SchoolCIO: Back Office Business
Challenge: The California Learning Resource Network
(CLRN) evaluates resources for its 10,000 public schools
to serve as supplemental resources in their classrooms.
Resources that meet CLRN’s rigorous review criteria are
included in the CLRN database and Web site and schools
can purchase them with state-allocated funds.
Speech therapy goes online
Solution: CLRN approved Wowzers, a game-based,
adaptive, online learning program that uses story-driven
games and activities to replace assessments, manipulatives,
Challenge: Despite a shortage of speech-language
pathologists, Harrison Public School District #2 in
Colorado needed to find a way to provide speech therapy.
An Illinois district solves its data
problems with technology
Solution: The district partnered with
PresenceLearning to offer online, speech-therapy services
for K-12 students. Now, the district’s speech-language
pathologist assistants work with PresenceLearning’s
certified therapists to offer a combination of virtual and
onsite support to more than 120 students.
Challenge: United Township High School District #30 had an
insurmountable amount of student data—most of it on paper—that was
difficult to get into teachers’ hands. “We were looking for a data system that
would increase our efficiency and give teachers the data they needed to
make instructional decisions in a timely manner,” says Terri VandeWiele, Ed.D., assistant superintendent of
curriculum and instruction.
A California elementary
district moves off the low performing
Solution: The district partnered with Performance Matters, a Web-based product that lets users slice and
dice data to monitor student performance and growth in real time, evaluate instructional impact, and analyze
policies and programs. “Performance Matters will allow us to review and analyze data more effectively, which
will enable us to make better decisions,” says VandeWiele. “We will also be able to disaggregate student data to
quickly identify areas of concern or to identify students who need extra assistance.”
Challenge: Lakeside Union Elementary School
District needed to implement instructional
approaches and heavy-duty professional
development—and invest in technology
upgrades—to improve teacher effectiveness
and boost its ranking on the state Academic
Blended learning comes
Solution: With its $3 million Federal School
Improvement Grant, the district installed
Mimio classroom interactive hardware and
instructional software products.
feedback that it needed to offer more educational
options for students.
Solution: The district launched OnCourse
Online Learning for students in the county and
throughout the state. Springfield City School
District is the first school district in the state to
pursue a blended model of education. Students
participating in OnCourse can take online,
traditional, or credit-flex courses.