Friday, October 28, 2011

Cell Phones in the Classroom

There seems to be a great deal of misinformation about the use of cell phones by students.  Board policy has allowed students to bring cell phones to school but they may not be used and must remain off. This has restricted those teachers who wish to use mobile technologies as a tool in their instruction from being able to do so.

The revised Policy will allow for the use of mobile technologies based on administrative guidelines that will be developed delineating the specifics and outlining the restrictions.

A committee comprised of teachers and other stakeholders will develop and recommend the guidelines to me.  Once approved, a pilot for the use of mobile technologies will be conducted.  This will include an evaluation component to determine whether there is a need for revision before any implementation in the district.  For those teachers who wish to use mobile technologies as part of their repertoire of teaching strategies, professional development will be available on the effective use for instructional purposes.

Friday, October 14, 2011

LOCS launches district-wide Bullying-Prevention Program

With the support of our community, Lake Orion Community Schools has launched the implementation of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program district wide. The program is now in its second year at Oakview Middle School and has expanded to Lake Orion High School and Pine Tree Elementary this year.

“Olweus [pronounced Ol-VEY-us] Bullying Prevention Program is a comprehensive program designed for use in schools. Its goals are to reduce and prevent bullying problems among school children and to improve peer relations at school. The program has been found to reduce bullying among children, improve the social climate of classrooms, and reduce related antisocial behaviors, such as vandalism and truancy. The Olweus Program has been implemented in more than one dozen countries around the world.”

Reducing and preventing bullying extends beyond the four walls of the schools. As such, we have garnered the full support of the LO Police Department, LO Township, Village and Library officials.

With financial support from the Lake Orion Education Foundation and local businesses and organizations, we will be able to expand the program to all schools in the district. Staff members will be trained in the Olweus model to create an environment in which bullying is never tolerated and all students feel safe and valued - where children are free to learn academically and to thrive emotionally.