Marysville Year 2 Reflection
As the end of the school year approaches it marks the end of our second year of consulting with Marysville School District in Marysville, Washington. When you see school districts commit to this type of long-term change in how teaching and learning looks with devices in the hands of students, it makes you excited for the world these students will create one day.
During the 16-17 school year we provided 58 days of training or roughly 8,000 hours of professional development to 320 teachers and administrators. Here’s a look at some of those trainings.
Made up of mostly High School educators who are in their second full year of a 1:1 environment. This year’s training included going deeper with having students create meaningful projects with students. We covered such topics as the Design Cycle, QR Codes, Animated GIFs, YouTube, and Presentations. Being the first cohort they are leading the change in reworking units and expectations of what it means to teach and learn in a connected environment.
“I got a different perspective on what this training is about; that this is about students creating something to demonstrate their understanding, with or without high-tech tools.” -Cohort 1 participant
Made up of mostly Middle School educators in their second full year of a 1 :1 environment. Our focus and conversation was around creating meaningful projects and finding ways to formatively assess the process of learning not just the product of learning.
“Thank you. I often feel overwhelmed by the steep learning curve, but once I get over the hump, I find myself appreciating the challenge.” -Cohort 2 participant
Made up of mostly Elementary School educators Cohort 3 started their learning journey this year focused on understanding and applying the SAMR model to their teaching practice and making sure that when we are using technology we are using it in authentic and purposeful ways.
“Thank you so much for the help with learning about the new technology and how to use it in my classroom. It is always a great help and I leave feeling inspired!” -Cohort 3 Participant
As we entered year two of this work, we wanted to focus on educators creating resources for themselves within the district. We set up situations that allowed the entire district to learn what was working and not working with Marysville students. Below is an image of the “1:1 Tool Kit” that Marysville educators put together for themselves on what was working with kids.
This is just one of the collaborative documents that the district made this year. Another document has a list of units that have been “redefined” or are a “work in process” of being redefined now that students have connected devices. We are slowly updating the curriculum one unit at a time, which every district needs to do once they decide to go 1:1.
There is not a curriculum that a district can adopt that is created for a 1:1 environment. So each district must take it upon itself to rethink what teaching and learning is in this new learning environment. It’s hard work, and work that very few districts understand needs to happen if you are truly going to see the benefits of a 1:1 environment. The device is the easy part…rethinking teaching and learning is where the real work begins. As we here at Eduro Learning prepare for year three with Marysville educators we are excited as we reflect back on the growth that these educators have made and the growth the district has made. The work will never be done but Marysville School District is well on its way to redefining learning for their community and we are proud to be a part of it.