The PowerUp approach draws on years of research about how schools can effectively implement technology to improve student outcomes.
The approach recognizes the importance of creating a Leadership Team to assess, plan, implement, and reflect upon how best to support teachers' efforts. This implementation process is ongoing as Leadership Teams guide their schools through three phases of implementation.
Across the phases, teaching and learning is central. The approach recognizes what it takes for teachers to create PowerUp Classrooms in which technology tools enhance evidence-based reading, writing, and math strategies.
In the PowerUp Approach, the school-based Leadership Team plays a central role in guiding the implementation process. Team members include those with expertise in leadership, special education, technology, curriculum and instruction, professional development, ELL, and assessment. Across three phases of implementation, the team’s goal is to ensure teachers have the support they need to successfully create PowerUp Classrooms.
Three Phases of Implementation
In the PowerUp Approach, the three phases of technology implementation include Plan, Implement, and Sustain. As Leadership Teams guide their schools from one phase to another, they carry out a set of defined tasks that address key topics such as setting goals, designing professional development, and ensuring access to technology.
In the PowerUp approach, Leadership Teams support teachers as they create PowerUp Classrooms. Here teachers translate the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) into practice. They set goals based on the range of needs of their students, identify the most relevant evidence-based practices to meet these needs, select technology tools that will enhance instruction, and engage in ongoing assessment.