Education Technology

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?”

Tom On Point: A separated people; a decision to make

Thomas J. Gentzel

The following is adapted from remarks presented at NSBA’s Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C., in January.

Data Security Breaches - I&A Aug. 2016

August 2016 Inquiry & Analysis - Protecting Personal Information: Managing and Preventing Data Security Breaches

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 Issue Brief: Education Technology at School and at Home

Since 2010, when the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published Connecting America: the National Broadband Plan, NSBA has worked closely with the agency and Congress to move toward universal broadband access to improve academic achievement. In the last year, three major developments began to change the landscape: modernization initiatives at the FCC for the E-rate and Lifeline programs, and passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).


Registration Now Open for Coachella Valley Unified School District Site Visit
Thermal, California, October 19-21, 2016

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$385 for Technology Leadership Network Districts

$460 for Other Districts

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

Travel Information

MacNair Travel has been selected as the official travel agency for the NSBA 2016 Educational Technology Site Visits. MacNair has negotiated discounts with United Airlines and Delta Airlines to bring you fares lower than those available to the public.*

United Airlines: and enter the code ZVHP657714

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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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