“We really had to hone in on key goals we could measure.”
Every school faces unique challenges. That’s why we meet with administrators from each Apple ConnectED school to craft a vision for the role of technology in their classrooms. As part of this planning, we work with school leadership to form a core group of individuals responsible for defining clear and measurable goals.
At Walton Middle School in Compton, California, one of Principal RoseMarie Hickman’s top issues was increasing student attendance. “It’s truly important because attendance and enrollment are tied to school funding. Higher attendance means more services for our scholars.”
With that challenge in mind, Principal Hickman set a goal of increasing the student attendance rate to 98 percent. To achieve it, she is using Apple products as an incentive for her students. “They have to be at first period in order to check out an iPad,” she says. “And it’s worked beautifully.” The effort has also affected some of Hickman’s other goals. “I’ve noticed that we’re decreasing our off-campus suspension rate compared to last year, because our scholars simply do not want to miss school.”