Release Date: 1/3/2014
Contact: Diana L. Spencer, 410-887-4243
Mychael Dickerson, 410-887-5908

“Lighthouse" schools announced as part of BCPS instructional digital conversion

1:1 learning to begin at these schools next school year

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TOWSON, MD. – Ten “Lighthouse" elementary schools will be the first in Baltimore County to pilot the school system’s Instructional Digital Conversion (IDC), a multi-year initiative centered on shifting teaching and learning through the integration of technology.

As BCPS Lighthouse schools, the schools will illustrate how the full conversion will take place. The 10 schools will be the first in the school system to receive individual digital learning devices for students; implement one-to-one personalized and blended learning; and create an innovative, comprehensive digital learning culture.

“By embracing this exciting initiative, the principals of these schools, their staffs and their school communities become instant innovators, creators and learners in the future of education," said BCPS Superintendent Dallas Dance. “As our digital learning pioneers, they will show all of us how the schools and classrooms of tomorrow – and the educators in each of them – will ensure that each child is ready for the 21st-century world that awaits them."

The new BCPS Lighthouse schools are:

  • Chase Elementary
  • Church Lane Elementary
  • Edmondson Heights Elementary
  • Fort Garrison Elementary
  • Halstead Elementary
  • Hawthorne Elementary
  • Joppa View Elementary
  • Lansdowne Elementary
  • Rodgers Forge Elementary
  • The new school being built in the Mays Chapel area
The BCPS Lighthouse Schools Kickoff Celebration will take place at noon on Tuesday, January 21, at George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology, 938 York Road, Towson. The event will include remarks by Dr. Dance, BCPS Digital Learning Executive Director Ryan Imbriale and Hall Davidson of Discovery Education.

“We are very excited for our 10 Lighthouse schools," said Imbriale. “They provide us with the opportunity to truly begin the process forward toward a digital and blended learning culture. As we begin to convert our curriculum to ensure that our students are globally-competitive, it is more important than ever that our schools are equipped."

The schools were identified through a process that began earlier in the school year when principals were asked if they were interested in the pilot. Once interest was determined, school instructional staff members were surveyed about their level of commitment. Schools with high levels of staff interest and commitment were asked to complete an application, which were reviewed and approved by a special IDC committee.

The conversion, which Dr. Dance introduced as a system priority last spring during his 2012 State of the Schools address, calls for a fundamental shift in teaching and learning. The conversion involves curriculum development, technology upgrades and professional development as well as ongoing changes to policies and procedures in order to reach standards ensuring a 21st-century, technology-driven environment in each classroom.

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