LMS Principal Dr. Tiffany Taylor-Johnson and School Counselor Janey Worthington with laptops purchased by the LEF.
Photo credit: Brook Palanca

“Laptops for Learning” provides technology that enables students at Ladue Middle School (LMS) to access course materials from home, while giving parents/guardians a tool they can use to support their students’ school success. The idea for the grant was submitted by LMS Principal Dr. Tiffany Taylor-Johnson and LMS Counselor Ms. Janey Worthington. 
“It’s about providing equitable access to learning,” explains Dr. Taylor-Johnson. “With the push toward technology integration, we quickly discovered that all students do not have access to technology when at home. To compensate, many were staying after school and going to the library during lunch to utilize technology, which left them with little time to participate in school activities and socialize with peers at school.”

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is part of the Ladue School District's Strategic Plan and one of Ladue Middle School’s initiatives. The LEF supports the district's ongoing efforts to be responsive to the significant diversity of our school community as they continually review programs, activities and curricula to maintain an equitable and inclusive environment. The grant’s effectiveness has been increased by the oversight of the Ladue School District’s Director of Technology Rob Highfill and LMS Technology Specialist Karl Kindt. “Mr. Highfill made us aware that students need Wi-Fi access, not just the laptop, to succeed at home,” Dr. Taylor-Johnson explains. “Our Tech Specialist, Mr. Kindt, has been key in educating families and monitoring student use. We are starting to track data to help us determine the grant's impact. Parents, students, and staff have been extremely appreciative, as it's one more way to strengthen the home/school partnership."

There are currently 15 students making use of the laptops. “This grant allows us to demonstrate that we care about our students and will do all that it takes to facilitate learning and support students and families,” says Janey Worthington. Dr. Taylor-Johnson agrees. “The full impact of the grant is significant and can't be completely measured by data or grades. It can also be measured by how a person feels. Knowing that your school community cares and wants to provide what you need is critical to a student's success. This grant demonstrates that the principal, the teachers, the parents, the community are all in this together.”

For details about the more than 130 grants funded by the LEF, please visit our website.