Hi All -
Several items of which you should be aware:
1. The "Local Technology Plan Template and Instructions" document is now available in several formats at:
As you may recall, new local plans will be required in order for supervisory unions in Vermont to receive Title IID funding (under certain conditions) or for schools to receive E-Rate supplements. These new local plans must be submitted to the Department of Education by 12/20/04 if E-Rate is being pursued or by 12/31/04 for all others. NOTE: A significant change to the local planning process allows one plan to be submitted by a supervisory union (or District) on behalf of all schools in the SU provided:
A. Unifying SU/District goals apply to all schools.
B. Specific school-level actions are included, and all schools are substantially and individually addressed.
C. The SU/District plan does not inhibit the ability of an individual school to integrate its portion of the technology plan with the school's Action Plan.
You will see that the format and requirements in the new local planning process are clearly based upon, and closely associated with, the "Transitional Plan" process from two years ago.
We are hoping to offer a statewide technology planning session in Rutland during early September.
2. The Information Technology Grade Cluster Expectations (GCEs) have been published and are also available at this time:
Work will continue on the GCE's with the development and alignment of performance assessment tasks (recommendations only, NOT requirements), and a series of rollout meetings in late September, 2004.
Please bookmark the DOE's Educational Technology page as this is where all future updates will be posted:
Please feel free to contact me with questions/clarifications regarding this information.
Educational Technology Coordinator
Vermont Department of Education
120 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501
(802) 828-0064 (V)
(802) 828-3140 (F)
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