About the District
Renton School District encompasses Renton, Washington as well as small portions of Seattle, Newcastle and Bellevue. With 4 high schools, 3 middle schools and 14 elementary schools, Renton School District has a total student enrolment of approximately 15,000.
What Was The Problem?
Renton School District’s Technology Facilitator, Chris Allen, was kind enough to relay his findings in detail. The following is from Chris himself:
“Back in 2011, the district was using paper forms and clipboards to conduct classroom walkthroughs. These ‘Piles’ of forms would have to be inputted by someone and compiled across the district. We generated lots of information. Unfortunately, none of it was timely.”
How Did Media-X Assist?
Chris Allen explains how Media-X assisted with this issue:
“Some of our senior staff saw eWalk and we bought licenses for the building admins. The results were dramatic. Through the reporting tool, we were able to see district-wide data and (were) immediately able to compare any school with any other school and/or district-wide data.”
What Results Have You Seen?
Chris has a lot to say when it comes to explaining how he has utilized eWalk. Other than classroom walkthroughs, he has expanded the usefulness of eWalk to new heights. He explains:
“As the District Technology Facilitator, I began to noodle around in eWalk to see what else was possible. I taught myself the basics in a very short time. A year later, we were finishing up our own homegrown version of the state mandated Teacher/Principal Evaluation Program (TPEP). I took a look at it and realized that we could easily convert the paper process of TPEP into eWalk and have a much more robust and reliable platform. We purchased building licenses for the entire district and I was able to create all the forms over the summer and launch the pilot at the beginning of the year. Furthermore, we added our office staff/para-educator evaluations to eWalk last year.”
“Not satisfied, I began to look at our other processes and wondered what else could be ‘eWalk-ified?’ I have since created behavior tracking forms, instant assessment and feedback forms for our music teachers, and tracking forms for my department to keep track of who we serve and what we do throughout a typical week.”
“We are now in the middle of our 2nd year (with eWalk) and the principals are very happy with its ease of use.”
â€œNext on the horizon: Converting the paperwork for our security officers into eWalk, streamlining our CPS reporting procedure through eWalk, and integrating iCoach into our existing data collection processes.â€.