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Bossier Schools Named State's First Google Reference District
Posted 5/6/20

Reference District designation logo for Google for EducationGoogle has taken notice and singled out Bossier Schools as the first district in the state of Louisiana to be designated a Google for Education Reference District.  

There are currently 142 reference districts throughout the United States. Bossier Schools is now the third largest district in the United States to earn the distinction. Google recognizes Reference Districts for their outstanding use of technology to drive positive learning outcomes. Each has agreed to host visitors on-site, share advice, tips and best practices, host events, and more.

"Bossier Schools’ adoption of the G Suite for Education and Chromebooks has been very organic," said Stewart Thompson, Supervisor of Technology for Bossier Schools, who pointed out the district began transitioning to the G Suite for Education in 2013.

"Since that time, teachers quickly began to realize the impact that Chromebooks paired with G Suite could have on creativity, productivity, and collaboration,” Thompson added. “Schools have done tremendous work in securing funding to purchase Chromebooks and using Google for Education tools in innovative and impactful ways in the classroom."

In 2016, the Bossier Schools Technology Department began offering Saturday Google "Boot Camps," where teachers and administrators take a deep dive into all of the Google tools and their educational applications. At the culmination of the training, attendees have the opportunity to put their knowledge to the test by completing the exam to become a Google Certified Educator. Bossier Schools now has just under 200 employees with the certification. 

The skills learned at these Boot Camps have also aided the district in an unforeseen way. In response to the COVID-19 school closures, educators’ acquired expertise paved the transition to online learning and poised them for continued delivery of instruction to students.