CMS PRINCIPALS URGED TO UNLEASH TECHNOLOGY TO TRANSFORM SCHOOLS
Hundreds of administrators, teachers and parents packed Hopewell High’s auditorium Thursday for the conclusion of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools’ two-day “transformation summit” that was part strategy session and part pep rally.The strategy focused on using technology to reshape the way students learn and schools market themselves. Apple sent 12 people to Charlotte to conduct workshops on redesigning schools to adapt to the way today’s young people must prepare for the workforce and college. Stephanie Hamilton from Apple’s education strategy group warned against adopting a business model. In business, she said, technology is “all about locking people down, controlling people and keeping them productive.” “School is about opening minds,” she said. “It’s about creating great thinkers, not shutting them down.”
The pep rally part was about getting educators psyched for the arrival of students Aug. 26, even after a summer legislative session that many have described as demoralizing for supporters of public education. “We have some challenges, folks, and we know it,” Superintendent Heath Morrison said, pointing out that North Carolina’s teacher pay scale and other statewide changes are making it difficult to recruit.