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Digital Learning Team

Digital Learning Team (January 2015)
Digital Learning Team that will take on the task of studying the current and future state of district technology has been assembled with input from each building principal. It is composed of 27 members, among whom are classroom teachers and specialists from high school, middle school and elementary. The team will analyze the data from the Instructional Practice Survey, conduct additional surveys focused on specific areas of concern noted in Dr. Willert’s Entry Plan, create a shared vocabulary that will guide the work to identify digital tools to support teaching and learning in each Brainerd Public Schools classroom. Watch for additional information on the Digital Learning Team as they work to engage staff, students, families and community member in efforts to create college- and workforce-ready students.

Digital Learning Team Update (February 2015)
The Digital Learning Team has now met twice. The focus thus far has been creating vision, mission, and process for this journey at Brainerd Public Schools. The team has identified challenges in our system. Member feedback has reflected  “hopeful optimism” about the collaborative changes possible. For more information about the process this team is undertaking, please ask any of the following team members:
  • Baxter: Heather Bender (Grade 2) & Nate Macejkovic (Grade 4)
  • Garfield: Heather Larson (Music K-4) & Kayla Anderson (SPED K-4)
  • Harrison: John Tomonovich (Media K-4) & Josh Roiko (Kindergarten)
  • Lowell: Lisa Worden (GT Grade 3) & Sam Marohn (PE K-4)
  • Nisswa: Molly Raske (Principal) & Holly Olson (Grade 3)
  • Riverside: Chris Hunter (Media K-4) & Amanda Ramey (Grade 1)
  • FMS: Jim Reed (Media Tech), Travis Raske (Math), Amy Peeters (SPED), Helene Danielson (LA) & Dan Bzdok (Math)
  • LEC: Tim Richardson
  • BLC: Jami Kraashauer (Math) & Angie Nelson (EC)
  • BHS: Dan Clabo (Science), Janelle Menzel (Grade 9 Math & Engineering), Susan Thurlow  (Media & Engineering), Audra Lind (LA), Nicole Harmer (Science) & Jess Wales (SPED)
  • WESB: Cassandrea Searcy (EC)  
Digital Learning Team Update (March 2015)

The Digital Learning Team has created a vision statement of “Brainerd Public Schools will provide  a digital education to prepare each learner for success as 21st Century global citizens.”

The team has also defined some key questions or challenges that we face as a district:

1.     Professional development, support, change management, and implementation time

2.     Budget and funding - how to get and keep things

3.     Communication and marketing of plan once developed

4.     Device/software selection both for school and home accessibility

5.     Support from parents, school board, and community

6.     Connectivity outside of town proper in our communities 

The Digital Learning Team received a presentation from the Apple Education Team and are looking forward to another from HP Education Team. The team is currently working on the planning document that will guide the process. This document will be presented to the school board and will satisfy the Minnesota Department of Education Technology Planning requirement. 

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