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JCSS is the 2017 Recipient of the Richard B. Lewis Award


Dr. Charles Hodges presents the AECT Richard B. Lewis award to, from left, Superintendent Tara Cooper and members of the Jenkins County Board of Education, Danny Bennett, Mary Young, George Parker, Mike Reese and Roy Cook. 
(Photo contributed) Dr. Charles Hodges presents the AECT Richard B. Lewis award to, from left, Superintendent Tara Cooper and members of the Jenkins County Board of Education, Danny Bennett, Mary Young, George Parker, Mike Reese and Roy Cook. (Photo contributed) The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), School Media and Technology Division, recently named the Jenkins County School System (JCSS) as the 2017 recipient of the Richard B. Lewis Memorial Award for outstanding technology integration and media utilization programs.

JCSS received this recognition for their Innovative Teacher Technology Project (ITTP) which is an instructional technology integration initiative that places an emphasis on a structured system of support for teachers as they transition their classrooms into digital learning environments.

“The thing that is different about ITTP from other instructional technology integration programs is that it focuses on continuous professional learning for all instructional staff and not just equipment distribution,” explained Julie Chance, the Director of Federal Programs and Professional Learning for JCSS.

What began as a voluntary program with 25 teachers in the original cohort, ITTP now includes all of the system’s instructional staff. Professional development through ITTP focuses on integrating instructional technology to diversify instruction and provide both remediation and enrichment for all students enrolled in the Jenkins County School System.

To assist in the creation of a strong learning program for teachers, JCSS requested the help of Georgia Southern Instructional Technology Faculty Charles Hodges, Ph.D. “Dr. Hodges began consulting with our system four years ago as we began the development and implementation of ITTP,” said Chance. “I have worked with other systems, some with more resources, that have not been able to see the same levels of success with technology integration in their schools,” said Dr. Hodges.

“When I saw the award announcement, it was an easy decision to nominate JCSS.” Hodges, along with the Georgia Southern University College of Education Associate Professor Teri Melton, Ph.D., nominated Jenkins County for the AECT Richard B. Lewis memorial Award.

“We believe instructional technology is the key to better student engagement and individualized learning,” explains Superintendent Tara Cooper. “We are blessed to have this level of instructional technology integration available for our students and we will continue to work together as a system to provide our students with the best resources available.”

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