MCSD Digital Teaching and Blended Learning Grant Program

Murray City School District is committed to integrating technology to improve student learning outcomes. Students engaged in Digital Teaching and Learning grant classrooms will receive at least 65% of their content in digital format including integrated and blended techniques for receiving their instruction. Teachers engaged in the grant will receive high quality, ongoing professional development designed around delivery of English Language Arts content but also related to high impact instructional strategies tied to Reading information text and writing.
Murray City School District’s long term vision centers around all students having access to digital devices and wireless access to those devices both at school and in their homes.

ELA Critical Analysis of Information and Problem Solving

Murray City School District is committed to providing all students with a high quality education with access to the Utah Core Standards. Murray City School District teachers are committed to lesson design that enables students to learn at high levels, to be complex problem solvers, communicators, collaborators, and to be creative. Teacher and students have access to a number of resources to make this learning a reality; from robust curriculum, high quality professional learning experiences throughout the school year to extra and co-curricular activities and programs to technology software, and digital learning platforms, all of these work in concern to prepare students to be college and career ready.

Murray City School District’s Board Action Plan and Leadership Action Plan share in its commitment for students to succeed personally, professionally and academically and further to integrate technology to impact student achievement. District leadership and building principals have taken this Board Action Plan and created the Leadership Action plan wherein District Instructional Priorities have been identified to move the district forward including observation instruments for teachers to receive feedback on their instructional practice and tools to use in their lesson planning and design. All support the Utah Master Plan: Essential Elements for Technology Powered Learning.

All elementary schools are using Google Classroom and all secondary schools are using Canvas. In addition, all schools and grade levels have access to district created and provided digital citizenship curriculum provided in Nearpod and extracted from CommonSense Media. Those lessons are found here. In addition, all schools have access to Illuminate which is a data management system where all of our summative and formative benchmark data is stored and teachers use it for PLCs and make dynamic decisions for instruction. Since we have ventured into Digital Home Learning, our teachers have consistently used apps that are a must to advance our goals described throughout this application and further described in this chart. Classkick, Zearn, Lexia, Canva, FlipGrid, Equatio/Read & Write, FOSS and Pear deck. There are many more, but these software programs will advance our long term and intermediate goals in the 5Cs.

As such the Murray City School District’s Long Term Plan is for the percentage of teachers who understand how to effectively integrate technology into lesson plan design will increase by 10% every year for 5 years. Percentage of students in grades 4-12 who use 5Cs as well as students who are proactive, digital citizens will increase 10% each year for 5 years beginning in Fall of 2021. In addition, the DTL Advisory Committee for Murray City School District desires to have all students in grades 7-12 have an option of learning in a blended, online and face to face setting for all core classes by the end of 5 years. Likewise all elementary schools will have the same option for choice of learning within 5 years for grades 3-6.

Utah Master Plan: Support the Utah Core and provide systemic support for student engagement and classroom innovation. • Provide access (teacher, student and home) to quality digital curriculum, learning management support structures, collaboration systems, formative assessment systems, ongoing access to proven software, instructional practices research. • Prepare students for college and careers including an emphasis on higher-order problem solving across the curriculum.