District CIO

Texas STEM program for minority students receives $2.6 million grant

The U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded Southern Methodist University's STEMPREP Project a $2.6 million grant to support its goal of increasing the number of minorities in STEM fields. The program offers college-level classes to middle school students who will later go on to work as research interns at university laboratories, the National Institutes of Health and private industry.

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Virginia high school approved for STEM academy

Kecoughtan High School has been approved by the Virginia Department of Education to launch an Architecture and Applied Arts Governor's STEM Academy. According to Hampton City Schools, the academy will offer programs in design/pre-construction, engineering and technology, visual arts and merchandising.

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Report finds success in first years of Iowa's STEM initiative

A state review of Iowa's STEM initiative showed positive results in its first three years. Students who participated in the first year of the program reported more interest in STEM topics as well as STEM careers. A small gender gap between male and female participation has also narrowed.

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New tech supervisor named for New Jersey regional district

The West Essex Regional School District in North Caldwell has hired Charles Young, an informational technology manager for the Somerset Hills School District, as its new supervisor of technology for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Prescott USD introduces new IT director

The Arizona district recently appointed a new director of information technology, Fred Maupin, who has been working in educational technology since 2001. His experience is both as a K12-certified teacher in computer technology and a network administrator.

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Minnesota district hires its first director of technology

Anthony Padrnos arrives from the Hopkins School District to fill Richfield School District's newly created director of technology position.

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Blended Schools Network partners with School Improvement Network

Sibling Group Holdings, Inc.'s Blended Schools Network division has signed a national partnership agreement to provide K12 online instructional content to School Improvement Network as it develops its Student-Centered Learning product.

Can we strike 1-to-1 from the edu-dictionary?

A 1-to-1 laptop or iPad roll out is not a new instructional model. Whether a student can or cannot carry a machine around all day tells us little to nothing about a school’s actual pedagogy, about the quality of interactions between students and teachers, or about the rigor of the software programs delivered through those devices.

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iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium

November 4-7, 2014
Palm Springs, Calif.

ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership

October 30-November 2, 2014
Orlando, Fla.

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