The Socorro Independent School District was selected as the winner of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) 2017 Team Achievement Award for its transformative impact on education technology, and effective efforts in improving student learning, opportunities, and access to technology.
Team SISD, including Superintendent Dr. José Espinoza and the district’s Department of Technology Services, was recognized at the CoSN conference April 4 in Chicago, where they were presented a $1,000 honorarium for winning the prestigious award.
“We are honored to have been selected winners of the 2017 Team Achievement Award,” Dr. Espinoza said. “Our technology team is 100 percent committed to providing all Team SISD students advanced technology resources and endless opportunities that will guide them to become future ready graduates. All SISD students will succeed in the 21st century!”
Dr. Espinoza and the technology department were selected for the award for their commitment to Operation Future Ready, a proactive plan to provide technology resources and digital learning to all students. In addition, SISD was recognized for its outstanding leadership, building an effective team, and the district’s transformation of academic rigor through the use of technology.
Among the innovative programs using technology to develop 21st century confident, resilient and globally competitive graduates is the district’s WIN Academy, which supports vulnerable children to succeed academically with extra instruction and resources, such as a personal digital learning device and an online curriculum.
“We were deeply impressed by the commitment and measurable impact Socorro ISD initiatives had on student success,” said Keith Krueger, CoSN CEO in an email.
SISD’s Operation Future Ready efforts also includes the Digitally Nurturing Academics (DNA) 1:1 program that places technology in the hands of freshmen students across Team SISD.
The program provides freshmen students their own laptop to use throughout high school so they have 24/7 access to technology.
“We need to make sure all students have access to technology,” said SISD Chief Technology Officer Hector Reyna. “We started the program with freshmen, and we will continue to add a grade level every year so that students can engage in digital learning at all times.”
Another initiative that has propelled the district’s digital transformation is Operation College Bound. OCB is the district’s commitment to instill a college culture at every campus with technology-rich instruction and aligned to a college preparatory curriculum that will enable students to graduate ready for a college and career of their choice.
“College is for all 46,000 students in our school district,” Dr. Espinoza said. “Our district is going to prepare all students for a bright future no matter what their background or economic situation is.”