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Broadband Imperative II: Designing Flexible District Networks for Learning
Wednesday March 22, 2017 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Presented by Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA; Andrew Zuckerman, Ed.D., Director of Instructional Services, Lawrence Township Public Schools; and James Pearcy, Director of Technology, Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District, TX
Hosted by SETDA and Sponsored by AT&T
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This session is part of a series of webinars on SETDA’s 2016 report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning, which advocates for designing flexible networks for learning. The 2016 report expands on earlier recommendations from SETDA’s groundbreaking report, The Broadband Imperative: Recommendations to Address K-12 Education Infrastructure Needs and SETDA and Common Sense Kids Action’s State K-12 Broadband Leadership: Driving Connectivity and Access report. District leaders share examples of effective planning and network design for current and future broadband implementation including wireless connectivity. This webinar benefits K-12 educators and administrators.
About the Presenters
Christine Fox is the deputy executive director for SETDA. As deputy executive director, she collaborates with the executive director in charting strategic direction, administration, planning and financial decisions involving SETDA. She also facilitates the members’ professional learning opportunities including planning and implementing the content for SETDA’s virtual and in-person events and newsletters. In addition, she manages many of SETDA’s research and product development projects from conception to publication. She has worked as an educational consultant and curriculum developer for a national whole school reform model, ESOL coordinator and 3rd grade teacher.
Andrew Zuckerman, Ed.D. is the director of instructional services in the Lawrence Township Public School (LTPS) in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. LTPS works with students in grades Pre-K through 12 and is dedicated in preparing students for the 21st century. In his current position, Dr. Zuckerman has worked to increase the technology literacy of the staff and the availability of classroom technology throughout his district. Under his leadership, he has expanded the district’s 1-1 program to include all students in grades 6-12. He has also worked to increase the availability of classroom technology throughout the district. In 2015, Lawrence High School was the first public high school to implement social media class as an elective in their business department. Dr. Zuckerman obtained his B.S. from Hofstra University, his M.A. from Rider University and his Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University.
James Pearcy is the director of technology at Harlingen Consolidated Independent School District in Texas, a job he has held since 2005. During that time HCISD instituted an ambitious project to improve bandwidth infrastructure resulting, after years of very limited access, in internet speeds of five to ten megabytes in every classroom. “The main goal is to provide educational transformation in teaching and learning through access to technology and resources,” he said in an interview with HCISD Magazine, referring to their strategic plan. Before becoming Director of Technology, he served as an assistant principal and a teacher.
James has a total of 24 years of experience in Texas Public Education. Prior to becoming the director of technology, he served as an assistant principal, and spent 12 years at a campus as an elementary classroom teacher and campus administrator. His major duties as Director of Technology at HCISD include managing IT network and IT staff. He works interdependently with all parts of the organization to plan for an IT environment that supports the growth and transformation of students’ educational environment and experiences. Follow him on Twitter at @j_pearcy.
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The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit membership association launched by state education agency leaders in 2001 to serve, support and represent their emerging interests and needs with respect to the use of technology for teaching, learning, and school operations. Our current work is guided by a strategic plan, Leading, Inspiring and Empowering: The 2013-16 SETDA Strategic Plan, adopted by the SETDA Board of Directors in October 2012 after extensive consultation with the membership. The SETDA mission is to build and increase the capacity of state and national leaders to improve education through technology policy and practice.
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