Talladega County Schools to be recognized in Washington D.C.
by Shane Dunaway
Feb 01, 2014 | 5204 views |  0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Talladega County Schools are preparing to represent the nation as the featured school district during Digital Learning Day held in Washington, D.C., Feb. 5.

The Alliance for Excellent Education, sponsor of the national event, selected the district because it had achieved dramatic student learning gains using technology according to Vice President of Communications for AEE Jason Amos.

“Digital Learning Day recognizes schools and school districts that use effective applications of education technology to support teachers, improve learning, and help students achieve at their highest potential,” Amos said. “Dr. Suzanne Lacey, superintendent of Talladega County Schools, will be joined at the Library of Congress by educators and students from Talladega County Schools who will share stories of Talladega’s success and the role that technology played in helping them get there. They will speak to dozens of teachers from the Washington, D.C., area and thousands of educators across the United States who will be watching the live webcast.”

Lacey seemed thrilled to showcase the 21st Century Learning, Project-Based Learning and 1:1 Technology initiatives in front of a broadened audience.

“The day-long series of activities is jam-packed with high-profile dignitaries, policymakers and educational leaders who are passionate about the potential for digital learning in our nation’s public schools,” Lacey said. “The day is designed to celebrate innovative teaching and highlight practices that make learning more personalized and engaging for the students, exploring how digital learning can provide all students with the opportunities they deserve — to build the skills needed to succeed in college, career and life.”

Talladega County Schools Coordinator of Instructional Technology Craig Bates said educators and administrators across the nation will receive a first-hand glimpse into all 17 schools in the system.

“It’s a pretty big deal for us,” Bates said. “We’re even revamping our (county Board of Education) website because we’re anticipating more traffic on our website at the national level (from this exposure).”

Those interested in watching the live simulcast from the Library of Congress can do so by logging on to www.digitallearningday.org at 3:30 p.m. the day of the event.

Amos said the event can also be seen at https://vts.inxpo.com/scripts/Server.nxp?LASCmd=AI:4;F:QS!10100&ShowKey=17940.

Lacey noted updates will be available on Twitter by following Talladega County Schools @TCBOE and using the hashtag #DLDay.

“We are honored to be selected by the (Alliance) as their featured school district for Digital Learning Day,” Lacey said. “We hope you have the opportunity to join us as we celebrate.”

Contact Shane Dunaway at sdunaway@dailyhome.com