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TECHNOLOGY PLAN

PLAN INTRODUCTION
Plan Last Edited: 02/24/2009
Technology Planning Committee:
Fernando Donatti – Superintendent/CEO
Ayanna Williams – Board President
Roberto Aramayo – Technology Department
Patricia Beistegui- Teacher
Carmen Rivera – Dean of Instruction
Angeles Moreno – Parent
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
This educational technology plan is designed to direct the Draw Academy Charter School efforts to use technology to help students meet curriculum standards and help the staff deliver instruction and services to students and parents. The plan describes:
• The School’s Mission
• Our vision for using educational technology as a tool for student achievement
• Ways technology will assist administrative, business, and instructional support functions
• Our minimum expectancies for students and staff as users of technology
• A plan for the training the staff to integrate educational technology with effective instructional and managerial functions
• Our requirements for hardware, software, network configurations, and applications.

Purpose
DRAW ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL has prepared this Technology Plan to articulate a common vision for technology in the district and identify the strategies that will help us use advanced technology to improve the academic achievement, including technology literacy, of all students of rigorous curriculum standards and the development of critical thinking skills that are essential for academic and workplace success and build the capacity of all teachers to integrate technology effectively into curriculum and instruction.
Background
This plan is based on information drawn from many sources including:
• A review of the literature to identify best practices including other schools’ successful stories and appropriate practices.
• A survey of school site hardware and instructional media.
• A survey of teachers, administrators, and students
• School site meetings
• Other district’s technology plans
Parameters
This three-year Technology Plan is driven by the state curriculum standards and supports the educational mission and instructional goals of DRAW ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL and by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Specific attention is given to addressing student standards for technology as defined by the Technology Applications Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), required in the Texas Education Code, Section 28.002. The Technology Applications TEKS found in 19 TAC Chapter 126 describe what students should know and be able to do using technology. As a part of the enrichment curriculum, these TEKS are to be used as guidelines for providing instruction. The goal of the Technology Applications TEKS is for students to gain technology-based knowledge and skills and to apply them to all curriculum areas at all grade levels.
The plan stresses the importance of ongoing and sustained staff development in the integration of technology into the curriculum for teachers, principals, administrators, and school library media personnel to further the effective use of technology in the classroom or library media center. It also is consistent with the recommendations for LEAs as defined by the Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology in the areas of Teaching and Learning, Educator Preparation and Development, Administration and Support Services, and Infrastructure for Technology, as well as the e-rate applications guidelines, and other state standards, such as the newly adopted Technology Applications Standards for Beginning Teachers.
Vision Statement
The school mission statement reads: Diversity, Roots and Wings Academy will provide all students with a personalized, supportive, and engaging school environment where they can obtain the knowledge and skills necessary to find success as individuals and as members of their communities. The focus of the curriculum will incorporate active, project-based learning, which connects learning across academic disciples and by addressing the specific academic needs of students. The daily curriculum will actively engage students in multiple language development and utilize current technology tools. The school will celebrate student diversity, as an important contribution to the greater society. The collaboration with universities, corporations, businesses, and the community at large will provide a transitional bridge from the academic programs of Diversity, Roots and Wings Academy and to steady employment and further education through real world application of learning
There cannot be a gap between what a student needs to know in pure academic matter and the technology knowledge required to accomplish that goal and to fulfill a successful future.

The School’s Vision for its Technology Plan
As the technology gap between the technology “haves” and “have-nots” widens, lack of access to the economic opportunities inherent in the technology revolution of the latter part of the 20th century and beyond will render those in the disenfranchised communities virtually unemployable.
To prosper in the new global economy of the 21st century, individuals will have to have the economic benefits of technology ingrained in their everyday life in such a way that “demystifies” technological concepts and exposes them to the new paradigms of life-long learning, knowledge work, and electronic communication and commerce. Schools are dynamic and ever-changing institutions. If our schools are to fully participate in the information age, we must plan for technology and technology must become a vital part of every school’s culture.
This plan is our roadmap for integrating technology into everyday classroom practice and into the organizational and management functions of the school. The Draw Academy technology plan lays out the requirements and design of an information and communications infrastructure in our classrooms and offices. Our goals are to use technology to extend existing curricula, create new curricula, administer more efficiently, and develop new ways of relating to our students, their families, and the community.
This careful and comprehensive automation will offer all those who use our services the opportunity to become well educated in the technology that exits today and the new technology that will be created in the future.
It is vitally important, in this day and age, that students are aware of and comfortable with the technology that has become a part of everyday life. We will provide our students with ready access to computers and the world of information now available on-line. We also plan to help teachers integrate technology into their teaching and curriculum planning.
Our goal is to incorporate technology into the educational process through an integrated, comprehensive framework to acquire, apply, and evaluate technological resources. This framework ensures that all students will have the opportunity to develop the learning skills necessary to be productive citizens in information driven global society. The information resources furnished through this infrastructure will help our students be well-prepared, confident citizens in the next century.
This plan addresses our district office at 3920 Stoney Brook. Houston, TX. 77063, with a total capacity of 300 students, 36 teachers, and administrators. As technology changes and the body of knowledge surrounding effective uses of technology evolve, we will update and revise this plan. The plan was developed with the input of many people representing a wide range of views and beliefs – including students, parents, teachers, classified staff, administrators, community members, and business partners. This plan addresses many fundamental questions including:
What information-age education will best prepare students for the future?
What kinds of technological skills do students need to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world?
How can technology tools empower students and staff?
What type of training is required and needed for both educators and students?
What specific equipment is needed to be modified, improved, and acquired?
NEEDS ASSESSMENT
Assessment Process: DRAW ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL created a committee of students, parents, the superintendent, teachers, technology department, and board members to analyze and determine the district technology needs. This Technology Plan attempts to articulate a common vision in the district by identifying the strategies that will help us use advanced technology to improve the academic achievement of rigorous curriculum standards, the technology literacy of all students, and the development of critical thinking skills that are essential for academic and workplace success. The plan also articulates the methodology to build teachers’ capacity to integrate technology effectively into curriculum and instruction.
In order to determine the current status, a faculty and staff in-service that included an online needs assessment survey was conducted by the technology director; who also facilitated faculty meetings, met individually with teachers regarding their specific disciplines to assist them in expanding their integration of technology into their curriculum and instruction.
Parent meetings were attended to assess parent understanding of technology use in the school and to obtain their feedback.
Finally the technology coordinator met regularly with the CEO/Superintendent to assess financial status regarding available technology funding.
Existing Conditions:
Prior to the creation of the technology plan, a comprehensive inventory of the existing technology environment was conducted. The inventory consisted of the telecommunications, computers, network appliances, servers, and video equipment and assets. The school has an Internet presence through the website: http://www.drawacademy.org
Currently, the school has the following technology assets in use:
1. A developed and implemented local (LAN) and wide area network (WAN0. The server/based network allows consist of 1 router provided by the ISP, 5 clone servers, 11 Linksys 24 ports switches, Smart-PS 1400xl (battery pack), VXA Tape Backup, 2 network printers, and 75 workstations.
2. 5 clone servers with the following specs:
a. OS/ Windows 2003 Server
b. Processor/ 1.8 gigahertz Intel Pentium III
c. Processor/ 8 kilobyte primary memory cache
d. Processor/ 512 kilobyte secondary memory. Cahce
e. Memory Modules/ 1024 Gigabytes

3. Student workstations: (total number of workstations: 105 )
a. Clone: No Floppy and No CD Rom, 1.67 gigahertz AMD, 256mb, Windows Xp, 20GB Hard Drive.
b. Clone: 1.13 gigahertz Intel Pentium III, 20.GB Hard Drive, 256mb Ram, Windows Xp, Mitsmi CD-ROM,
No Floppy
c. DELL Computer Corporation Precision 330 NEC: Upgraded to Windows XP Pro., 1.47 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4, 512mb ram, 20gb hard drive
d. Dell Computer Corporation OptiPlex GX240, 1.70 gigahertz Intel Pentium 4, 20gb Hard Drive, 256mb ram,
4. Teacher and teacher aides’ laptops: (total number of laptops: 18)
a- DELL:
b- Fujitsu:
5. Variety of equipment such as video, still digital cameras, LCD projectors, TV sets and DVD-VCR equipment.
Technology Needs:
Technology Needs:

