Introduction and Purpose

The Westby Area School District is a rural school district in the Coulee region of Western Wisconsin. It encompasses the agricultural communities of Westby, Coon Valley and Chaseburg, as well as the rural areas around those communities. In addition to the agriculture industry, the communities have a vibrant mix of small businesses, including manufacturing, food processing, financial services and health care. Due to our proximity to the La Crosse area, many of our students' family members commute to jobs there. Despite the relatively strong economy, approximately thirty-eight percent of our students are classified as economically disadvantaged. Our current enrollment is a low of 1,116 students, which comes after a slow, steady decline in enrollment over the past eight years. Our enrollment projections show a rebound in enrollment for the foreseeable future. 

The Westby Area School District has a seven member school board, with one member representing each of the communities of Coon Valley and Chaseburg, two representing the City of Westby and the remaining three members elected as at-large members. The school board and administration is very supportive of technology, championing the goal of interactive whiteboards in every classroom, as well as a pilot project implementing and evaluating a 1:1 initiative with every fifth and sixth grade student and teacher this year.  District leaders also recognize the importance of providing professional development to staff to promote the infusion of technology within the learning environment on a continual basis.

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The vision of the Westby Area School District is to develop and support an interactive, collaborative, technology-infused learning environment for every student.  This technology-rich environment will be used to foster many of the district’s initiatives over the next 3 years, including flipped classrooms, blended learning, electronic collaboration, a more comprehensive Response to Intervention (RtI) program, and implementation of the Common Core and Next Generation Assessments.

Technology Vision 2013-2016

This vision takes on many facets, depending on the subject area and grade level.  In general, it includes a set of five mobile devices in every elementary classroom for collaborative workstations.  At the middle school and high school level, it includes a 1:1 technology initiative, placing a device in the hands of every student.  At all levels, it includes a teacher workstation connected to a fully-utilized interactive whiteboard in every classroom, and a mobile device for every teacher to develop interactive content for infusion within the curriculum and for development of content to use in the flipped classroom environment.  The aim of the district is to have every teacher flipping their classroom regularly by 2016, which would enable every classroom to have an environment rich in lab activities, discussion, collaboration, and individualized and small group instruction.  We envision that this technology-infused environment will be used by students in activities designed by teachers to reach the upper domains of learning, including creating interactive content, analyzing and evaluating content creating other students and collaborating to share ideas and skills.

We are very aware that in order to succeed in all of these initiatives and provide students with instruction in the 21st Century Skills that is both rigorous and relevant, we must provide a learning environment and curriculum that is infused with technology, and that best practices must drive the use of that technology.

In addition to providing the physical technology, high quality professional development for the staff using the technology is key, so our technology vision outlines that the summer of 2013 through the fall of 2014 be dedicated to establishing a baseline of knowledge and skills for all professional staff.  Throughout the remainder of the cycle, our vision outlines ongoing professional development through the Educator Effectiveness Model and Professional Learning Communities.

We believe that this vision propels us toward full implementation of the core values of the Wisconsin Digital Learning Plan - Equitable Access, Personalized Learning and Applied and Engaged Learning. -- Last updated on: 5/6/2013