Moriarty-Edgewood School District Has Been

Named a Google for Education Reference District

Moriarty-Edgewood School District (MESD) is honored to be the first school district in New Mexico to be designated by Google as a Google for Education Reference District.  Currently, there are only 142 districts who hold this distinction worldwide, with only 85 representing the United States. According to Google, “Google for Education Reference Districts are districts that demonstrate excellence and thought leadership through the innovative use of technology, including G Suite for Education (formerly known as Google Apps for Education) and Chromebooks, to drive impact and positive learning outcomes.”  As a Reference District, MESD’s “Story of Impact” will be featured worldwide on the Google for Education website and the district will have opportunities to share resources, host workshops and events, and be a part of Google’s Trusted Tester Program.

An integral part of MESD’s overall vision is to equip and inspire students to excel today and tomorrow. The district believes this means equipping learning spaces with current technologies and providing students with rich opportunities to engage in the types of transformational learning experiences that will inspire them to be innovative communicators, collaborators, critical thinkers, and creators. To fulfill this vision, MESD started rolling out a plan to get more devices into classrooms, ensuring that every student will have equitable access to technology.  Because of the generosity of local communities through general obligation bonds, the district has made over 2,000 Chromebooks available to students since 2015, and expects to achieve 100% classroom cart-based 1:1 implementation during the 2017-18 school year.  Additionally, new professional development opportunities have been offered to district staff to equip educators for effective and transformative instructional technology integration into classrooms.  

All MESD students and staff members have G Suite for Education accounts, giving them access to a broad host of creativity, productivity, and collaboration tools. With growing proficiency in using these tools, the district has big plans to unveil an exciting new professional development system this fall.  The system will encourage and incentivize educators in taking the next steps with technology integration in their classrooms. This promises to deliver even more opportunities for MESD students to experience classroom environments filled with innovation and creativity.

“We are working very hard to make an important paradigm shift, moving from teaching about technology to viewing technology as a learning tool for accessing the curriculum in all content areas. We know that these are important skills that our students need to be future ready, and it’s really an exciting honor to have these efforts recognized by Google,” said Teresa Salazar, Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services.