Durham Public Schools is proud to announce a new partnership with Digital Learning Institute. DPS and DLI will partner to bring digiLEARN’s successful Digital Scholars Initiative to Durham. The Digital Scholars Initiative focuses on creating opportunities for teachers and schools to accelerate innovation and build effective personalized learning models for students.
Riverside High School's Alexander Groff and Sandy Ridge Elementary School's Lena Deskins will serve as our first set of Teacher Leaders in Innovation. Groff and Deskins will take on leadership roles at their schools and district level while continuing to teach. They will receive release time, personalized professional development and extended employment to learn how to lead other educators in digital and personalized learning practices.
digiLEARN created the Digital Scholars Initiative after a survey of 1,327 teachers revealed that 85 percent believe digital tools that provide immediate, ongoing information about student understanding will increase learning, but that most teachers feel they lack the skills and knowledge to use digital tools and adopt personalized learning practices in their classrooms. Expansion of the program into Durham is supported by the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation.
We are looking forward to this new partnership.