With voter approval for the 2020 School Bond last fall, we will continue the vital work of improving the health and safety of our aging school buildings with new roofs and mechanical systems, seismic retrofits, plus accessibility and security upgrades. Additionally, this Bond provides our students and staff with new textbooks, curriculum materials and new technology to support classroom and distance learning, while updating classroom and district technology devices.
As a result, PPS will be a 1:1 Chromebook district in the fall. Students in grades 3-12 will be provided and assigned a Chromebook to use for both in-school and at-home work. Students in grades K-2 will have devices in the classroom at a ratio of one device to every two students. This will leverage co-use instructional strategies in K-2 and the devices will remain in the classroom.
"A graduate of Portland Public Schools will be a compassionate critical thinker, able to collaborate and solve problems, and be prepared to lead a more socially just world." ~ Portland Public Schools Vision
As we work to bring Portland Public Schools' reImagined vision to life, we recognize that equitable access to technology and digital resources are an essential part of the Graduate Portrait and the Educator Essentials & Core Values. At the heart of the 11 shifts to realize our reImagined vision is equity of access and resources, the redefining of personalized learning, the cultivation of transformative curriculum, pedagogy, and instruction, and the focus on new and flexible environments for our students in which to learn, grow and thrive. Digital tools, resources, and shifts will aid us in realizing that our graduates will:
"[have the skills to be] effective users of digital technology" (p20)
"can select and use multiple communication tools to convey ideas and information in writing and through...digital technology..." (p21)
"know how to use technology to collaborate on project teams with diverse peers locally, nationally, and globally." (p22)
"[have the tools to ensure] learning for all, which includes home-language integration, assistive technology, and social and emotional support." (p22)
In the fall of 2021, PPS will launch PPS 121 (one-to-one), a take-home Chromebook program for all students in grades 3-12 and an in-classroom 2:1 student Chromebook program in grades K-2. One-to-one technology provides anytime/anywhere learning and opens the doors to creativity, collaboration, community, communication, and critical thinking skills that students need to compete and contribute in our local and the global society. The PPS 121 program aims to provide students, teachers, and schools the technology tools needed to realize our vision.
Watch this space. Additional content for families, students, teachers, and schools (to be posted by Aug. 1, 2021).