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Twenty Incline teachers attend CUE Conference in Napa

Mary Dehaney
Special to the Bonanza

The Incline teachers trekked to Napa in October.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — The extraordinary success of last year's annual Incline High School Booster's Crab Feed continues to pay dividends for local students.

In October, with Booster funds and the additional help of a $3,570 grant from ISAEF, 20 Incline teachers were able to attend the two-day CUE Conference in Napa, Calif.

They joined more than 1,300 other educators from across the West Coast to learn how to use technology to help impact student achievement and inspire innovation in their classrooms.

"The new computers have energized my students and transformed our classroom," said Jeni Cross, French/Spanish teacher. "The timing of the CUE conference was perfect. It was incredibly valuable to us as educators and gave me so many ideas on curriculum, research, etc. I started a class website and have put several of the apps/websites to use already."

Crab Feed jumpstarts tech revolution at IHS

More than $125,000 was raised during the Fund-A-Need portion of the fundraiser last January, which led to the purchase of 150 new laptops and most recently, practical technology training for teachers.

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"The IHS Boosters were determined to do more than just buy a bunch of computers and hope for the best," said Sharon Schrage, Booster President. "Integrating "technology into the classroom doesn't just happen. It needs to be incorporated into the curriculum to deepen and enhance the learning process and teachers must be given the tools to make that happen."

Incline Schools K-12 Administrator Leslie Hermann noted that technology is "adding a new dimension to differentiation, which is our instructional focus this year. Our quest to engage students, teach them skills around the notion of inquiry, and our continued focus on reading, writing, and discussion (literacy) is enormously enhanced with the expansion of technology in every classroom."

Teachers grateful for the opportunity to attend

Teachers who attended the CUE Conference came away energized by the event and felt that it was a great catalyst for galvanizing the IHS staff around technology.

"I thought the sessions were brilliant, although it reinforced the need to have laptops for all teachers," said Milt Hyams, IHS history teacher, adding that a need exists to move Incline High School to one-to-one (one computer for every student).

Robert Sidford, WCSD's 21st Century Learning Coordinator, was supportive of Incline's bold move to send a large group of teachers.

"(CUE) is a fantastic opportunity for teachers to learn and discuss innovative ways to create engaging 21st Century learning experiences for students," Sidford said. "Sending groups of teachers, or entire schools, to quality professional learning experiences like this is so much better than sending one or two. It gives teachers the opportunity to impact the school as a whole, not just individual classrooms."

District support is also bolstered by Area Superintendent Dr. Joetta Gonzales. She continues to be a strong advocate for IHS and is working to have all the supports, infrastructure, hardware and software necessary for IHS to be leaders in student-centered 1:1 teaching and learning.