Message from the Board
The late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Computers said, “Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” I am reminded of this quote when I reflect on the accomplishments in Talladega County Schools during the past nine years. District leaders, community stakeholders, parents, teachers, students, and board members worked collectively to inspire a vision for innovation in Talladega County Schools that continues to expand in multiple ways. In 2014, the district was featured on National Digital Learning Day in Washington, DC at the Library of Congress for excellence in the utilization of technology to support student learning. Since that time, the system has implemented a 1:1 technology initiative “#Leading the Way” which provides every student with a device. Combined with a cultural shift and a non-traditional approach to teaching, Talladega County Schools serves as an extraordinary example of how vision and leadership can meaningfully impact student learning in a rural, high poverty district. Through the process, both students and teachers have emerged as exceptional leaders in innovative practices and are often recognized for their work throughout the state and the nation. Winterboro High and Childersburg High were national recipients of the prestigious “Innovation and Change Award” presented by the National Principals Leadership for change and innovation; factors that have driven the system’s progressive approach to better prepare students for college and career readiness. Munford High School was a finalist in 2016 and also recognized for innovative practice best known through partnerships and project-based learning where “Connecting More Kids to the Woods” is top priority.
Currently, The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics) Initiative is defining our work throughout the district and serves as a powerful example of how cutting edge technology and innovation is positioning Talladega County students for much needed careers in the STEM field. Further, selection and membership into the League of Innovative Schools, a Digital Promise initiative, signifies the district’s commitment and success in creating a rich learning environment supported by technology, discovery, and innovation. As chairman of the Talladega County Board of Education, the vision for “providing an engaging, rigorous curriculum empowering all students to be college and career ready” is an awesome responsibility. If the past nine years are any indication of what the future holds, Talladega County Schools will continue to #Lead the Way” in innovative practice and serve as a model for other districts.