Superintendent, Paul Imhoff
My family and I became part of the Upper Arlington family in 2013, and we quickly learned what has drawn people to this special place for so many years. It's more than the tree-lined streets and beautiful parks - it's a deep sense of community pride and cooperation.
While I am proud to be a member of this great community and a parent in this fantastic school district, I am humbled to serve as its superintendent. It is an honor to work with this fine group of educators as they make a positive impact in the lives of our students. I am invigorated by the thoughts of what is yet to come. Over the next few years, we will be laying the groundwork to build upon the district's tradition of excellence and reach even greater levels of achievement and opportunity for all students.
If you have any ideas or questions about our schools, please feel free to contact me by phone or email.
Educational Technology Transforms the Learning Equation
How can educational technology change the equation of learning for every student? This fall, I had the good fortune of hearing about the transformative shift from a teacher in a North Carolina school district that has provided its students laptops for several years.
Before the shift to educational technology, the teacher would stand in front of her class each morning and introduce a new math concept — the same concept delivered the same way to 20-plus students.
“Not now!” she told me with a smile.
During the past eight years, as she has become more comfortable with the power of technology as a tool in her classroom, she has shifted to preparing for new concepts by having students take a brief electronic assessment. The students see it as simply answering a few questions online, but from those answers the teacher gleans valuable information about how prepared each student is to move on.
When students return to her class, she has them work in small groups with classmates who are at a similar place in their learning on that particular day. As they work, she goes from group to group, checking in, answering questions and skillfully introducing the next concept in just the right way for that group of learners. She ensures that no concept is left unlearned and that new twists in the math curriculum are seamless and logical for each student.
The best part for this teacher? “I get to know my students so much better now.” This is personalized learning at its best.
Each day more than 5,900 students walk through the doors of Upper Arlington’s schools, and each of those students has his or her own learning style. Our talented teachers have been differentiating instruction for years, but we know we need to take it a step further to give our students the best foundation possible for their futures in this quickly changing world.
Personalizing education is one of the five goals in our strategic plan, and in the coming weeks we will roll out a one-to-one technology program for students in grades six through 12. The focus of this program isn’t technology; the technology simply serves as a tool to help our teachers meet the needs and strengths of every student in the classroom.
A team of teachers and principals spent a year researching and planning for the implementation of one-to-one technology in our middle schools and high school. Another team is hard at work going through the same process for our younger learners, who will begin receiving devices during the 2016-2017 school year.
We’ll fund the one-to-one technology program by reallocating resources such as textbook and technology department funds. We are also implementing a modest technology fee and will utilize a sell-back feature at the end of our four-year lease of the devices.
To learn more about funding and the personalized learning program as a whole, please visit www.uaschools.org/personalizedlearning. If you have any questions or ideas for us, please reach out at firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 487-5030.
Choose groups to clone to: