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Google Superintendent & Curriculum Leadership Symposium
Union County Public Schools, located in Union County North Carolina, has been selected by Google representatives to host the esteemed Google Superintendent & Curriculum Leadership Symposium for their region. The purpose of the symposium is to provide a platform in which attendees are able to learn best practices of educational technology integration and also discuss the successes of implementing a 1:1 initiative.
Union County Public Schools (UCPS) is approaching its fourth year implementing a 1:1 initiative. UCPS began their implementation in grades 6-8 and have expanded their initiative to all secondary students, grades 6-12, with the deployment of over 22,500 Chromebooks. To support this initiative teachers receive ongoing professional development by UCPS Instructional Technology Facilitators. Some of these trainings include, but are not limited to, the use of various software programs, Web 2.0 tools and Google Apps for Education.
In addition to what is occurring within the district, ideas fostered from within the county, one of which being UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis’s vision of a My Size Fits Me approach to learning, are being shared outside UCPS. Dr. Mary Ellis, Dr. Mike Webb, UCPS Deputy Superintendent of Instructional Technology & Operations, and Tony Burrus, UCPS Chief Technology Officer, have been invited to various speaking engagements, such as NCASCD and presenting to the NC State Board of Education, surrounding the infrastructure and learning experiences associated with the 1:1 implementation trending in UCPS.
In late February, Dr. Ellis will have invited approximately 70 participants to partake in the Google Superintendent & Curriculum Leadership Symposium located in Union County. The morning will begin with a keynote speaker and then participants will visit classrooms and attend various breakout sessions; these sessions will cover Leadership, Infrastructure, Professional Development, Deployment Management, a session by Google and a discussion panel of students and principals. This is an exciting honor bestowed on UCPS by Google and will be a memorable event!
Written by: Becky Swiger-Instructional Technology Facilitator
Posted: Dec 11, 2013 by Rebecca Swiger