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Coachella Valley Unified School District

The district rolled out a 1:1 district-wide technology initiative and built an Education and Community Support Center to directly support the iPad initiative.

State: California Number of Students: 18,861
School Type: Public School District Free and Reduced Lunch: 92.3%
Grade Level: PK-Adult English Language Learners: 53.6%

School Context

High Quality Instruction: The district is focused on recruiting, supporting and retaining strong staff members.

The Whole Child: CVUSD places the whole child at the center of all teaching and learning, prioritizing safe schools, highexpectations and the encouragement of the desire for lifelong learning.

English for All: While English proficiency for all students in the district is paramount, Coachella Valley USD prioritizesthe culture and diversity of its students.

Community Counts: To increase student success, the district prioritizes building positive relationships with families andcommunity members.


State of Technology

One-to-One Roll Out: During the 2013-2014 school year, CVUSD rolledout a 1:1 district-wide technology initiative. By the 2015-2016 schoolyear, iPad carts were made available to K-6 students for use at school,while students in grades 7-12 were able to take iPads home.

Supporting the Community: As part of their district infrastructureupgrade, CVUSD built an Education and Community Support Centerto directly support the iPad initiative. School community members,including families, can receive technology training at the centersacross the district.

iCenter for Resources and Training: The iCenter is a training andresource hub where teachers can come together to learn aboutthe latest edtech products, seek out professional developmentopportunities or even request a customized training for their school.For example, iCenter hosts “Tech Tuesdays,” in-depth sessionsexploring a variety of tech topics each week. In addition, educatorscan sign up for SAMRai (SAMR Advanced Instructor) Program, a5-week training module designed to show teachers how to implementTechnological, Pedagogical, and Content Knowledge (TPACK) intoinstruction.


Tech Needs & Requirements

CVUSD is an iPad district because of the bond measure that provides an iPad to every student in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. As a result of this iPad focus, all software tools must gothrough a process to ensure that they will be successfulon the iPad and in the classrooms. The process involvesEducational Services, the Business Office and TechnologyServices. Once a program is determined to be iPad compatible, allprograms begin with a pilot phase in which a group ofeager teachers use the program within their classrooms.When selecting pilot teachers, the district aims to includea variety of grade levels and subject areas to assess thescalability of the program to a larger group of teachers.


Initiatives

Expanding Bandwidth and Connectivity: The district is undertaking a number of initiatives aimed at increasingbandwidth and connectivity in the the classroom and at home such as:

Wifi on Wheels: The district will continue to expand its Wifi on Wheels initiative to all buses in the district.

Partnership for Hotspots: The district partners with Verizon Wireless to offer discounted hotspot devices to studentsand their families.

Partnerships for Wifi: The district partners with local businesses who offer free wifi for students to use tocomplete homework assignments.

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