Click here to view the current draft (2/27/13) of the iRock plan. This document has been provided in Adobe Reader (pdf) format.
In support of the district’s mission to provide all students with challenging work that authentically engages them in the learning process and prepares them for successful futures, Rock Hill Schools embarked upon iRock, a journey to empower every individual (iRock) with the tools, resources and desire to learn anytime and anywhere.
iRock launched in July 2012 with a ‘Call to Action’ from student representatives of the district’s elementary, middle, and high schools. In return for a commitment by teachers to participate in the professional development required to ensure iRock’s success, teachers received a 2nd generation iPad.
To establish best practices in student use of 21st century tools to do 21st century work, a cohort of exemplary teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels was selected to participate in extensive professional development in challenge-based learning, an engaging multidisciplinary approach to teaching and learning that encourages students to leverage the technology they use in their daily lives to solve real-world problems. Every child in the classroom of a CBL cohort teacher has access to an iPad.
iRock’s mission is to provide every student with a mobile learning device that empowers them as 21st century learners and workers. In support of this mission, the district will utilize Planning and Critique teams to assist in development, refinement and implementation of the iRock Plan.
Strategic Planning Model
Planning teams are responsible for development and implementation of the iRock plan. Planning Teams are chaired by a team leader who works collaboratively with the superintendent and the project lead to ensure the success of the initiative.
- Learning and Evaluation - Dr. Harriet Jaworowski, Team Leader
- Finance and Resources - Mr. Tony Cox, Team Leader
- Management and Support - Mr. Joel Whitesides, Team Leader
- Communications - Dr. Luanne Kokolis, Team Leader
- Project Lead, Mr. Christopher Smith
Critique Teams are responsible for review and refinement of the iRock Plan. The outcome of the critique process will be a plan that clearly: establishes the link between one-to-one computing and increased student achievement; determines the need for one-to-one computing in support of the Rock Hill Climb, Common Core State Standards and district initiatives; reflects significant teacher involvement: confirms significant community involvement.
Critique Teams are chaired by community and school leaders. Chairs work collaboratively with the School Board and Planning Teams to facilitate review and redesign of the iRock plan.
- Learning Critique Team – Ms. Mary Chandler
- Evaluation Critique Team – Dr. Marshall Jones
- Teacher Involvement Critique Team – Dr. Jeff Venables
- Community Involvement Critique Team – Mr. Wayne Wingate
- Finance Critique Team – Mr. Gary Williams
For detailed information on critique team findings, including agenda, minutes and results from the vote of confidence, click here.