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ALAS Education Summit

October 15-18, 2014
Atlanta, Ga.

2014 AASA & ACSA Women in School Leadership Forum

October 2-3, 2014
Rohnert Park, Calif.

Momentum: FLVS World Symposium

September 30-October 3, 2014
Orlando, Fla.

Many Mass. vocational and technical high schools have waiting lists

A study has found that many vocational and technical high schools in Massachusetts have long waiting lists for students seeking admission at a time when well-paying jobs are going unfilled for lack of skilled labor. The Northeastern University School of Law study found that at least 3,500 students were unable to get into public vocational schools in the past two years.

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Ariz. district's school bond calls for $11.2 million in tech improvements

Lake Havasu public schools students could have widespread access to tablet or other wireless devices in the classroom if a multi-million dollar school bond passes in November. The bond also would fund widespread improvements to the district’s technology infrastructure.

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With tech taking over in schools, worries rise

Technology companies are collecting a vast amount of data about students, touching every corner of their educational lives — with few controls on how those details are used. Privacy advocates say many of the details now collected by education sites and apps are not covered by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act because they do not form part of the institutional student education records maintained by schools.

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Large Calif. district considers major tech upgrades for over $30 million

Santa Monica-Malibu USD's Board of Education could spend up to $34.4 million to upgrade technology across the district. The cash would come from a bond approved by voters and be spent on software, hardware, new staff and more. One big ticket item, a network upgrade for 809 classrooms and workspaces, could cost about $9.2 million.

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The business of school library automation

With today’s automation software, librarians can give book recommendations and users need only a single portal to search for digital and print resources. Advanced reporting tells librarians the most commonly read genres and the age of books in the library.

New training paths for school tech staff

Given the need for qualified school technologists, there are a few training programs that specifically address the unique combination of technical and pedagogical skills needed for leaders and their staff, including CoSN’s certified education technology leader program and the Leading Edge Certification program.

Focus on inventions, not test scores

If the choice is between (a) having innovation clusters like Silicon Valley and middle-of-the-pack test scores or (b) having top-of-the-pack test scores and a second-rate innovation economy, the choice is clear. Let's focus on all the intangibles of innovation companies started, apps created, and most importantly, dreams fulfilled for judging the future success of our nation's STEM programs for kids.

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