School CIO: Back Office Business
Kingman USD provides
supplemental math content
Challenge: The Kingman (AZ) Unified School District #20
wanted to provide students with a supplemental education program to improve student outcomes and to
better align with the Common Core state standards.
Solution: After testing several math programs last year, district leaders chose TenMarks Math from
TenMarks Education. “[W]e found that the adaptive program empowers students and teachers to take more
control of the learning process and makes classrooms more energetic and productive,” says Jeri Wolsey,
executive director of academic services. “[By] using TenMarks, students can move at their own pace to get
at conceptual understanding of mathematics and improve their procedural skills. But, equally important,
teachers are able to quickly identify students’ learning needs and intervene at the most optimal time.”
District-wide BYOD comes to this Kansas district
Challenge: Goddard (KS) Public Schools was seeking an affordable way
to allow staff, faculty, and students use a combination of district-issued and
personal mobile devices to offer technology-centered learning.
Solution: The district deployed a unified wireless access network based
on Aruba Networks’ Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) architecture,
as well as Aruba’s ClearPass Access Management System. Now staff and
students can BYOD, and the network supports 3,000 school-issued devices
and 1,500 personal devices. The new network also allows Goddard’s
maintenance, building administration, and district police department to
monitor and secure the schools.
A Texas district migrates to the cloud
Challenge: Tornillo (TX) Independent School District decided
to replace standalone systems with cloud solutions to remove the
burden of in-house system maintenance.
Solution: District leaders selected Prologic Technology
Systems, Inc., to upgrade its four district campuses to TEAMS
cloud-based finance and payroll and human resources technology.
Now, a single vendor covers everything from infrastructure and
software support to daily backups and software updates. “Upgrading to TEAMS gives us real-time global
access and more automated workflows that could potentially eliminate many of the paper-trail processes
and redundant data entries that are currently taking place, particularly in HR and accounts payable,”
says Carlos Garcia, IT manager at Tornillo ISD.
A district in Iowa goes
Challenge: Marshalltown (IA) Community School
District decided to undergo a digital conversion
initiative to shift the way teachers teach and students
learn and to help students develop 21st-century skills.
Solution: The district is implementing
curriculum and assessment tools from Learning.
com and will use four products: EasyTech, 21st
Century Skills Assessment, WayFind, and Custom
Curriculum Publishing. “The digital conversion
will enhance core instruction and provide
more opportunities to increase digital literacy
in the classroom,” says Dr. Susan Pecinovsky,
associate superintendent for student achievement at
It’s time for an improved
teacher evaluation package
Providence (RI) Public
Schools’ goal was to dramatically improve student
achievement by focusing on improving the quality of
Solution: The district is using Teachscape
Focus, Teachscape Reflect, and Teachscape Learn
to advance its teacher evaluation and professional
development processes. Providence will also
use Teachscape to deliver individualized online
professional learning for each of its teachers. “We
want to ensure that we are doing everything we can
to support educator effectiveness so that we can
continue to attract and retain the most effective
educators possible,” says Nkolika Onye, executive
director of performance management at Providence