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[CDE] – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced Monday the creation of the Education Technology Task Force to recommend how to bring 21st century tools into California’s classrooms to improve teaching and learning.

In creating the 48-member Task Force, Torlakson said he recognized the severe financial limitations currently facing schools, but was establishing the group now so that a plan for making better use of technology would be ready when more resources were available.

“Technology is changing nearly every aspect of our lives. But in California—home to Silicon Valley and the world’s leading technology companies—many schools have been all but left out of the technology revolution,” Torlakson said. “If we’re serious about providing our students a world-class education, we need a plan that leaves no school and no child offline.”

Torlakson also discussed the Task Force during the annual Computer-Using Educators Conference held over the weekend in Palm Springs.

The all-volunteer, unpaid Task Force is comprised of teachers, administrators, technology directors, local and county superintendents, school board members, parents, researchers, policy advocates, and foundation/community members from around the state.

The Task Force will work in groups led by facilitators to explore education technology in five key areas—learning, assessment, teaching, infrastructure, and productivity.

Members will assess the state’s current education technology infrastructure and identify gaps between the current National Education Technology Plan and California’s most recent plan, which was approved in 2005. The group also will assess future needs and recommend how to improve teaching, learning, and equal access to technology for all students.

Creation of the Task Force was among the goals set out in the Blueprint for Great Schools, a report on the future of education in California prepared for Torlakson by his Transition Advisory Team, a group of nearly 60 parents, teachers, and business and community leaders.

The Blueprint calls for incorporating one-to-one technology as a key component of teaching, learning, and assessment that supports high levels of literacy, bi-literacy, and prepares students for success in the global economy.

As part of its duties, the Task Force will get input from stakeholders and experts in the field. A Web page also has been created on the Brokers of Expertise Web site for anyone who would like to contribute information, research, and case studies at http://commentedtech.myboe.org.

The Task Force is expected to present recommendations to Torlakson to revise and develop a California Educational Technology Blueprint over the next few months, followed by a series of public meetings to gather comments on issues identified by the Task Force.

For more information on the Education Technology Task Force, please visit the California Department of Education Web site at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ettf.

Education Technology Task Force Members

 

Name

Organization

Title

Frank Baxter Jefferies Group, Inc. Chairman Emeritus
Michael Berg Central Unified School District Superintendent
Kenneth Brown Booz Allen Hamilton Associate Systems Engineer
Kelly Calhoun Santa Clara County Office of Education Assistant Superintendent, Chief Technology Officer
Vanitha Chandrasekhar Long Beach Unified School District Education Technology Coordinator
Steve Clemons San Diego County Office of Education Assistant Superintendent, Chief Technology Officer
John Cradler Educational Support Systems President
Robert Craven Fullerton Joint Union High School District Chief Technology Officer
Shirley Diaz Glenn County Office of Education Deputy Superintendent, Educational Services
Andrea Dutton Chaffey Community College Program Director, Radiology Technology
Dawn Egan Lassen Union High School District Teacher/Categorical Projects
John Fleischman Sacramento County Office of Education Assistant Superintendent, Technology Services
Jo-Ann Fox Escondido Union School District Teacher, California Teachers of the Year Semi-Finalist
Lisa Gonzales Santa Clara County Office of Education Coordinator, Curriculum & Instruction
Brigette Hunley Brigette Hunley Consulting Principal
John Ittelson California State University, Monterey Bay Professor Emeritus
Anjali Kausar Cupertino Union School District School Board Trustee
Stephen  Kay San Jose State University Assistant Professor
Machelle Kilgore Pacific Coast High School Principal
Kurt Larsen WestEd Senior Research Associate/Producer
Mike Lawrence Computer-Using Educators, Inc. Executive Director
Anne Mallory Imperial County Office of Education Superintendent
Nonette Martin Bassett Unified School District Assistant Superintendent, Business Services
Chuck McMinn NapaLearns President
Steve Midgley Mixrun LLC Principal
Richard Miller Riverside Unified School District Superintendent
Jane Mintz Oak Park Unified School District Director, Educational Technology
Barbara Nemko Napa County Office of Education Superintendent
Michelle Pacansky-Brock Mt. San Jacinto College Online Associate Faculty
Richard Quinones Los Angeles County Office of Education Assistant Superintendent, Chief Technology Officer
Rebecca Randall Common Sense Media Vice President Education Programs
Marisa Rivas Digital Edge Learning Educational Consultant
Ron Rohovit California Science Center Deputy Director of Education
Alex Rooker Communications Workers of America, Local 9400 Director, Government Affairs
Bill Selak Covina-Valley Unified School District Teacher
Ken Shelton Los Angeles Unified School District Teacher
Kevin Silberberg Standard School District Superintendent
Brad Strong Children Now Senior Director, Education
Hilda Sugarman Fullerton School District School Board Trustee
Torrence Temple Murrieta Valley Unified School District Teacher
David Tokofsky Associated Administrators of LA Strategist
Rebecca Wardlow Ashford University Provost
Glen Warren Orange Unified School District Teacher
Paul Watters Butte County Office of Education Director, ROP
John White Los Angeles Unified School District School Administrator
Esther Wojcicki Palo Alto High School Teacher
Amy Wong Silicon Valley Education Foundation Director, STEM Integration
Alexander Zwissler Chabot Space and Science Center Executive Director/CEO
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