In April, 150 education leaders from across the nation converged in Vancouver to learn about the district’s weLearn 1:1 technology initiative. The conference, hosted by the nonprofit Digital Promise’s elite League of Innovative Schools, featured conversations with Vancouver Public Schools leaders and opportunities to see firsthand evidence of student engagement and teacher empowerment stemming from the use of a wide range of technology.
The quality of the district’s one-to-one technology implementation impressed visitors. Said Dr. Steve Joel, superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools, in Nebraska, “It’s no surprise to me that this is a very progressive and fast-moving school system that is trying to do great work for their kids.”
He added, “A lot of motivated students. A lot of motivated teachers. Technology just augments the great instruction very, very well.”
Vancouver School of Arts and Academics senior Caroline Brenner agreed. Brenner showed guests around her school, one of seven that visitors toured. “I think VPS is doing an awesome job with technology. It really enhances everyone’s education,” she said.