SOURCE: Center for Digital Education

Center for Digital Education

June 27, 2017 09:00 ET

K-12 Schools Recognized with 2017 Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards

Awardees are successfully using digital content and curriculum to improve instruction and student engagement

SACRAMENTO, CA--(Marketwired - June 27, 2017) - The Center for Digital Education (CDE), in partnership with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), recognized K-12 schools that are breaking new ground in the use of digital content and curriculum at the fifth-annual Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards (DCCAA) in San Antonio last night.

"These schools are successfully implementing digital content and curriculum in ways that are improving student success," said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director of the Center for Digital Education. "In doing so, they are setting a great example for other schools to follow in how to use technology to spark student engagement."

DCCAA awards are presented to schools in three categories: Large District/Schools (12,000 or more students), Medium District/Schools (3,000 - 12,000 students) and Small District/Schools (up to 3,000 students).

Schools earning top honors include:

  • Mooresville Graded School District (MGSD), NC -- M-Powerment Strategies

MGSD developed their Instructional Foundations and Effective Practices, or M-Powerment Strategies program, to build on the district's goals for classroom technology adoption and digital conversion. The district consistently ranks as a top five North Carolina public school district in academic achievement and technology integration, and attributes that success in part to the contributions of technology, infrastructure and digital content. The graduation rate and college-going rate for graduating students have also both increased.

  • Napa County Office of Education, CA -- Digital Early Literacy

More than 85 percent of children in Napa County preschools are native Spanish-speaking. Napa County preschools therefore implemented a Digital Early Literacy program to help narrow the gap in language skills between native and non-native English-speaking students. The program uses an app which teaches literacy skills including vocabulary, sounds, letters, words, nursery rhymes and colors; and includes a digital library of interactive books and games. Through partnerships with Napa Valley Community Housing, the app is available in women's shelters, libraries and health clinics.

To see all the honorees and their award-winning initiatives click here:

K-12 Large District/School (12,000 or more students) Honorees:

  • Baltimore County Public Schools -- Students and Teachers Accessing Tomorrow: Growing Up Digital
  • Chesterfield County Public Schools, Va. -- Anytime, Anywhere Learning
  • Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, Ind. -- Wayne Learning Hub

K-12 Medium District/School Category (3,000 - 12,000 students) Honorees:

  • Mooresville Graded School District, N.C. -- M-Powerment Strategies
  • Pickerington Local School District, Ohio -- Tradigital Learning

K-12 Small District/School Category (up to 3,000 students) Honorees:

  • Bridges Virtual Academy, Wisconsin
  • Coxsackie-Athens Central School District, N.Y. -- Micro-credentials & Digital Badges for Personalized Learning
  • Napa County Office of Education, Calif. -- Digital Early Literacy

The Digital Content and Curriculum Achievement Awards program was established by CDE to recognize schools for their innovation and diligence in digital content and curriculum program implementation.

About the Center for Digital Education

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insights to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century.

CDE is a division of e.Republic, the nation's only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.

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