CASHION — Stuck in the middle. That was the situation Cashion Elementary School was in because it wasn't poor enough to get government-funding and its students' test scores were high.
The school was desperately in need of new computers, with only 11 working but aging machines and more than 300 students. That's when Principal Lisa Crosslin decided it was time to take action.
Crosslin trained through the Phase 1 Leadership program at the K20 Center in Norman.
“The training had some technology components but really the training was about good leadership practices and instructional practices that you can coach your teachers in,” she said. “You learn about good leadership and then learn how technology can enhance that.”
Through the program, Crosslin also got grant-writing tips and entered her grant proposal to the Oklahoma Education Technology Trust for a total technology overhaul at Cashion.
The first proposal she submitted in 2010 was rejected but trust officials told Crosslin to retool the proposal and submit it again the next year.
The second time, Crosslin's grant was accepted and Cashion was given $65,000 to get a new computer lab with new laptop computers, 30 Apple iPads, a new computer for faculty and staff members and professional development training for staff members so they can learn how to better teach through technology.
Training to teach
Crosslin said she thinks the training is key.