Needs and issues as identified in the teachers’ and administrators’ surveys, interviews, meetings, are:

1- On-going professional development:
Professional development is needed for faculty and staff in advance levels of technology usage. Teachers’ use of office applications such as text processing, spreadsheets, and graphics presentation software is utilized on a daily basis and used not only for administrative reporting but also for students’ instruction.
Expansion of teacher use, in the areas stated above, need to include advanced delivery of content instruction through the use of text processing (as example of animated text), spreadsheets (use of formulas for calculation and grading strategies), and graphics presentation (use of graphics to illustrate hard to understand concepts for instruction) software. In-house instruction will be created or revised, and provided to the faculty and staff as workshops. These workshops will be made available to faculty/staff on whole-day Saturdays and established on the school calendar at the beginning of the school year.
2- More integration of technology into the curriculum. The administration not only addresses these needs with training as needed and identified but also encourages the utilization of technology in every activity performed by the students. The lesson plans are required to identify and describe a technology component for every lesson.
Increase usability of existing WAN access to accommodate intensive use of on-line graphics, audio, and video school day. The V-Brick system has been upgraded enabling our TV environment web based and to broadcast a live signal on the Internet

3- Access to technology resources for teachers and students. The computers are located in the classrooms and not in an isolated computer lab, thus the students’ access is guarantee, required, and encouraged in every activity utilizing the technology provided by the school.
Nevertheless we need to provide a technology solution for our students who have limited or no access to anytime, anywhere technologies outside of the regular school day. The vast majority of DRAW’sfamilies do not have access to technology or knowledge of the how-to. DRAW has implemented adult computing classes to our community members and parents outside of the instructional day. A plan will also be developed to purchase lap-tops to be borrowed by students for use outside the instructional day.

4- To develop the ultimate purpose of the technology integration to the daily academic activities as a tool and as a component of a culture that is new, that is in development and that mainly is still in its design phase. For many years we have been finding a different way for the computer to replace outdated learning techniques and to change the way we work and produce work. For example, we use a keyboard instead of a typewriter and we use the Internet instead of a library. But the real challenge is to create a new culture of global understanding rather than simply keeping on doing the same things faster or easier. To address that need the school conducts open discussions during faculty meetings and the administration is always open to listen, support and fund new and innovative ideas. One example is the utilization of our V-Brick system to broadcast our signal. This can be utilized to reach school outside our cultural environment to share what is happening in schools.

5- The school needs to develop a budget and a program to acquire technology equipment to assure equitable access by those students and families who are deprived due economic or cultural barriers. A program that would allow students to check-out laptop computers to take home will provide an answer to those needs.

6- The school must review data to compare the progress of students not only in the technology aspects but also the academic grades as a result of the exposure and usage of higher levels of technology.

7- Schools have been historically isolated and detached from what outsiders call the “real world”. Even teachers who come into the profession from other activities are referred to have “real world” experience. It is a need to expand the students’ reach to outside resources using technology as the media to accomplish that goal.
Examples of this are key-pals and learning cooperation links with other educational institutions allowing the expansion of school walls using technology as the window to that “real world”. After all our students’ life and experiences is as real as the “other world” outside.
GOALS, OBJECTIVES, AND STRATEGIES
Goal 1: DRAW Academy will create opportunities for professional development and will provide human resources support for faculty in all levels of technology usage.

Objective 1.1: Expansion of teacher knowledge to improve the technology richness and quality of the delivery of content instruction
Budget for this objective: $9,000.00
LRPT Category: Educator Preparation and Development
E-Rate Correlates: ER02
NCLB Correlates: 01 04a 04b 07 11

Strategy 1.1.1: Professional development opportunities and coursework will be determined by on-going teacher self-assessments and surveys and also as decided by the technology coordinator and the CEO/Superintendent.
State: Revised
Status: In Progress
Timeline: August and December starting in 2009.
Person(s) Responsible: Technology Coordinator
Evidence: Completion of professional development coursework. Improvement on the quality and level of detail evidenced on the teachers’ self-assessments and surveys. Improvement in technology usage in the classroom evidenced by the students’ work.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: EP01, EP02, EP03, EP04, EP05, EP06, EP07, EP08, EP09, I05, I09, LAS01, LAS02, LAS03, LAS06, LAS10, TL01, TL02, TL03, TL06, TL12, TL16

