District CIO

Push to get iPads to all Illinois district students

Hundreds of additional Downers Grove elementary school students could be carrying iPads next year, as the district prepares to expand its program to outfit all 5,000 kids with individual iPad Minis over three years.

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2014 AESA Summer Leadership Conference

July 14–17, 2014

Santa Fe, N.M.

NAESP 2014 Conference

July 10–12, 2014

Nashville, Tenn.

ISTE 2014

June 28–July 1, 2014

Atlanta, Ga.

2014 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence

June 27–29, 2014

Dallas, Texas

NABSE Aspiring Superintendents Summer Institute 2014

June 22–24, 2014

Downers Grove, Ill.

2014 NSTA STEM Forum & Expo

May 14–17, 2014

New Orleans, La.

Supply and demand in the new education economy

While many states struggle with high unemployment and too few jobs, Colorado has a unique problem—plenty of available and high-quality jobs but too few qualified workers to fill them. Colorado's business leaders are working with education leaders on the Future Forward Colorado initiative to align K12 standards and expectations with the rigor and requirements needed for students to succeed in college and careers.

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In New Jersey school, special needs students are on a tech track

Several Wayne Hills High students with special learning needs are filling in as in-house tech experts, setting up computers in schools throughout the district. The students are part of the transition skills program, which trains students who are not usually college-bound for careers once they leave high school.

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Vocational high schools: Career path or kiss of death?

Education professionals are split on whether vocational training in high school helps or hurts students. While the rhetoric of the last few years has centered around encouraging students to go to college as a way to find gainful employment and a guaranteed route to the middle class, some are increasing their calls for multiple pathways to those outcomes.

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