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Poway school district honored for using technology for learning

The Poway Unified School District is one of three districts being recognized by the National School Boards Association's Technology Leadership Network for the effective and innovative use of technology to support student achievement. The district was showcased in a video presentation - along with Barren County School District in Glasgow, Ky., and Milford Public Schools in Milford, Conn. -- at last year's Annual Technology + Learning Conference in Atlanta.

"Technology provides a tremendous opportunity to strengthen our ability to lead our schools forward in providing enhanced learning opportunities and more effective and efficient school operations," said Poway Unified School District Superintendent Donald Phillips.

"Each of the districts showcased this year has made long-term commitments to using technology in a systemic way to have a positive impact on their teaching and learning environments," said Ann Flynn, director of education technology for NSBA. "They have used collaborative models in both curricular and administrative practices to improve student achievement."

Poway Unified School District officials regard the use of technology as a valuable tool to improve student learning. They believe that accessing information, building relationships and using technological resources are imperative for student success in the new century. District officials aim to expand teaching potential to include up-to-date information, collaborative learning worldwide and real-world opportunities.

Several examples of technology use include virtual classes offered by high schools, elementary school students working with a San Diego company to promote tourism, parents and students accessing their grades and class information online and videoconferencing with scientists and experts in their fields. The Poway technology staff meets with the community technology foundations for school sites to help them understand the educational and technological direction of the district and to seek community input.

The involvement and support of the Board of Education and the extended school community has resulted in Poway Unified School District becoming a leader in implementing technology to assist students in reaching their fullest potential.

"The community is our greatest partner," said Charlie Garten, Poway's executive director of education technology and information systems. "We could not have accomplished this major change in the learning environment of our students without the assistance of our community and business partners."

Each of the three districts is showcased at the NSBA Conference is given the opportunity to share its approaches during a special session at the conference. They are also presented a commemorative plaque and invited to send staff and board members to a luncheon in their honor at the conference.

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