Strategy 1.1.2: Teachers will utilize the newly learned techniques when delivering the curriculum to provide appropriate responses to individual student needs in order to improve academic achievement.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: School years 2009-2012
Person(s) Responsible: Classroom teachers, academc coordinator.
Evidence: Stuents will increase their classroom grades, scores in standardized tests, and quality of classwork.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: EP05, EP06, EP09, LAS01, TL01, TL03, TL07, TL08

Strategy 1.1.3: Teachers will create their classroom web-pages containing lesson plans, student access to homework help, links to support sites, and general information for parents. The site will also serve as a collaborating tool to share lessons and resources with colleagues within and outside the school.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: 2009-2010 school year, first semester.
Person(s) Responsible: Classroom teachers, technology coordinator.
Evidence: 100% of classroom teachers will have their own personal web-page.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: LAS03, TL13, TL16

Strategy 1.1.4: The professional development opportunities will be designed in order to allow teachers to master the Technology Applications Educator Standards and participation in the Master Technology Teacher Program
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: School year 2009-10 Technology Applications Educator Standards School year 2010-2012 Master Technology Teacher Program
Person(s) Responsible: Technology coordinator.
Evidence: Number of teachers participating and successfully completing the programs.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: EP01, EP05, EP07

Objective 1.2: Professional development will address the integration of technology within the curriculum. Teachers will be required to include a technology component for every academic subject of the lesson plan.
Budget for this objective: $7,500.00
LRPT Category: Educator Preparation and Development
E-Rate Correlates: ER02
NCLB Correlates: 01 02 04a 04b 07 11

Strategy 1.2.1: Teachers and faculty will have to integrate technology into the curriculum. Teachers and faculty will have the opportunity for mentoring and be mentored in successful and proven effective technology practices. Teachers and faculty will have time to develop and research technology integration into existing curriculum.
State: Revised
Status: In Progress
Timeline: First week of professional development before the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year and three professional development days built the 2009-2010 school year. Follow up and revision of the curriculum every school thereafter on the first week of professional development before the beginning of each school year
Person(s) Responsible: CEO/Superintendent. Technology coordinator. Academic coordinator.
Evidence: Professional development coursework completion. Development a comprehensive technology integration into the curriculum. Development of a school wide how-to technology procedures and programs.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: EP01, EP08, EP09, LAS01, LAS03, LAS06, LAS08, LAS12, TL01, TL06, TL14

Strategy 1.2.2: Students will be required to utilize technology equipment to prepare and delivery their projects presentations. A technology component will be required as part of the syllabus on each project.
State: Revised
Status: In Progress
Timeline: School years 2009-2012
Person(s) Responsible: Teachers and technology coordinator
Evidence: Number of technology resources utilized and quality of the presentations.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: LAS01, LAS05, TL09, TL12

Strategy 1.2.3: Students will increase their academic achievement as a result of their increased research abilities and their connections with outside resources.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: School years 2009-2012
Person(s) Responsible: Classroom teachers
Evidence: Scores improvement on school snapshots, State mandated tests, and quality of project presentations.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: I02, LAS05, TL09, TL10, TL12, TL14, TL16

Objective 1.3: To provide opportunities for teachers, students, and staff to raise the level of use of technology resources through innovative methodologies to improve student academic achievement.
Budget for this objective: $6,000.00
LRPT Category: Educator Preparation and Development
E-Rate Correlates: ER02
NCLB Correlates: 02 11

Strategy 1.3.1: Teachers, students, and staff will meet to discuss, research and develop activities to utilize technolgy in innovative and creative ways exploring beyond the traditional manner. Teachers will be encouraged and funded to propose and apply innovative methodologies.
State: Original
Status: In Progress
Timeline: Monthly meetings with the technology coordinator, teachers, and faculty each school year starting on 2009-2010.
Person(s) Responsible: Technology Coordinator.
Evidence: Innovative programs as proposed by teachers and approved by the CEO/Superintendent.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: EP01, EP04, LAS01, LAS03, LAS13, LAS15, TL08, TL09, TL10, TL13

