St. John Brebeuf School in Niles, Illinois recognized the fast pace at which technology is evolving and hatched a plan to become a 21st century school. The school had been saving from multiple fundraisers in order to implement a 1:1 initiative within three years. In the first year of the initiative, the school ordered 60 tablets and 60 Chromebooks for students and increased by 100 more in the second year.
To align with the digital initiative, St. John Brebeuf School also has taken steps to reduce paper use as much as they can. To support this effort, the president of the Parent School Association proposed a web-based school supply list solution, TeacherLists, to the school principal.
To manage the technology updates, the district created a new position to handle the initiative and educate teachers on the new digital programs. After ten years as a classroom educator, Adam Taylor was interested in the evolving technology, and was appointed to be the new assistant principal of learning and technology.
One Common Place
Before updating to online school supply lists, St. John Brebeuf School sent home paper lists with the last report card in June. Since, as Taylor pointed out, most parents don’t shop for school supplies in June, the lists often got lost or thrown out.
“We needed one common place for parents to go to find the school supply list, especially for parents with more than one child,” said Taylor. “TeacherLists gives us that common place. Parents can pull up the school supply list anytime, anywhere on their phone and make sure they have everything.”
The school has 17 faculty members, and a student population of 285, so implementing TeacherLists was very easy. The educators uploaded their school supply lists and Taylor maintains them by adding and subtracting items each year. Taylor’s daughter just began first grade, so he and his wife were especially grateful to have TeacherLists as a resource as they shopped for school supplies. They accessed the list on their mobile devices at the store and were confident they had everything their daughter needed.
“The website was very self-explanatory,” said Taylor. “We have been using it for a few years and I have never heard anything negative about TeacherLists. All the educators are on the same page, and as a parent, I am a huge fan.”
At the beginning of the 2015 summer season, TeacherLists announced a sweepstakes for users to enter by simply updating or entering a school supply list and sharing the provided link through a class or school website. A couple weeks into the 2015-2016 school year, Taylor received a phone call from TeacherLists co-founder, Tim Sullivan, congratulating St. John Brebeuf School on winning the sweepstakes and $5,000 to improve their community.
Taylor said that they would use the funds to enhance their Language Arts program to compliment their 1:1 initiative.
Congratulations St. John Brebeuf School!
TeacherLists is the smarter way to manage, find and share school supply lists for teachers and parents, free-of-charge. After uploading a school supply list once, educators can easily update and link the list to a school or personal website. TeacherLists provides parents the freedom of accessing and finding the most updated school supply list, twenty four-seven. For more information about TeacherLists, visit www.teacherlists.com.