General McLane High School

Principal Rick Scaletta had hopes that giving each teacher a laptop would foster greater technology integration within and between classrooms. Yet, General McLane High School continues to lag behind Scaletta's expectations for technology use in teaching and learning. While General McLane's school leaders wonder if they should even apply for the Classrooms for the Future grant, they work to improve the use of technology through teacher technology cohorts.
Principal Rick Scaletta had hopes that giving each teacher a laptop would foster greater technology integration within and between classrooms. Yet, General McLane High School continues to lag behind Scaletta’s expectations for technology use in teaching and learning. While General McLane’s school leaders wonder if they should even apply for the Classrooms for the Future grant, they work to improve the use of technology through teacher technology cohorts.

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Partnerships with local community groups encourage students to learn outside the classroom.

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Student achievement is a big focus in the small town of Edinboro.

General McLane High School is located in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, about 25 miles south of Erie, in the western corner of the state. The town is home to Edinboro University. School demographics reveal a highly homogeneous student population. The school report card is one of which any school would be proud.

Student Demographics

School Report Card

“The McLane Advantage”

Standard & Poor’s Award

Administrators and teachers at McLane continue to seek ways to improve students’ experiences and boost their achievement. The Experience Academy, for example, aims to capture the minds of ninth graders, many of whom are reluctant learners. Drawing on community support, the Academy promotes active exploration of local history and up-close-and-personal investigation of local flora and fauna. Teaching and learning happen both inside and outside school walls.


Engaging Students in the Experience Academy [dial-up OR broadband]

School leaders attempt to broaden the use of technology at General Mclane.

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Classroom technology integration is the next step for General McLane.

The school enjoys a strong technology infrastructure. General McLane boasts five computer labs, three of which are used to support an extensive program of study related to computers. Yet Scaletta remains dissatisfied with the pace of integration of technology into curriculum. Every teacher has a laptop, but too few have stretched beyond the use of email and word processing. He wants to see teachers and students routinely forging intellectual links between the machine and the big ideas in their course of study.


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In staff development at General McLane, tradition is out. Involving teachers in small groups, or cohorts, to discuss best practices for teaching and learning is in. Two technology cohorts meet twice each month to review technology skills and discuss ways of integrating technology into various curricula. The cohorts serve as catalysts, stimulating technology use across the school.