District CIO

Viz Mojo Labs revamps Conojo app and brand

Viz Mojo Labs, Inc. has transformed its Conojo creative whiteboard app to be a collaborative, creative platform to communicate project ideas and share data mapping and strategies. It was originally conceptualized as a drawing and notetaking whiteboard app.

Stamford Public Schools brings in Christina Hefele as CIO

In Connecticut, Stamford has replaced its schools' chief information officer after hiring Christina Hefele from the neighboring Darien school system. Hefele's hiring comes nearly a year after Phillip Dunn resigned as Stamford Public Schools' top technology administrator.

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Chris Schnepp promoted to director of e-learning in Indiana

Chris Schnepp moved from his position as principal of Alexandria-Monroe Intermediate School and is now the director of e-learning and is leading all professional development for Alexandria-Monroe Community Schools. He will also work closely with school technology directors.

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IT Director Karen Veilleux takes new Connecticut position

Karen Veilleux, the information technology director for Southington schools, will take the same position in the Wallingford school system. Veilleux fills a vacancy left by Randall Backus, who left Wallingford to become the chief technology officer for Newington schools.

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Skills, not quotas, will boost high-tech diversity

The solution to the hiring gap is not to shame private companies into adopting racial quotas and preferences in their hiring practices. The solution is for black and Hispanic leaders to work in their own communities to encourage parents to do whatever they can to keep their kids in school and for leaders, teachers and parents to encourage kids to gain the skills necessary for high-tech careers.

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Computer science in K12 classrooms needs to catch up

It's estimated that in the next decade the number of computer science jobs in the U.S. will outnumber qualified people by 1 million. That's 1 million jobs for the taking that Americans will miss out on because of inadequate skill sets. Despite this, only 10 percent of K12 schools have computer science programs.

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Pluralsight teams up with Utah Stem Action Center with $5 million donation

Pluralsight has partnered with the Utah Stem Action Center and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development with a $5 million donation to give Utah educators a free one-year subscription to Pluralsight’s online training library.

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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