• A Message from the Executive Director

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     Dr. Joel Schleicher, Executive Director of Technology

    The Grand Forks Public Schools Technology Department maintains a focus on a high-quality, 21st Century education for all students as reflected in our strategic plan:

    Priority Area 2

    Emphasize 21st Century instructional practices which foster student academic engagement.

    Goal

    Promote the utilization of appropriate technology tools to enhance the teaching and learning process.

    Strategies
    *Research new and emerging instructional technology.
    *Provide professional development for administrative and instructional staff.
    *Implement 1:1 Student Personal Digital Device Project.

    In addition, it is also imperative that we strive toward realizing our vision of how technology enhances learning in a 21st Century learning environment.

    Technology Vision

    The Grand Forks Public Schools believe technology is an integral component of learning and is necessary to learn effectively, live productively and participate globally in an increasingly digital world. Technology resources transform learning by allowing learners to create, publish, collaborate and communicate with others in a global environment. Technology helps learners gather and analyze information, solve problems and develop higher-level thinking skills through authentic real-world experiences.

    The technology staff (7 technicians, 10 curriculum technology partners, network services coordinator, data services coordinator, administrative assistant, and director) is dedicated toward meeting the district's 21st Century learning needs.