Irving ISD was named a top digital school district by the Center for Digital Education (CDE). According to the CDE’s press release, Irving ISD was selected for its use of innovative technologies such as the 1:1 laptop initiative, STEM curriculum and flipped classroom instruction. “The survey recognizes exemplary school boards’ and districts’ use of technology to govern their district, communicate with students, parents and community and improve the learning environment and district operations,” they wrote.
“We are elated to be recognized at the national level for our commitment to digital learning,” said Angie Gaylord, Irving ISD’s director of professional and digital development. “Receiving this kind of accolade is a testament to our digital instructional resources, our teachers and students. We always maintain our focus on preparing kids for their future in a competitive, global world,” she says, “and this award honors that commitment.”
“School districts, with the support of their school boards, continue their commitment to initiatives that enhance learning through innovative technologies,” said Alan Cox, Senior Vice President for the Center for Digital Education. “As a result, students are using all kinds of cutting-edge tools that assist learning, inspire creativity and help prepare them for the future. It’s my privilege to congratulate these school districts who are leading the way towards modernizing education.”
The top-ten rankings are awarded to those school boards/districts that most fully implement technology benchmarks in the evolution of digital education, as represented in the survey questions. All U.S. public school districts are eligible to participate in the Digital School Districts Survey and Irving ISD earned a sixth place ranking in the large student population category, which was 12,000 or more students.
Irving ISD, a PreK-12 public school district with approximately 35,000 students, has received other national recognitions for excellence. Just last month, Irving ISD celebrated its selection as the National Advanced Placement (AP) District of the Year for mid-sized school districts.