Twenty-first Century Tools for Twenty-first Century Learners
From its inception, Westside Community Schools, District 66, has set lofty academic standards for itself and its students. Those standards have been the driving force behind the district’s tradition of innovation and excellence since the district opened in 1952. Once a suburban school district situated on the western edge of Omaha, Westside now lies in the heart of the city, drawing a diverse community of students from all corners of a three-county metropolitan area. Each day, over 6,000 students in grades K-12 come to Westside to take advantage of its innovative solutions for teaching and learning.
Teachers in each of our instructional disciplines and grade levels have continued to push each other by developing new use after new innovative use. Languages, science, mathematics, social studies, business, the arts, engineering technology, consumer sciences, and physical education all have tried new applications of the technology and have shared their success stories with the other members of our building staff. This natural process of experimentation and sharing has produced an organic growth of innovation that would not have thrived in an environment of administratively mandated implementation.
Our students and teachers continue to develop phenomenal practices on a daily basis. The continuous development of new technologies that will become available to us in the future leaves no doubt that this powerful progression of intellectual and creative growth will not diminish. Technology has become, and will continue to be an essential component in the DNA of Westside Community Schools.
Jeff Ingraham Instructional Technology Specialist
Jeff Ingraham is an educational consultant for ESU3. Jeff serves as an instructional technology specialist providing leadership and training as needed to ESU3 school districts. More than anything Jeff is a musician at heart, with a wealth of experience teaching learners of all ages.
Erik Clark Webmaster
Erik Clark is the district web master and maintainer of the district’s learning management system. He’s been with the district since 1996 and is known as the “keeper of the magic”.
Bridget Brown Technology Integrationist
Bridget Brown is a technology integration specialist within the Westside school district. Her primary focus is to enrich and support teaching and learning while strengthening the technology skills of students, teachers, and staff. She has been with the district since 2014.
Matthew Lee, PhD Coordinator of Technology Integration and Digital Content
Matthew Lee is a Coordinator for Technology Integrationist for Westside. He specializes in working with teachers to more effectively integrate technology into their classrooms. In 2013 he was selected to be an Apple Distinguished Educator.
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Make-up of an Emerge Member?
The eMerge Team is comprised of teachers who have a desire to learn and a willingness to implement new instructional strategies while using technology in their classrooms. These early adopters of technology have experience running a student-centered classroom and have a capacity for risk-taking. As leaders they will initiate collaboration and sharing of resources, strategies, and tools with district teachers, to help successfully integrate technology to facilitate educational objectives in the classroom.