Using a Change Theory Approach to Support a District-wide 1:1 Mobile Device Initiative
The La Habra City School District is a low-income district; all nine schools are Title I. The percentage of students district-wide qualifying for the free or reduced-price meal subsidy is approximately 82%. The ethnic makeup of the district is approximately 83% Hispanic/Latino; 12% White; 4% Asian American/Pacific Islander; and 1% African American. This is a high needs district with a large at-risk student population. As such, this project closely connects to my department’s priorities of just, equitable, and inclusive education due, in part, to the population being served. La Habra City School District’s 1:1 mobile device initiative provides access to cutting edge technology for students who do not have access to these tools at home. This initiative will provide students in the district with opportunities to develop important 21st century skills that will help them be successful in school and beyond.
As the number of 1:1 initiatives in K12 increases, there is a need for research that documents these initiatives. My research focuses on this area (1:1 innovations) of scholarship. Being involved in this project would allow me to be involved in a project that is directly aligned with my scholarship, and, as result, will lead to the development of a manuscript for publication along with at least one conference proposal. In addition to scholarship outcomes, I expect to help the district develop clear policy and strategies to continue the expansion of their 1:1 initiative and to successfully sustain this innovation. I also hope to gain a better understanding of the issues involved in how districts are implementing the Common Core State Standards and how educational technology fits into this equation.