Behind the White House Visit – Superintendents Summit

Behind the White House Visit

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Learn about the CPS Technology Behind the Superintendents Summit
ConnectEd Questions and Technology and Information Services Answers

Based on the ConnectEd Initiative from President Obama

How Does Your District Implement Digital Learning? What are some of your most promising practices and what could other districts learn from you?

Led by Superintendent Dr. Frank Tiano, the Chelmsford Public Schools provides a full range of technology instruction from preschool through grade twelve fostering a culture of collaboration and digital citizenship. According to Executive Director of Technology and Information; “technology supports our mission to cultivate inspired, creative, and well-rounded lifelong learners who possess the integrity and self-direction necessary to be contributing community members”.

ipads Preschool Technology – In the preschool program, Marie Tada, Technology Integration Specialist teaches classes of three and four year olds, providing students with technology instruction on state-of-the-art iPads with a selection of age-appropriate apps. Children in the preschool program enjoy a 30 minutes class each week in Technology.

Computer Programming is an important component from elementary through high school.  Instruction in the Logo computer programming language starts in elementary school. The four elementary computer teachers (Ms. Dillman, Ms. Buckley, Ms. Warren and Ms. Lamson) enhance computer programming with Bee Bots and Pro Bots are used in grades 3 and 4 for 3D hands-on programming and robotics opportunities. Scratch, an object-oriented program starts in elementary and continues in a more advanced use in the middle schools. Devi Venugopal and Marie Tada, McCarthy and Parker Technology Integration Specialists (respectively) continue instruction with Lego Mindstorms in the Middle Schools.


Chelmsford has registered to be a school system for the 15-16 school year, and will participate in online programming activities throughout the 14-15 school year. Technology Integration Specialist, Eileen Young and Dr. Marilyn Sweeney, Department Coordinator for Technology, Technology Engineering and Business attended professional development for in the fall of 2014.

Students also receive continual instruction in Internet safety and cyber bullying prevention, in grades K-6. We use the NetSmartz curriculum, as well as resources from NetSafe Kids.

Keyboarding has taken a front seat in the last two years due to the need for students to take a variety of online assessments.  Assuring our students have mastery of the keyboard allows them to concentrate on the assessment content, and not the input process.

Students at all levels receive instruction in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and email and instruction is embedded in lessons using the classroom curriculum.  Students learn to create and integrate charts, graphs, and images in reports and presentations.

Students in all levels learn effective Internet search practices for accessing information needed in their classroom projects along with ethical use of materials found on the Internet. Technology classes positively impact student achievement and are major contributors to student learning by encouraging inquiry-based learning and promoting the acquisition of information literacy skills.

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White Mountains Regional School District Visits Project Lead the Way at the Parker Middle School

White Mountains Regional School District Visits the Parker Middle School

Superintendent Dr. Harry Fensom and teachers from the White Mountains Regional School District in Whitefield, New Hampshire visited the Parker Middle School on Thursday, November 13 to observe the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Program.

“We are happy to have visitors to see how well the program is going.” said Dr. Jeff Parks, Principal of the Parker Middle School. “We’re very proud that our students are learning engineering, robotics, and computer modeling”.

The purpose of the White Mountain’s visit was to observe a Project Lead The Way program in action. White Mountains Regional is exploring the offering a Project Lead the Way Middle School Program. The Parker and the McCarthy Middle Schools are offering PLTW’s Gateway To Technology program which engages the natural curiosity and imagination of middle school students, while introducing them to engineering, robotics and computer modeling. The Design and Modeling course is offered to all 7th grades, while 8th graders take Robotics and Automation.  Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is the leading provider of rigorous and innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education curricular programs used in schools. PLTW exists to prepare students for the global economy through its world-class curriculum and an engaged network of educators, students. The hands-on, project-based program engages students on multiple levels, exposes them to areas of study that they typically do not pursue, and provides them with a foundation and proven path to college and career success. More than 4,700 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia are currently offering PLTW courses to their students.

According to Dr. Marilyn Sweeney, the department coordinator of Technology Business and Technology Engineering, “Often, we have visitors to the PLTW program. Last school year, the Wakefield Public Schools visited us. We are proud to show off the hard work and commitment for technology engineering here in Chelmsford.”

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The 3M Foundation awarded a grant totaling $5,000 to the Chelmsford Public Schools.

The 3M Foundation awarded a grant totaling $5,000 to the Chelmsford Public Schools.

Chelmsford, Massachusetts — The 3M Foundation awarded a grant totaling $5,000 to the Chelmsford Public Schools. The grant, which is offered to public schools provides funds to purchase materials to bring classroom projects to life.
During a visit on November 10, Kim K. Clark-Ferris a representative from the 3M Foundation visited the McCarthy Middle School to present them with a check for a grant in the amount of $5,000. The grant was awarded to the Chelmsford Public Schools based on an application requesting funding assistance to purchase a new 3D printer. The grant application was spearheaded by Technology and Information Services with the support and guidance of Dr. Marilyn Sweeney and Anne-Marie Fiore. The technology-engineering department includes Mr. Arthur Tunnessen (McCarthy) and Mr. Kevin McFarland (Parker).
Grant recipients were selected based on an application process that asked teachers to address how Project Lead the Ways sparks student interest and drive achievement by building connections to the world beyond the classroom. The grant program is just one component of 3M’s charitable giving to educational causes. As a company built on a culture of innovation, 3M has a keen awareness of the importance of fostering the next generation of innovators, and works to help create future scientists by supporting students and educators in STEM fields.