Mission & Goals

TECHNOLOGY MISSION

The Hastings Public Schools will provide the technologies necessary for students and other members of our community to become lifelong learners and productive citizens.

BELIEF STATEMENTS

We believe that instructional and other technologies, in addition to improving productivity, should also foster communication, collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, and creativity among our students, staff, and community learners.

We believe that technologies are a vital component in delivering instruction, as well as in making classrooms more responsive to student interests and needs, including those with unique student learning needs.

We believe that technologies should help give our students a global outlook, make them more successful in processing information, and better equip them for the demands of higher education and the workplace.

We believe that ongoing and evolving technology staff development and training is vital.

We believe that staff, students, and the community at large will need to continuously adapt to changing technologies.

TECHNOLOGY GOALS AND STRATEGIES

To use technologies to improve administrative efficiencies and support data-based decision-making by school leaders.

  • Identify situations in which administrative efficiency and/or decision making may be better supported through the use of specific technologies.
  • Procure the software and other resources necessary to improve administrative efficiency in selected areas.
  • Provide the training and time needed to successfully use the new approaches.

To integrate instructional technologies into the curriculum and to support instructional improvement.

  • Encourage, facilitate, and expect staff to use technologies whenever and wherever they may be the best instructional tools.
  • Continue to expand and explore new instructional technologies.
  • Ensure that students and staff use technologies legally and ethically.
  • Continue to expand the use of technology to accommodate different learning styles.
  • Make available software and hardware that supports identified curriculum needs and instructional strategies.
  • Encourage, facilitate, and expect the use of specific instructional technologies to accelerate student learning.
  • Expand the capacity for classroom wireless connectivity for the integration of wireless technologies.
  • Explore options for online, blended and hybrid classes/options at the high school level.
  • Continue to expand on using technology tools to support career and college readiness.

To establish databases and data analysis strategies for teachers to use in curricular and instructional decision-making.

  • Collect the necessary information to be readily accessible to instructional staff to assist in data-driven decisions.
  • Provide training on data-based decision-making for teachers and departments.
  • Administrators and instructional staff will analyze data to inform instruction and individual student interventions.

To maintain and improve staff development and technology training opportunities.

  • Establish and promote minimum competency requirements for staff.
  • Establish local technology standards for administrators and teachers aligned with the ISTE (and Common Core) standards.
  • Provide staff with access to technology self-assessment tools.
  • Use technology skills assessment tool provided by MDE to gather comparative data for the district.
  • Continue to offer training on an as needed and as requested basis to encourage the use of emerging technologies as well as continued training in productivity tools.
  • Use large-scale staff development approaches only when necessary and appropriate (those that may involve upgrades and awareness level training).
  • Provide technology training and staff development to support the school district initiatives of collaboration, data-driven instruction, differentiated instruction, and 21st Century skills.
  • Continue to offer optional after school and summer technology training sessions.
  • Continue to provide options for outside-of-district technology training opportunities (TIES, SORLA, etc.).
  • Continue to provide access to 24/7 technology training (Atomic Learning and other).

To use technology to encourage parental involvement and to improve communications with parents and the community at large. 

  • Continue to maintain and expand the district's web presence.
  • Increase awareness and expand TIES SchoolView as a parent/guardian portal into his/her child's school to view pertinent, secure student information.
  • Continue to expand varying means of electronic communication to the public including social media.
  • Promote electronic communication to parent(s)/guardian(s) using SchoolConnects.
  • Continue to use technology tools to increase efficiencies for parents, students and staff (for example, options for online payment, online registration, online access to payroll information, etc.

To ensure the equitable distribution of instructional technologies throughout the school district.

  • Procure stable, long-range funding commitments for instructional technologies.
  • Continue to annually review and plan for upgrades of both hardware and software as needed and as funding is available.
  • Determine possible solutions provide access to students who may not have access to technology at home.

To continue to explore emerging technology tools and practices and implement to meet school district needs.

  • Continue to maintain and potentially expand and upgrade our VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol).
  • Explore and expand options for videoconferencing throughout the district.
  • Consider potential replacement of older technologies with new options as they become available and affordable.
  • Continue to provide awareness and offer training to fully utilize the tools that are currently available.

To continue to maintain and make improvements to our technology infrastructure, including (but not limited to) servers, switches, wired connectivity, wireless connectivity, etc.

  • Consider a regular replacement plan for district and building servers.
  • Explore efficiencies and other improvements that could result by the expansion of the SAN for centralized storage of files.
  • Budget for the replacement of switches and other technology infrastructure as needed.
  • Research and set priorities for the expansion of wireless capacity throughout the district.
  • Expand options for cloud computing applications.
  • Expand options for server virtualization.
  • Explore options for desktop virtualization.
  • Continue to make improvements in use of FCC radios.

May 2014 Revision