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Project Promise 2020

Project Promise 2020  
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Mission Statement

The mission of Hamblen County Department of Education is to educate students so they can be challenged to successfully compete in their chosen fields.  The Vision for Teaching and Learning in Hamblen County Schools Hamblen Department of Education is embarking on an endeavor to enrich the learning opportunities for all students through a digital transformation of increasing technology access for all students.

A device will be in the hands of all students in grades nine to twelve by 2020. Access will be increased to a ratio of one device for every three middle school students, and one device for every four elementary students.

This project will empower students to become facilitators of their own learning, rather than just consumers of information. Technology can serve as a catalyst for developing 21st Century skills, the set of skills required to succeed in the information age:

Learning Skills: Critical Thinking, Creative Thinking, Collaborating, and

                         Communicating

● Literacy Skills: Information Literacy, Media Literacy, and Technology Literacy

● Life Skills: Flexibility, Initiative, Social Skills, Productivity, and Leadership

In addition to the soft skills of following directions, working well with others, hard work, being honest, prompt, and fair, employers locally and nationally identify the need for students to be able to think deeply about an issue, solve problems creatively, work as a team member, communicate in various media, learn, and deal with a massive amount of new information.

Through this initiative, student learning will be facilitated through student research, personalized learning to accommodate student needs, increased communication and problem-solving skills, greater student engagement and enthusiasm for learning, responsible behavior through digital citizenship, and motivation to become lifelong learners. Increasing access to technology as a tool does not diminish the vital role of the classroom teacher, but rather transforms the role from director of learning to facilitator of learning.

The Hamblen County Board of Education, district personnel, school staff, and the entire community will be an integral part of the development and implementation of a high-quality and effective education experience for all students in Hamblen County Schools. This effort is supportive of the district’s mission and objectives to prepare students with college and career readiness required for successful living in the 21st Century.