Strategy 1.3.2: Students will be surveyed after each activity in order to establish overall satisfaction and effectiveness of the learning process. Data on academic achievement related to the activity will be collected. Surveys and data will drive the goals for the meetings as established on 1.3.1
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Monthly starting on 2009-2010 school year.
Person(s) Responsible: Technology coordinator and teachers.
Evidence: Monthly meetings agenda, minutes, and planned activities.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: LAS10, TL01, TL03, TL07, TL08, TL12

Objective 1.4: The DRAW Academy will expand the support for teachers on the daily operations and the administration requirements for reports and technology activities. Support will mainly be provided for application of innovative methodologies as stated on Objective 1:3
Budget for this objective: $228,000.00
LRPT Category: Leadership, Administration and Support
E-Rate Correlates: ER01
NCLB Correlates: 01 02 03 06

Strategy 1.4.1: DRAW Academy will contract technology maintenance who under the Technology coordinator’s supervision will maintain the existing equipment and will search for opportunities to expand the technology delivery of instruction and to troubleshoot and assist on the implementation of a more elaborated and sophisticated technology environment.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Three school years starting 2009-2010
Person(s) Responsible: Technology Coordinator
Evidence: Decrease on number of repair/trouble shooting tickets received by the technology department. Increase on existing planned activities frequency. Design and development of new activities involving technology and teachers, students and parents.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: I01, I02, I03, I04, I05, I06, I07, I08, I09, LAS01, LAS02, LAS03, LAS04, LAS05, LAS07, LAS10, TL04, TL05, TL06, TL07, TL08, TL10, TL12, TL14, TL15, TL16
Goal 2: To upgrade or replace crucial components of our technology system to accommodate intensive use of online graphics, audio, and video and to explore the potential of our TV station in a web based environment.

Objective 2.1: To upgrade equipment crucial to support Internet communication and data storage for students and teachers.
Budget for this objective: $30,000.00
LRPT Category: Infrastructure for Technology
E-Rate Correlates: ER01
NCLB Correlates: 03 05 08 12

Strategy 2.1.1: DRAW Academy will maintain and periodically upgrade the servers to improve its functionality and to expand the storage space.
State: Revised
Status: In Progress
Timeline: On going maintenance. Upgrade,if needed, at the beginning of each school year starting on 2009-2010
Person(s) Responsible: Technology Coordinator. CEO/Superintendent
Evidence: Servers continuous functionality.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: I01, I02, I05, I06, I07, I08, I09, LAS11, LAS14, LAS15, TL07, TL16

Strategy 2.1.2: Expand the broadcasting of the in-school TV station through the Internet to other schools in order to expand our students awareness of other cultures and realities.
State: Revised
Status: Planned
Timeline: Implementation on August to December 2009. Continuous improvement throughout the 2010-2012 school years
Person(s) Responsible: Technology Coordinator
Evidence: TV signal broadcasting.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: EP04, EP09, I01, I06, I08, LAS10, TL08, TL09, TL10

Objective 2.2: To acquire improved software as needed to protect the teachers and students data as well as to comply with CIPA requirements.
Budget for this objective: $6,000.00
LRPT Category: Infrastructure for Technology
E-Rate Correlates: ER01
NCLB Correlates: 05 07 12

Strategy 2.2.1: The school will purchase and install the software designed to protect the servers from viruses and the students’ access to inappropriate content.
State: Revised
Status: Planned
Timeline: August to December 2009
Person(s) Responsible: Technology coordinator
Evidence: Equipment acquisition and functionality.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: EP09, I01, I05, LAS09, LAS11, LAS14, TL08, TL10, TL11

Objective 2.3: The DRAW Academy will assure the technology equipment will be maintained and upgraded as needed.
Budget for this objective: $30,000.00
LRPT Category: Infrastructure for Technology
E-Rate Correlates: ER01
NCLB Correlates:

Strategy 2.3.1: The DRAW Academy will maintain an accurate inventory and will plan in advance appropriate response for equipment replacement needs as equipment becomes obsolete or new equipment becomes available.
State: Revised
Status: In Progress
Timeline: The inventory and the replacement/addition plan will be conducted on August and May each school year starting on 2009
Person(s) Responsible: Technology Coordinator. CEO/Superintendent.
Evidence: Inventory and written plan.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: I01, I07
Goal 3: To provided students and parent equal access to quality technological learning opportunities.

