Michael A. Davino
Springfield Public Schools
Davino came to Springfield Public Schools in 2004 with a great deal of experience in implementing technology initiatives: At the Petrides Educational Complex in Staten Island, N.Y., he created one of the first wireless one-to-one laptop initiatives in the United States. The year was 2000, and the initiative was titled “Leap to the Millennium.” This initiative pioneered the concept that each classroom becomes a computer lab in real time.
One of Davino’s first actions in Springfield was to assess the district’s technology infrastructure. He increased its bandwidth through fiber-optic connectivity, and by 2006 he had successfully implemented a one-to-one laptop initiative for all students in grades six through 12. In addition, all preschool through fifth-grade classrooms received four or five Apple laptops, and all instructional staff have their own laptop. All students and staff have access to interactive whiteboards, iPod touches, and other multimedia tools for classroom assessment and instruction.
In developing Springfield’s 21st Century Technology plan, Davino designed a unique funding model that supports technology through a per-pupil allocation, ensuring that all students have access to the most innovative technology the district can support. School district business is streamlined through the use of SchoolDude.com for online work orders, and the school board is moving toward “paperless” meetings and business. Ongoing professional development is a key component in the district’s success, with in-district training from IDC Corp. and online access to Atomic Learning webinars and other resources. Through these means, student instruction has been transformed into engaging, rigorous learning experiences that foster independence and personal growth.
Springfield’s technology plan has been used as a template by the New Jersey Department of Education, and recently the district accepted a first-place award from the Center for Digital Education’s National Digital School Districts Survey.