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Thursday, January 2, 2014 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine 1:1 COMMITTEE Concluded from p. 8 high school staff). The committee then derided to conduct a survey in Janu- ary 2013, asking staff if they were in favor of implementing the 1:1 Ini- tiative at the high school. The results of this survey indicated that a vast major- ity of the high school staff supported implementing the 1:1 Initiative and itwas decided that the Commit- tee would seek approval to do so from the school board. From the research and the school visits, it was also clear that professional development around the 1:1 initiative needed to be carefully planned and tai- lored to meet the needs of teachers and students. It was evident that s'uggles were common in school districts where a device was handed to teachers with little professional de- velopment to support the teacher's instruction and navigation of the device itself. It was also clear that any device, in and of itself, would not automatically improve student learning. Norwalk made the deci- sion to keep a focus on the purpose behind the device. while providing support with how to navigate the actual device. After more research about the pur- pose, it was decided that the purpose of our 1:1 ini- tiative would be to con- tinue to focus on improv- ing instruction to meet the needs of all learners. The opportunities for how a 1:1 initiative can aid teachers as they differentiate for students are endless. As a result, professional devel- opment for the 1:1 initia- tive, during the 2013-2014 school year, has centered around how to adjust in- struction to meet the needs of different learners and explore ways a Chrome- book could help accom- plish this. There were many de- vices considered during this process. The 1:1 com- mittee narrowed the de- vice choice down to eight different devices to ex- plore. Committee mem- bers, teachers and some high school students were given the opportunity to dive into different devices and give feedback about what they considered the best device to meet the needs of our students and our vision in Norwalk. In the end, the Chromebook rose to the top of the list and during the summer of 2013, Samsung Chrome- books were purchased for use during the 2013-2014 school year So teachers and students could become more familiar with the de- vice before the full imple- mentation for high school students which is planned for the 2014-2015 school year. The Iowa Core calls for teachers to reflect on their current instructional prac- tices by highlighting five characteristics of effective instruction. One of those characteristics is "Teach- ing for Learner Differ= ences." This is the purpose behind the 1:1 initiative. In the fall, teachers were in- troduced to eleven instruc- tional strategies tha t sup- port learner differences. Departments chose several of those strategies as their focus for the current school year. Teacher lead- ers have helped create websites and lead profes- sional development ses- sions that provide support and understanding of cho- sen instructional practices that support different learners" needs and then provided web tools and apps that could enhance those instructional prac- tices as they implement them. The increased profes- sional development time during the current school year has provided more opportunity for teacher SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES SPONSORED BY: *WENDY BORST MASSAGE, LMT 240-1075 *COMMUNITY BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. 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Some of the sub- committees include: Infra- structure, policy and pro- cedures, professional de- velopment, communica- tion and classroom man- agement. Each committee will continue to research best practices for effective implementation. Current research is sug- gesting there is evidence to support that a 1:1 initiative improves student engage- ment. Leading experts in the field say, "Increases in student learning occur only as a consequence of improvements in the level of content, teacher's knowledge and skill, and student engagement" (City, Elmore, Fiarman, Teitel, 2010). Improved in- structional practices sup- ported with a 1:1 initiative keeps Norwalk headed on a path of excellence in which it has always worked so hard to achieve. If you have questions regarding the work of the 1:1 committee, contact Tom Scallon, Norwalk High School Dean and 1:1 Committee Chair. LIVE HEALTHY Concluded from p. 8 end of the challenge, five teams will be awarded with cash prizes for their school's PE/Health depart- ment; 1-$1,000 and 4-$500. Interested in getting your school involved? Check out www.live healthyiowakids.org or contact Lisa at 888-777- 8881 x116 or lisa.weber@ livehealthyiowa.org. 00tters Iowa Students Encouraged to Apply for State Board of Education Position by January 31 The State Board of Education is seeking applications for its student member position. The application dead- line is January 31. Each year, the Govemor appoints a student to serve as a non-voting member of the State Board of Educa- tion. The next one-year term runs from May 1, 2014, through April 30, 2015. The State Board of Education meets at least seven times during that term, with most meetings taking place in Des Moines. Applicants mu be full-ti 10thor 11th grade stu- dents enrolled in a public high School. Eligible students also must have: A grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or 3.75 on a 5.0 scale. Attended their present high school for at least the past two consecutive semesters (or equivalent thereof). Demonstrated participation in extra-curricular and community activities, as well as an interest in serving on the State Board of Education. Student applications must be approved by their school districts. The number of applicants from any one school district is limited as follows: If district enrollment for grades 10 through 12 is fewer than 400 students, there may be no more than one applicant from the district. If district enrollment for grades 10 through 12 is from 400 to 1,199 students, there may be nomore than two applicants from the district. ,,If district enrollment for grades 10 through 12 is 1,200 students or more, there may be no more than three applicants from the district. Application materials are available on the Iowa De- partment of Education's website: https://www.educat eiowa.gov/about-iowa-state-boards-education#Student. CARLISLE MAN WINS $10,000 A Carlisle man has won a $10,000 lottery prize. Robby Stewart claimed the 12th of 17 prizes of $10,000 avail- able in the Iowa Lottery's "500 Grand" instant-scratch game. Stewart claimed his prize Friday, Dec. 20, at the lottery's headquarters in Des Moines. He purchased his winning ticket at The Mill, 16250 N ..Ave. in Holland.,, "500 Grand" is a $20 scratch game. IF players mat.h any "winning numbers" ]o any of "your numbers" in the play area on the front of each ticket, they win the prize shown for that number. If they find the "star" sym- bol they win that prize instantly and if they find the "5X" symbol they win five times the prize shown  for that symbol. The overall odds of winning a prize in the game are I in 3.07. Three top prizes of $500,000 are still up for grabs in the 500 Grand game, as well as five prizes of $10,000 and 58 prizes of $1,000. Since the lottery% start in 1985, its players have won more than $3.1 billionin prizes while the lottery has raised more than $1.5 billion for the state programs that benefit all Iowans. Today, lottery proceeds in Iowa have three main pur- poses: They provide support for veterans, help for a variety of significant projects through the state General Fund and backing for the Vision Iowa program, which was implemented to create tourism destinations and community attractions in the state and build and repair schools. Monsanto Employee Mark Kriegshauser, an Asgrow/DEKALB area business manager, saw an opportunity to become more involved in the local community, so he orga- nized an effort to donate Start the day off right! 515-223-1150 RO. Box 160 Norwalk, Iowa www.k-wlo/,.com vegetable seeds to St. Francis of Assisi (SFA) Church in West Des Moines. SFA Church spon- sors a community garden each year, donating the harvest to the Des Moines Area Religious Council Food Pantry, which then distributes the donations to local food pantries in the Des Moines area. Stu- dents and community members plant the seeds in springtime and manage the garden throughout the summer months. This fall a variety of vegetables grown from the donated Monsanto Seminis seed were harvested, including: carrots, green beans, beets, beans, zucchini, squash, tomatoes and peppers.