What is STLP?
The Kentucky Department of Education’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP™) uses project-based learning principles to empower student learning and achievement through the utilization (and creation) of technology based solutions to school and community needs.
An appointed school coordinator guides students to create products, provide services or carry out projects that help the school and community.
STLP is open to all students in P-16. No student should be turned away from being part of STLP. Restricting membership is not part of an active recruitment and retention process.
STLP allows students the opportunity to demonstrate what they know in various ways called categories. STLP taps into the students’ interest and can challenge and motivate them.
STLP provides a means for students to design, create, collaborate and learn.
Schools design projects to accomplish the Mission and 6 Goals.
Projects can be short or long term. Some projects may continue year after year.
At times, projects can morph into a service. The school’s project is so constant and expected that it becomes a service to the school over time.
The project supports the school and community in the use of technology, helps others learn with the use of technology or solves local or global issues.
Projects developed by the STLP members will be stronger when projects are:
- Related to a need in the building and/or community
- Carried out by the students over time with adult guidance
- Engaging and challenging to students
- Centered around critical thinking and problem solving
- Student interest or emerging technology topics
- Reinforced by school and the community and are part of the school culture
- Centered around the STLP Mission and Goals
- Demonstrated by students and allow for tech standards to grow
- Partnered across grades, schools, communities (local, state, national and global)
STLP students regularly create professional products for the classroom, school and community.
Products must be entirely original and created by the student. The best products are ones that are used for STLP projects and services, the classroom for learning, or in the community.
Some products are a result of an authentic task and have strong purpose and audience.
Products may be created after school or at home, with the teacher and parent verifying the original work.
Check the category to determine if the product is an individuals or teams production.
Local teachers and community persons may guide the student in learning about creating products.
KET field consultants can assist schools in understanding video production and script writing, etc.
Many services develop due to student skill sets developing to routinely offer assistance in a particular area. The service may result from needs in the building or district.
Some services develop from a project that mushrooms into a service the school will provide.
Some projects and products are so frequent and popular they become a service the STLP School provides to others.
Often times the service is free of charge.
Sometimes the service can develop into a service and can generate funds for the STLP School.
Students that have skills in newscast communications, speaking and writing often excel in the service category.
Students demonstrate technical knowledge and know how; can problem solve technical issues in classrooms, school or district.
Students working with technical projects, maintaining networks, running help desks/desktop support and offering informal troubleshooting should apply for the Engineer Service.
How does my school join STLP?
STLP is open to all public schools and certified nonpublic schools.
STEP 1: Get your STLP State Recognized! Follow this link to submit the Get Recognized! form for your school. Click Here GET RECOGNIZED!
STEP 2: Join the KYSTLP Listserv to make sure you get all the STLP Updates and to engage in discussion with other STLP Coordinators around KY and your region
STEP 3: Explore the STLP Website and Digital Handbook for ideas and details about the Big 3 STLP Events (Fall Showcase, Digital Product Online Judging, and State Championship)
How can my school participate?
There is no cost to register your school to be state-recognized.
There are no costs to belong to STLP. Costs to travel or spend the night are school/district expenses.
STLP is open to all students. STLP can meet before, during or after school.
Restricting membership is not part of an active recruitment and retention process.
Registration to become state-recognized is open year round.
Schools decide how and what level to become involved in STLP opportunities
What's the Code of Conduct?
- Students’ behavior (spoken language, body language, actions) shall reflect upon their school.
- Students are to be the role model of proper copyright usage and practice good digital citizenship.
- Students are to follow all instructions of the chaperone(s) and STLP Coordinator (s).
- Students spending the night for an event are expected to observe curfews, hotel and chaperone rules.
- Students shall not be in possession of tobacco, alcohol, drugs or weapons at any STLP event.
- All school, district and state rules/laws apply at all STLP events.
Can I recruit students for STLP?
- Active recruitment of the STLP program can help broaden the population of the STLP program.
- Students move away and move to the net building level having new students helps your program grow.
- As students join during the year, more skill sets can be discovered.
Should we promote STLP?
Marketing/Promoting the STLP program helps the school gain recognition and support of the community, which strengthens the program and opens partnerships. Active schools market the program in the school and community. Marketing is a criterion for a Gold School.
- How does my school join STLP?
- How can my school participate?
- What's the Code of Conduct?
- Can I recruit students for STLP?
- Should we promote STLP?
Tips for Getting STLP Started
Getting started with STLP in your school or district is actually pretty easy. For all the information and tips about getting the STLP ball rolling, please click here.