STLP - What is STLP

Published: 9/21/2012 11:24 AM
 
STLP™ The Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP™) was established in 1994 by the STLP State Advisory Council. Student-designed projects, products and services are created to help the school and community. The program is open to ALL students in all grade levels in every school (P-16) in Kentucky.

The Mission of the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP™) is to  advance individual capabilities; to motivate all students; and to create leadership opportunities through the use of technology.

STLP™ Six Goals

Goal 1. The STLP will develop activities which enhance the academic, social and emotional growth of the student.

Student Technology Leaders (STLs) will participate in technology activities coordinated to core content.
STLs will work in teams/individually inside and outside the school.
STLs will interact with other students and adults to develop working partnerships.

Goal 2. The STLP will provide leadership opportunities for all students.
STLs rosters will reflect the diversity of school populations.
STLs will take responsibility for participating in leadership, training and activities.
STLs will experience career awareness/entrepreneurial opportunities.

Goal 3. The STLP will participate in multi-age collaboration by forming innovative learning partnerships.
Coordinators and STLs will develop activities which cross grade levels and geographic boundaries (K-16).

Goal 4. The STLP will form learning partnerships among students with different technology skills.
STLs will learn new technology skills.
STLs will share technology expertise with other students.

Goal 5. The STLP will develop activities which benefit communities.
Coordinators and STLs will form partnerships with business, industry, charitable, nonprofit and community agencies.

Goal 6. The STLP will develop instructional activities which integrate technology and benefit the school and support KETS (Kentucky Education Technology System).
Coordinators and STLs will initiate activities that benefit individual students and staff and support the school's consolidated plan.
Coordinators and STLs will assist with technology integration throughout the school.
Accomplishing the Goals
Coordinators guide students in creating projects, products and services. The projects, products and services should accomplish the 6 STLP Goals. 
All goals improve the students' leadership and help students gain 21st Century Skills, and meet ISTE Student Technology Standards (NETS) and skills in the Kentucky Technology Program of Studies.
Students in STLP are the mentors for other students, teachers and community persons.
Allowing students to be empowered to create projects, products and services increases leadership, technology and digital citizenship skills, and a student's feeling of accomplishment.
How a school wishes to meet the goals is as different as each school.
There is a new handbook which is posted in mid August each year to help guide the STLP Coordinator and the school's program.

When the STLP coordinator assures students are leaders of technology in the building; are a resource to teachers and fellow students; are allowed to create STLP projects, products and services in classrooms, the school and community; then this school's STLP will shine and be recognized.
Schools may apply for Silver and Gold Status by submitting slides on projects, products, services that meet the 6 goals.
 
STLP Outcomes
Student Technology Leaders (STLs) develop good technology, communication and teaming skills. STLP students model good digital citizenship.
Other members of the school and community are enabled to integrate and use technology in and out of the classroom as a result of training by STLs.
The technical support needed to maintain the technology in schools and districts is provided by many STLs.
Students who don't thrive in conventional classrooms often begin to flourish in an STLP environment.
Students with a limited set of skills learn to maximize those skills and to gain skills in other areas.
Students earn the respect of others in their school and community.
Students gain technology, communication, leadership and
teaming skills; schools' technical needs are met; and communities benefit from the projects.
STLP leads the way in demonstrating skills in the Technology Kentucky Program of Studies; 21st Century Skills and ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (NETS).

STLP benefits all involved and empowers Kentucky students to be leaders in the school and community.

Special thanks go to Issaquah, WA for their early guidance in developing STLP.