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School: Cullman Middle School, Cullman High School
Address: Cullman, AL 35055
District: Cullman City Schools
Type of 1:1 Implementation: Laptop
Grades: 7 - 12
Cullman City Schools was showcased by the National School Boards Association’s Technology Leadership Network in 2012. This 2011 CoSN Team Winner proves 1:1 learning works…and they have the data to prove it! The 1:1 program at Cullman began in the 2005-2006 school year. The initiative was implemented in phases over several years to ensure teachers where prepared for the transformation and that the infrastructure was upgraded to meet the new demand. Phase 1 included these upgrades, as well as providing Cullman Middle School teachers with a device and professional development to help prepare them for the 1:1 transformation. At the same time two, laptop carts were purchased for 5th and 6th grade students in the elementary schools.
In Phase II all 7th and 8th Grade students where issued a laptop for their use in the classroom and at home. At the same time, 9th Grade teachers were engaged in the professional development designed to guide their pedagogical and technological shift. The district also understood the need to make structural improvements and 9thgrade classrooms were updated to meet the future needs of the program.
The phased implementation described above continued until the full 7th– 12thgrade program was successfully implemented in the 2010-2011 school year.
The program has been funded through a wide variety of channels. These channels include reallocation of the current technology budget, state, and local education dollars, capital funds, partnership with reallocation of textbook funds, and grants. A key to the sustainability, however, was the board’s decision in 2006 to approve line item funding for the initiative.