Objective 3.1: To provide students and parents technology equipment to be utilized outside the school building and outside the school’s schedule.
Budget for this objective: $42,000.00
LRPT Category: Infrastructure for Technology
E-Rate Correlates: ER01
NCLB Correlates: 01 02 03 05

Strategy 3.1.1: To acquire technology equipment (laptop computes) available to be checked out for all students in middle school.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Initial purchase on school year 2009-2010 100% completion by the end of year 2011-2012
Person(s) Responsible: Technology coordinator
Evidence: Equipment check out lists.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: I03, I05, LAS15, TL09, TL10, TL12

Objective 3.2: Expand the number of classes offered for parents.
Budget for this objective: $14,400.00
LRPT Category: Infrastructure for Technology
E-Rate Correlates: ER01
NCLB Correlates: 09 10

Strategy 3.2.1: The DRAW Academy will offer technology classes for parents in early morning and evening schedules in order to accommodate different parents’ working schedules.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Throughout the regular school year starting August 2009
Person(s) Responsible: Technology coordinator. Adult instructor.
Evidence: Attendance sign-in sheets.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: I03, I08, LAS09, TL09

Strategy 3.2.2: DRAW Academy will contract providers to offer adult education classes and training geared to support their children academic development and achievement.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: August to December each school year starting on 2009
Person(s) Responsible: Parent Teacher Organization
Evidence: Number of classes offered, sign-in sheets, student increase in completing homework assignments as reported by teachers.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: I08, LAS05, LAS09, LAS13, TL15

Objective 3.3: To increase Parents’ participation and attendance to PTO monthly meetings and increase the level of communication between parents and school.
Budget for this objective: $6,000.00
LRPT Category: Leadership, Administration and Support
E-Rate Correlates:
NCLB Correlates: 09

Strategy 3.3.1: Increase Parent participation on PTO meetings by including presenters on a variety of subjects including educational techniques, health, homework and classroom support.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: 10 meetings per year, 2009-2010 to 2011-2012 school years
Person(s) Responsible: Technology coordinator
Evidence: Sign-in sheets for PTO meetings as proof of participation will show a minimum of a 50% increase every year.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: LAS07, LAS09

Strategy 3.3.2: Teachers will have access to a phone system that allows delivery of messages directly to parents’ phones.
State: Revised
Status: In Progress
Timeline: 2009-2012
Person(s) Responsible: Principal
Evidence: On-going use of the phone system to assure prompt delivery of school information directly from teachers to parents. Number of ocassions in which individual teachers use the system.
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: I08, LAS09, TL15

Objective 3.4: The school will expand the number of adult education courses offered to include coursework offered by literacy service providers.
Budget for this objective: $3,000.00
LRPT Category: Leadership, Administration and Support
E-Rate Correlates:
NCLB Correlates: 09 10

Strategy 3.4.1: The school will contract with organizations such as the Parent Institute to provide adult education in areas related to assure an increase in parents participation on the academic development of their children.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: August to November and February to May each school year.
Person(s) Responsible: Parent liaison. Parent Teacher Organization.
Evidence: Sing-in sheets as proof of parent participation
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: LAS05, LAS09, LAS13, TL15
Goal 4: DRAW Academy technology program will reach-out the school boundaries providing opportunities for students and teachers to access outside resources.

