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Peotone (Ill.) District Hires Director of Curriculum and Technology

After serving nearly 20 years in Mokena, Charles Vitton told the MSD159 Board of Education on April 17 that he was moving on to join outgoing Superintendent Steve Stein at Peotone Community Unit School District 207U as director of curriculum and technology.

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Hamilton (Ohio) Schools Hires Two Technology Coaches

In preparation of upcoming digital changes in Hamilton City Schools, two teachers within the district will soon take on the role of full-time technology instructional coaches. Zach Vander Veen, director of technology, said he hopes to have the spots filled by the end of the school year.

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Former DOE Ed Tech Director Becomes Digital Promise CEO

Digital Promise announced that Karen Cator, the former director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education, has been named its new president and chief executive officer.

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Beloit, Wis. District to Hire Tech-Ed Leader

The School District of Beloit, Wis. is hiring a Career Technical Education administrator. The new administrator will be in charge of all career technical education programming in the district, including its relationship with Blackhawk Technical College, overseeing advisory committees and curriculum development, working with the counselors for career exploration programming, and more.

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US Math Recovery Hires Carolyn Olijnek as First CEO

Math Recovery, a non-profit mathematics intervention council, announces that Carolyn K. Olijnek joins the organization as its first chief executive officer. Olijnek has supported Math Recovery in numerous ways, including as a mathematics trainer and as a presenter at various Math Recovery Conferences.

Finalists Picked to Lead Massachusetts Tech School

The School Committee for the brand-new $133 million Essex North Shore Agricultural and Technical High School is moving to hire the school’s first superintendent-director by July 1, if not sooner.

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New Tech Director Hired at Moon Area, Pa. School District

The Moon Area (Pa.) School District has hired Brian Campbell as acting technology director for the district effective April 8. He replaces former director Christopher Hatty. Campbell most recently served as the technology director for the Woodland Hills School District in Pittsburgh and as the tech coordinator for the Richmond Heights School District in Ohio.

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Gregory Wolf named UMass Medical School CIO

Gregory R. Wolf, the executive director of research computing platforms at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) in Cambridge, will join UMass Medical School as chief information officer in March.

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Zuckerberg May Represent Tech Industry on Capital Hill

The media is reporting that Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is taking a lead role in a Silicon Valley SuperPAC organized by his former college roommate, Joe Green.
Sources say that the group will focus on education and immigration reform, two issues that are crucial to Silicon Valley, which needs a healthy pool of talent to stay competitive.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Names First Chief Content Officer

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt appointed Mary Cullinane chief content officer and executive vice president of corporate affairs. Charged with spearheading the company’s content development strategy for the K12 education market and consumer audiences, Mary will expand her current role to drive HMH’s content production and innovation efforts, developing the next generation of digital solutions.

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