Dear Friend of the Yarmouth Schools:
The Yarmouth School Department has established itself as a leader in the use of instructional technology by teachers and students for the past decade. With one-to-one technology devices now provided to students in grades 3-12, along with multiple classroom devices in kindergarten through grade 2, it is clear that the community and staff has made a significant investment in this important aspect of our schools. For several years, our schools have been recognized as leaders in this regard. In 2014-2015, both Harrison Middle School and Yarmouth High School were named Apple Distinguished Schools – a multiple year award for both schools. Our schools also continue to be visited by educators from across Maine, the United States, and even as far away as Norway and Sweden, who are interested in observing our use of technology in the classroom. We are, indeed, proud of this recognition, but we know there are significant challenges ahead.
Among the greatest challenges we face, now, will be maintaining this level of technology infusion with updated, functioning devices while ensuring that our teachers are continually trained to capitalize on the dynamic opportunities that appropriate classroom technology offers. This three-year plan has been designed to provide us with direction, yet flexibility, in determining how best to use technology to advance our students’ preparation for the world beyond 12thgrade. To implement this plan fully will require an ongoing, annual investment in hardware, software, and professional development. Our staff and students stand at the ready to make the most of this investment as we forge headlong into the 21st century, realizing that, in the Yarmouth Schools, we are laying the foundation for skills and knowledge that will be critical to fulfilling lives for all of us.
Please take a few moments to read through this plan. We appreciate any input you would like to provide as we attempt to challenge ourselves while remaining realistic about our resources.
Andrew Dolloff, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools