District CIO

NABSE Aspiring Superintendents Summer Institute 2014

June 22–24, 2014
Downers Grove, Ill.

Blended learning pilot means a new role for teachers in Memphis

Shelby County Schools in Tennessee is looking to blended learning to help schools reach an ambitious set of goals that includes having 80 percent of its high school graduates college- and career-ready by 2025. The program will be piloted in 16 Memphis schools next year.

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Curtis Richins to take helm of Idaho regional tech center

Cassia County school officials have a new administrator for Cassia Regional Technical Center. Curtis Richins, who taught business education for the last 10 years at Mount Harrison High School, has been hired to replace Carl Voigt.

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How to get girls into coding

The problem is not only getting girls to computer class, but keeping them there. While parents often worry about recreational “screen time,” some educators now believe that gaming could be a way to get girls interested in coding, and even to increase the numbers of girls in STEM

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Can GPS tracking help protect autistic children?

While the effort to expand families’ access to tracking devices is a worthy one, it shouldn’t overshadow the lower-tech strategies for preventing and responding to wandering by children with autism: collaboration, education and sharing information. Though safety can be enhanced by technology, it shouldn’t depend on technology.

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America is in short supply of cyber-experts

It’s time to recognize the increasing need for cybersecurity experts. We must encourage this career path in students from an early age. Efforts that encourage science, technology, engineering and math education for elementary, middle and high school students are essential.

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Vince Green chosen as career tech school's director in Alabama

Vince Green, Limestone County Career Technical Center’s interim director since November 2013, has been named as the permanent director. Career Tech serves all six high schools in the Limestone district and had an approximate enrollment of 500 students during the past school year.

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Mary Jane Warden named as director for Illinois district

Mary Jane Warden has been appointed as the new director of innovation and instruction technology for Park Ridge-Niles School District 64. She will replace Terri Bresnahan, director of technology, who will become assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction at Berkeley School District 87.

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Zuckerberg, Chan donate $5 million to Bay Area schools for technology and more

Mark Zuckerberg and and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating 120 million to Bay Area schools through the Startup:Education fund. The first $5 million will go toward classroom technology and other projects in San Francisco, Ravenswood and Redwood City school districts.

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Pennsylvania school library purges 13,000 books in high-tech overhaul

Students at Penn-Trafford High School made 96,000 trips to the library this school year. But as the school makes renovations, leaders are donating nearly 13,000 books in order to turn the library into more of a media center. It is part of a schoolwide trend of de-emphasizing hard-copy books, with students accessing books and other information online.

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