Objective 4.1: Teachers will incorporate daily classroom opportunities for student to establish contacts with other students in schools within the United States and worldwide.
Budget for this objective: $6,000.00
LRPT Category: Teaching and Learning
E-Rate Correlates: ER01
NCLB Correlates: 03 11

Strategy 4.1.1: Under close teacher supervision students will join organizations and communicate via email with other students of the same age in school within the United States and world-wide
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Three school years. From August to June
Person(s) Responsible: Classroom teachers and Technology coordinator
Evidence: Number of classes with outside partners and frequency of communication
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: I01, I02, I06, TL01, TL03, TL09, TL12

Objective 4.2: Teachers will incorporate daily classroom opportunities for student to establish contacts with professionals and experts within the United States and worldwide.
Budget for this objective: $6,000.00
LRPT Category: Teaching and Learning
E-Rate Correlates: ER01
NCLB Correlates: 11

Strategy 4.2.1: Under close teacher supervision students will join organizations and communicate via email with professionals and experts in a variety of fields of study.
State: Original
Status: Planned
Timeline: Three school years. From August to June
Person(s) Responsible: Classroom teacher and Technology coordinator
Evidence: Number of organizations contacted per classroom and frequency of communications
Comments:
LRPT Correlates: LAS10, LAS13, TL12, TL13, TL15
BUDGET
Total amount of Title II, Part D formula funds received for the current year of this plan: $1,297.00
Method of application for formula funds: Local Application
Budget for year 2009
– Telecom cost: $10,000.00
– Telecom source: 90% E-Rate funding
10% General funds
– Materials cost: $2,000.00
– Materials source: General funds
– Equipment cost: $24,000.00
– Equipment source: General funds
– Maintenance cost: $76,000.00
– Maintenance source: 90% E-Rate funding
10% General funds
– Staff development cost: $7,500.00
– Staff development source: $324.25 Title II, Part D
$7,175.75 General funds
– Miscellaneous cost: $11,800.00
– Miscellaneous source: General funds
– Total: $131,300.00
Budget for year 2010
– Telecom cost: $10,000.00
– Telecom source: 90% E-Rate funding
10% General funds
– Materials cost: $2,000.00
– Materials source: General funds
– Equipment cost: $24,000.00
– Equipment source: General funds
– Maintenance cost: $76,000.00
– Maintenance source: 90% E-Rate funding
10% General funds
– Staff development cost: $7,500.00
– Staff development source: $324.25 Title II, Part D
$7,175.75 General funds
– Miscellaneous cost: $11,800.00
– Miscellaneous source: General funds
– Total: 131,300.00
Budget for year 2011
– Telecom cost: $10,000.00
– Telecom source: 90% E-Rate funding
10% General funds
– Materials cost: $2,000.00
– Materials source: General funds
– Equipment cost: $24,000.00
– Equipment source: General funds
– Maintenance cost: $76,000.00
– Maintenance source: 90% E-Rate funding
10% General funds
– Staff development cost: $7,500.00
– Staff development source: $324.25 Title II, Part D
$7,175.75 General funds
– Miscellaneous cost: $11,800.00
– Miscellaneous source: General funds
– Total: 131,300.00
EVALUATION
Evaluation Process:
DRAW Academy will evaluate the plan and the development of the technology program yearly by the Technology Coordinator and the CEO/Superintendent.
The evaluation will comprehend the following items:
a- Professional development.
b- Lesson plans
c- Students knowledge.
d- Frequency of outside contacts.
e- Equipment constant functionality.

The findings of the evaluation will be utilized to improve the levels of professional development, to target needs for professional development, to adjust the sophistication and complexity of the programs and activities, and to evaluate the needs for equipment acquisition.
These findings will be communicated at the end of each school year and at the beginning of the following school year to faculty and staff with the specific requirement to utilize these findings as guidelines for the improvement of the lesson plans and the direct delivery of technology instruction to the students.
Evaluation Method:
The following are different strategies to monitor the progress of the faculty, staff, and students related the technology development and utilization.
a- Surveys will be conducted with faculty and staff in order to decide on the effectiveness of each professional development courses and the needs for new activities. The surveys will include students’ opinions evaluating the teachers’ ability to use and incorporate technology in the classroom as well as to instruct using technology and its methods.
b- Lesson plans will be revised to assure the inclusion of the technology components as required.
c- The school’s curriculum will be revised frequently throughout the year in order to incorporate technology tools and technology resources as teachers plan and research.
d- The students will be assessed with a pre and post test at the beginning and end of the school year to assure their knowledge, acquisition, utilization, and comprehension of the State Technology TEKS.
e- The Technology Coordinator will supervise classroom activities frequently throughout the year to assess the quality and quantity of students’ and teachers’ communications and contacts other schools and outside organizations.