Talladega County Schools to Be Featured in National Digital Learning Day Celebration on Wednesday, February 5
“Long known for its world-famous superspeedway, Talladega County is turning heads for the dramatic improvements its students are making,” said Gov. Bob Wise.
WASHINGTON, DC – For achieving dramatic student learning gains using technology, educators and students from Talladega County Schools in Alabama will be prominently featured on Wednesday, February 5, during the live webcast of the Digital Learning Day national showcase from the Library of Congress in Washington, DC. Spearheaded by the Alliance for Excellent Education, 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.
“Long known for its world-famous superspeedway, Talladega County is turning heads for the dramatic improvements its students are making since its transition to a twenty-first-century learning model that includes the effective use of technology,” said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. “The Alliance created Digital Learning Day two years ago to celebrate innovative teachers, help them share great ideas, and elevate the profession, especially relating to the effective use of technology.”
In 2008, Talladega County Schools moved from a traditional model of secondary school instruction to a twenty-first-century model that sought to increase student engagement through “project-based learning” powered by technology. Project-based learning allows students to learn through an extended process of inquiry in response to a complex problem. Talladega County also focused on increased training for its teachers to support this new way of learning.
Winterboro High School and Childersburg High School were the first Talladega County schools to make this transformation and have seen dramatic results. From 2008 to 2012, Winterboro High increased its graduation rate from 63 percent to 88 percent and its discipline problems decreased by more than 40 percent. At Childersburg High, which began the transformation after Winterboro, the graduation rate increased from 73 percent to 80 percent and discipline problems also decreased by more than 40 percent.
“Digital learning has transformed the culture of our school system by fostering a spirit of collaboration and ownership among and between students and teachers,” said Dr. Suzanne Lacey, superintendent of Talladega County Schools. “As a result, our students are better prepared for college, careers, and successful futures.”
“We are so proud to have Talladega County Schools representing our great state of Alabama in the Digital Learning Day celebration,” said Alabama State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice. “Dr. Lacey, her leadership team, teachers, and students across Talladega County have dispelled the thinking that digital learning is some future concept by addressing it in the present so their students are prepared for futures that we can only imagine.”
On February 5, at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, Dr. Lacey will be joined 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, DC area and thousands of educators across the United States who will be watching the live webcast. Educators, parents, students, members of the media, and others can sign up to watch the live webcast at https://vts.inxpo.com/scripts/Server.nxp?LASCmd=AI:4;F:QS!10100&ShowKey=17940.
Visit DigitalLearningDay.org for additional information on Digital Learning Day.
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. www.all4ed.org