Technology

Tom On Point: Retractable rights

Thomas J. Gentzel

I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, which is home to an estimated 60,000 Amish, people with a distinct culture and a unique way of expressing themselves. Instead of turning off the light switch, for instance, they likely would say that you were “outening the lights.” When it’s raining lightly, it’s “spritzing,” and if someone ate the last piece of cake, well, “the dessert is all.”

Tom On Point: A Student’s Voice

Thomas J. Gentzel

I recently attended a celebration of public schools in Baltimore County, Maryland, one of the nation’s largest school systems. The program was filled with outstanding student performances and reports on the impressive progress this highly diverse district has been making in achieving academic gains for all students.

Use technology to spark creativity

One of the slides technology guru Steve Dembo presented during the Education Technology Luncheon on Sunday at NSBA’s Annual Conference in Denver showed school board candidacy lawn signs.

His observation: These are probably the last direct communication that the community ever gets from the school board members.

The next slide featured Lin-Manuel Miranda from the Broadway hit “Hamilton.” Out of his mouth was a word balloon: “Who tells your story?”

National School Boards Association Announces 2017 Education Technology Innovation Showcase

Alexandria, Va.  (March 21, 2017) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announced today the four companies selected for its annual Technology Innovation Showcase. 

The 2017 class -- Allovue, FressGrade, k12itc, and Living Tree --will be featured in an exclusive area of the exhibition and participate in a Tech Innovation Showcase panel during the NSBA Annual Conference in Denver, March 25-27, 2017. Later this summer, they will be featured in NSBA’s magazine for school leaders, American School Board Journal, and participate in a webinar hosted by NSBA’s Technology Leadership Network (TLN). 

NSBA Launches Education Technology Innovation Showcase

Alexandria, Va.  (Jan. 3, 2013) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA), with more than 25 years experience through its Technology Leadership Network (TLN), is pleased to announce the six companies selected for its first Technology Innovation Showcase.

“The Technology Innovation Showcase was created to highlight emerging companies that represent the diversity of new solutions in education,” said Ann Flynn, NSBA’s Director of Education Technology.

Tom On Point: Red flag on ESSA backsliding

Thomas J. Gentzel

Passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) late last year has been the cause of much celebration by those of us who believed the fulcrum in education policymaking was badly in need of a reset. For decades, the federal role has grown, coercing state leaders and local school officials to change their practices in order to be eligible for funding from Washington. In the wake of state budget cuts and the recession of 2008, the need for such financial support assumed added urgency.

NSBA Capitol Hill Letter on Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act (H.R. 5587)

NSBA urges the House’s passage of this bill. NSBA, representing more than 90,000 local school board members across the nation, working with and through our state associations, supports the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act” (H.R. 5587). This bipartisan legislation reflects the concerted effort among our school districts, communities, business and industry, and institutions of higher education to ensure that our students are prepared to succeed in the workforce.

Coachella Valley Unified School District Site Visit Agenda

Wednesday, October 19

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Registration and Opening Reception

Fantasy Springs Resort, 12th Floor
84-245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio, CA

Tom On Point: Unacceptable irony

Thomas J. Gentzel

Like the tiles in a mosaic, each interesting on its own but collectively presenting a separate image, the current state of public education in America generally does not appear as a complete picture when reading individual news stories or research studies. The challenges facing public schools are many, but together they conspire to threaten this most vital institution if left unaddressed.

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