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UCPS hosts Google Superintendent & Curriculum Leadership Symposium

Students at Monroe High School enjoy some quality time with their Chromebooks.

Union County Public Schools has been selected by Google representatives to host the esteemed Google Superintendent & Curriculum Leadership Symposium for our region on February 26th, 2014.

"UCPS has become a known district nationwide for their achievements and efforts in establishing and sustaining an effective 1:1 initiative," said Becky Swiger, UCPS Instructional Technology Facilitator.

The purpose of the symposium is to provide a platform in which attendees can have access to information regarding best practices of educational technology integration and the opportunity to learn and discuss the necessary steps to take when implementing a 1:1 initiative in their district.

Invitations for this event have been extended to approximately 70 participants, some of which include representatives from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.

The morning will begin with a keynote delivered by Dr. Mary Ellis, UCPS Superintendent, and then participants will attend various breakout sessions surrounding Leadership & Funding, Infrastructure, Deployment/Management, Principal Q & A Panel, Student Q & A Panel and Professional Development.

Sessions are being delivered by Google, various members of the UCPS Cabinet Staff, Technology Services staff, principals at the middle and high school levels and students from the Central Academy of Technology & Arts. Students from Monroe High School’s production class will assist in filming the event.

Swiger said that UCPS is approaching its fourth year implementing a successful 1:1 initiative under the direction of Tony Burrus, Chief Technology Officer. 

UCPS began its implementation in grades 6-8 and have expanded its initiative to all secondary students, grades 6-12, with the deployment of more than 23,250 Chromebooks.

"The symposium is being held at the Professional Development Center and is an exciting honor and opportunity bestowed upon Union County Public Schools." Swiger said.

Written by: Becky Swiger, UCPS Instructional Technology Facilitator
Posted: Feb 24, 2014 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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