step: Your first step is to take-on different jobs to facilitate communication and fill out this information in the online form.
Second Step: Reflect on the issue and, as a team, complete the Task Force Unit Chart.
Third Step: Your District Task Force Leader will ask for a short update to the group. Since your District Task Force Leader is not available in person, you will need to present an oral report to the entire group. At that time, the DTFL will also share some more information and insights. Incorporate this information and develop a recommendation that has these components:
Fourth Step: Share the link to your GoogleSlides presentation here.
Now that you have had a chance to explore this issue, and since you have had advance access to the Task Force units ideas for improving service, what strategies could you adopt in your school district?