National School Boards Association’s Site Visits to Include Canadian School

Alexandria, Va., – February 5, 2010 – The National School Boards Association’s Technology Leadership Network will conduct its annual district site visits starting in March. This year, TLN will include a school in Canada. Other visits will include outstanding schools in Arkansas, Illinois, and Colorado.

These sites visits are excellent opportunities for educators and the public to learn how each district has transformed the learning process and boost student achievement within diverse settings with the help of technology. They offer classroom visits with teachers and students, mini-briefings on professional development strategies, and conversations with board members and business partners to gain a comprehensive view of the district’s technology vision. School districts selected for the 2010 education technology site visits are:

Fayetteville Public Schools, Arkansas, March 14-16, 2010
Serving 8,400 students, the Fayetteville School District is addressing the gap between how students are educated and the knowledge and skills they need to be successful in the future. Their vision of a 21st century learning system has been guided by the work of Harvard’s Dr. Tony Wagner and the creation of small learning communities in the design of their new high school.

Avoca School District #37, Wilmette, Illinois, April 7-9, 2010
Avoca serves 700 students in one of the most diverse districts in the Chicago area. With a strong commitment by district leaders to embrace a continuous improvement model, the mission of educational technology in Avoca is “to improve and transform the way we teach and learn.”

Jeffco Public Schools, Golden, Colorado, May 5-7, 2010
Jefferson County Public Schools is the largest school district in Colorado with more than 84,000 students. Under the leadership of a strong Division of Instruction and Information Technology, the district has restructured its libraries to support a digitally rich environment to meet the 21st century learning needs of all students.

Eastern Townships School Board, Magog, Quebec, March 28-30, 2010
A diverse, 6,500 student Magog is located 50 miles from Montreal and 70 miles from Burlington, Vermont. “The Eastern Townships visit offers a special opportunity for participants to understand how project-based instructional strategies, coupled with one-to-one learning initiatives, have produced gains in achievement for students in that district,” says Ann Flynn, Director of Education Technology at NSBA. “With the growing interest in one-to-one initiatives, the lessons learned in Eastern Townships can provide a useful roadmap for other districts and offers proof that educators share many of the same challenges when new technologies are introduced,” Flynn added.

More details on the education technology site visits, agendas, and hotel and registration information is available at http://www.nsba.org/tlnsitevisits/.

Since 1987, NSBA’s Technology Leadership Network (TLN) has served local district leadership teams that establish policy and implement technology decisions to enhance teaching and learning, administrative operations, and community outreach.

Founded in 1940, the National School Boards Association (www.nsba.org) is a not-for-profit organization representing State Associations of school boards and their member districts across the United States. Its mission is to work with and through all its State Association members to foster excellence and equity in public education through school board leadership. NSBA achieves that mission by representing the school board perspective in working with federal government agencies and national organizations that impact education, and provides vital information and services to state associations of school boards throughout the nation.

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Contact:
Linda Embrey, Communications Office
National School Boards Association
703-838-6737; lembrey@nsba.org
http://www.nsba.org/tlnsitevisits/

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Meris Stansbury

Meris Stansbury is the Editorial Director for both eSchool News and eCampus News, and was formerly the Managing Editor of eCampus News. Before working at eSchool Media, Meris worked as an assistant editor for The World and I, an online curriculum publication. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2006 with a BA in English, and enjoys spending way too much time either reading or cooking.