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Letter to the Editor: Planning Today for Tomorrow

Today's letter comes from Southington School Superintendent Joseph V. Erardi Jr., encouraging residents to take an active role in helping the community prepare students for the future by creating a technology plan.

The following "Letter to the Editor" was submitted Monday by Joseph V. Erardi Jr., Superintendent of Schools in Southington.

October 2012
Community Members:

According to recent statistics, if you have a son or daughter who is interested in a career in technology, what they learned as a freshman will be outdated by the time they are in their junior year of college!

Therefore, how do we prepare for long range planning to ensure student readiness for higher education and the workforce?

I am pleased to share with the community that a cohort of teacher leaders will be working with me, and with you, to gather data on what we believe our schools’ will need to look like in 2020 to keep pace with today’s changing world.

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Amy Perry, Dan Murdzek, Holly Boudreau, Jennifer Discenza, Jessica Bruenn, Julie Zellner, Kelly Nichols, Marisa Calvi-Rogers, and Tina Riccio have all completed our two-year Administrative Aspirant Program and are willing to facilitate and to synthesize both the qualitative and quantitative data collection on the issue.

In the immediate future, your opinion will be asked on what tomorrow must look like for us to remain a school district of high-quality teaching and learning. All of our community voices are an integral part to this long range planning initiative. Therefore, over the next six weeks you will see numerous meetings and opportunities for your opinion to be collected by the planning committee.

I hope that every community member is willing to share their thoughts on this very important issue as we move forward within this school year.

Respectfully,
Dr. Joseph V. Erardi, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools

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S10 October 02, 2012 at 10:33 AM
Do you mean computers and electronic devices which are but a very small part of technology? Technology is the entire man made environment (buildings, roads, clothing, processed food, printed literature, furniture, appliances, tools, lighting, etc.). In other words, all that is not natural (plants, animals, weather, oceans, clouds, dirt, sand, fungi, etc.) is technology. Often today school districts and other organizations erroneously call their computer systems "technology" as though the two terms are synonymous which they are not. Computer Systems are a part of what has come to be known as 'information technology'. I offer this as clarification because it is annoying to keep seeing the term misused especially when the students are being taught that technology consists of "all things manmade" as the standard definition in their classroom curriculum as per the CT DOE. I even hear children commenting on the term's misuse when they read these articles. Thank you.
kenneth j October 03, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Easy, Joe, just spend the money on teachers and books, trash all the jazzy hi-tech stuff and have a balanced approach to spending, one that doesn't include the constant feeding of sports and kissing up to that special interest group to the shortchanging of educational resources and talent development of non-sports-oriented students.
kenneth j October 03, 2012 at 10:47 AM
Well then, S10, Joe just needs to insert into his commentary more phrases like "... are willing to facilitate and to synthesize both the qualitative and quantitative data collection on the issue," so they question things less.

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