Behind the White House Visit – Superintendents Summit

Behind the White House Visit

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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.

Superintendent Tiano Selected for National Connected Superintendents Summit Wednesday at White House



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Superintendent Tiano Selected for National Connected Superintendents Summit Wednesday at White House


Dr. Frank Tiano, Superintendent of the Chelmsford Public Schools, has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of 100 top school leaders from across America to participate in the first-ever National Connected Superintendents Summit Wednesday, Nov. 19 at the White House.

Superintendent Tiano is among exemplary local school chiefs who will be recognized for their leadership in helping transition their districts to digital learning.  This unique conference will bring together officials from throughout America to share with one other and the Education Department promising approaches to using technology in classes.

“School districts across the country are helping teachers harness the power of technology to create personal learning environments for all students,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.  “We want to make sure every child – whether he or she is in the inner-city, in a rural community or on a Native American reservation – has access to knowledge and the chance to learn 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

The White House summit will be followed by a series of 12-15 regional summits that will focus on the digital progress both made and possible by local school districts.  The events will also include the unveiling of digital tools that facilitate incorporation of technology into short-term and long-range education planning.

To help spotlight the value of technology in schools, the Education Department is sponsoring a Future Ready Initiative aimed at showcasing outstanding school leadership and strategies.