About the District
Douglas County School System is headquartered within the Atlanta Metropolitan area, in Douglasville, Georgia. Consisting of 20 elementary schools, 8 middle schools and 5 high schools, this school district has an enrolment of about 25,500 students.
Douglas County School System was looking for a better way to monitor all staff initiatives. Principal, Dr. Sean Kelly, of Douglas Countyâ€™s Chapel Hill High School, describes:
â€œWe wanted to be able to intelligently answer the question, â€˜What is happening in your schoolâ€™ â€.
Dr. Kelly is very passionate about the effectiveness of regularly conducted classroom walkthroughs, and reinforces this statement by proclaiming, â€œThe most important thing we do is visit classrooms and provide meaningful feedback to educators.â€.
They did not want their professional development initiatives to fade over time and therefore needed a solution to keep them organized and on track.
How Did Media-X Assist?
In 2008, Douglas County School System chose eWalk from Media-X and began with 13 licences. They soon realized just how powerful this solution can be.
â€œVirtually everything we do to develop, implement and monitor improvement initiatives is done using eWalkâ€ – Dr. Kelly
Quickly, this grew to 137 licences, a 954% increase, and is current to this day.
What were the Final Results?
eWalk has assisted by substantially improving the staff monitoring process. Dr. Kelly proclaims, â€œeWalk has been the vehicle by which we have transformed the culture of our school.â€
Dr. Kelly hit the nail on the head when he explained, â€œThere are no (absolute) final results. eWalk is fluid and evolves with us as our needs evolveâ€. When it comes to anything involving professional development, it never ends. Dr. Kelly demonstrates this by revealing, â€œI learn something new about my students and my teachers each time I visit a classroom. The conversations that have resulted from walkthroughs have proven to be invaluableâ€
eWalk provided this school district with a platform to build customizable data collection templates that focused on information relevant to their students, teachers and their schools.
Referring to the original question of â€œWhat is happening in your school?â€, as Dr. Sean Kelly puts it: â€œeWalk allows us to intelligently answer that question.â€.