The Harbor Science and Arts Charter School continues to strive to improve student academic achievement through technology literacy. There are two computers in each classroom for the ultimate access and usage by all students and teachers. In addition, an information technology staff person is available to the school staff to address any functional concerns or challenges.
The Harbor Science and Arts Charter School received a grant in July of 2005 for a wireless mobile lab which included a teacher station, twenty iMac laptop computers and supporting software.
Closing the Achievement Gap
Harbor Charter is in the process of affording students the opportunity to access critical information and learning resources to develop the skills they need to confidently use and integrate learning technologies to support their learning.
Teachers at Harbor Charter will receive staff development so that they are able to integrate technology into their instructional strategies to ensure that students become self-directed learners, and productive members of society. Administration at Harbor Charter is committed to supporting teachers in this endeavor. By providing teachers with access to, and the use of learning technologies along with high quality professional development; teachers will have the tools necessary to give students the quality instruction that is necessary in today’s world.
Community and Family
Harbor Charter School realizes that technology is a powerful vehicle for communication and interaction with parents. Through the school’s new website scheduled to launch in September of 2007, electronic mail, and school and library resources, parents can increase their involvement when the knowledge is present and easily accessible. With the school having a website and web-based information resources, Harbor Charter can promote accountability, by making information about student, school and district performance available to the community.
It is the mission of the Harbor Science and Arts Charter School to provide students with a high quality education through a rigorous academic program that infuses character building, physical wellness and the arts. Students will graduate with the skills necessary to succeed in higher learning institutions and have the capability to make a positive contribution to society.
It is also the goal of Harbor Charter School to collaborate with key stakeholders to develop, implement and evaluate a technology program that provides school faculty, parents, students and members of the school community the technology resources needed to support all students in meeting technology standards.
Long Term Goals and Measurables
1. Students will have the opportunity to use learning technologies to access and analyze information so that they develop high order thinking skills; increase their ability to use technology as a tool to solve their problems, and support their confident use of the technology skills they will need for future success as a productive citizen.
2. All teachers will meet technology competency standards to ensure their ability to use learning technologies effectively in supporting student achievement of the New York State Learning Standards.
3. Every administrator will be technology literate, will provide leadership in integrating curricula, instruction, and student learning activities, and will have access to technology resources that support them in developing management systems and in creating a school climate and culture that results in high student achievement for all population groups.
4. Parents will have the opportunity to access web-based information about the school in order to support and reinforce the instruction their children receive at the school.
Harbor Charter understands the importance of technology within a school and looks to achieve all of these goals within the next two academic school years: 2007-2009.
Harbor Charter has implemented the following:
Harbor Charter will implement the following in years 2007-2009: