On July 14, the Cobb County Board of Commissioners voted to approve Superintendent Chris Ragsdale’s request for $8.1 million in CARES Act Funds.
Based on Superintendent Ragsdale’s recommendation, Cobb Schools will use the CARES ACT funds to further expand the District’s digital learning platforms for students, parents, and teachers called the Cobb Teaching and Learning System (CTLS). Three of the Commissioners voiced support for the District’s need for a remote learning platform which enables students to learn and teachers to teach from anywhere, particularly now during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am thankful to the Cobb County Board of Commissioners for recognizing that our school district must be prepared to support students as the District starts the 2020-2021 school year in a fully remote learning environment. CTLS is the tool our teachers, parents and students need to succeed. The digital platform will directly benefit every student and parent as soon as this fall,” said Superintendent Ragsdale.
The digital teaching and learning environment designed by Cobb educators is a one-of-a-kind, industry-leading learning management platform that helps parents and teachers identify what students know and provide the supports to teach what they don’t know. Even more importantly considering the current pandemic, the platform can serve as an extension of the classroom when remote learning is necessary. Thanks to the additional funds, the District will be able to roll out new upgrades and educational resources available in CTLS when school starts on August 17.
In addition to the part of CTLS that teachers have already been using, CTLS will also include a parent portal or one-stop shop where parents can access everything related to their students, including contacting teachers. CTLS Parent will make it easier for parents to monitor student progress, stay updated on student learning, and keep closely connected with the teacher so they can work together to maximize the child’s education. Students will be able to support their academic needs through the CTLS Learn portal during the period of remote learning and when students return to school for face-to-face instruction.
The CTLS platform, which has been in development and use by Cobb educators for several years, will be able to fully support all 113,000 Cobb students who engage in remote learning.