District CIO

NABSE Aspiring Superintendents Summer Institute 2014

June 22–24, 2014

Downers Grove, Ill.

New York school implements bullying prevention software

Intermediate School 228 public school in Brooklyn will be one of the first in the nation to pilot new bullying prevention software that aims to bully-proof its halls through a digital platform. Bridg-iT School's hi-tech system is designed to alert, record, track and notify officials of incidents involving harassment or bullying.

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More reasons for doubting the great American science shortage

For years, we have been hearing about the great American STEM shortage. The federal government and state and local school districts have been pouring millions into upping the number of STEM graduates. Yet the evidence for a broad-based shortage of graduates in these fields doesn’t appear to exist.

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Programs encourage minorities in technology

With a unified message, programs like Tech Journey, PI 515 and CODE2040 hope to create a new generation of minority founders of technology companies. The student programs from across the country seek to provide minority students with mentorship and programming skills as a way to help families out of poverty.

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Carrino hired as director of technology in California

William S. Hart Union High School District has appointed a new director of technology to oversee the needs of its 22,000 junior high and high school students. Jon Carrino, who has been with the district since the inception of the technology department, will begin his new post on July 1.

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Interim tech director chosen by Pennsylvania district

The Plum School Board voted to appoint Chris Burkey, who had been systems administrator in the district's technology department, to the interim technology director position. Burkey replaces district technology director Chris Davis. The board also voted to create a technology integrator position for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Massachusetts district names Anthony Ritacco director of technology

Anthony Ritacco has been appointed to the post of director of technology for the Dover-Sherborn Public Schools. He has been with the school system for six years as senior network administrator. Prior to his first appointment in the district, Ritacco served in a similar capacity in the Norton Public Schools.

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Tools lag behind competency-based learning

A study on competency-based education in New Hampshire demonstrates that policy changes don't always result in uniform change on the ground, and technology isn't always ahead of schools. The report, "From Policy to Practice," shows an emphasis on personalized learning, technology infrastructure gaps and increased state support for competency-based learning.

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Industry leaders lobby for coding classes in California schools

A who's who of the tech industry elite is lobbying Gov. Jerry Brown to upgrade the computer science curriculum in California's classrooms. The state is taking steps to increase its offerings but it lags far behind others like Texas, say the tech leaders, who are led by Code.org co-founder Hadi Partovi.

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Tech gains outpace school and home network connections

Schools throughout Indiana have spent millions rigging classrooms with interactive systems, in some cases replacing textbooks with digital devices. But too often schools and students' homes lack the fast, reliable Internet connections to support the digital shift, leading some teachers to pull back on use of digital devices.

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