District CIO

Michael Burnett named director of Vermont regional career center

The Brattleboro Union High School Board has appointed Michael Burnett as the new director of the Windham Regional Career Center. For the past year, Burnett has served as interim director, filling in for former director David Coughlin, who left during the 2012-2013 school year.

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Pittsfield's vocational education director leaving

Frank K. Cote, director of vocational education in city schools since 2011, will leave in June to become superintendent of a vocational-technical high school in southeastern Massachusetts. He will lead the Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical school district in Rochester.

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Shift to technology in the classroom

Educators believe technology deepens the educational value of lessons given to students. Many veteran teachers, who are willing to try new tools but face a bit of a learning curve, should not be afraid to jump in and try something new.

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Strategically investing in education

The education our schools deliver has not kept pace with the advancing role of technology in our economy. There is agreement that growth in STEM jobs over the next four to six years will far outpace the growth in non-STEM jobs. Yet, of the students produced by our K12 schools who are prepared for college-level math and science, less than a quarter decide to pursue a STEM major in college.

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Michigan University creates robotics center for high school students

An old gymnasium at Kettering University is being transformed into a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Community Center, which will house eight high school robotics teams. There, the teams can build robots, practice, collaborate with other teams, and get assistance from professors and students from the college.

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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.