Meeting on endorsements
Hi all -
I asked DOE representatives Manuela Fonseca and Anne Bordonarro (who ably managed the session last night) to give us their personal view of the session (rather than have one person's interpretation), so I forwarded Dennis's previous message (see below). Here is their response: 

Thanks for sharing this with us and giving us the opportunity to comment.

I think that we do need to revisit the endorsement; however, it is to premature to state that we will definitively change it and how.  We still have another Public Comment session tomorrow to take comments.  We also are receiving many written comments on the endorsements.  All of this feedback needs to be collected and analyzed before we can make a recommendation to the Vermont Standards Board.

We did learn a great deal from last night's public comment session and we need to address these comments.

Manuela & Anne "

This should, in NO way, diminish the enthusiasm that Dennis and many of us came away from the meeting with! The discussion was helpful and positive, and will hopefully lead to a  better environment for educational technology in Vermont.

PS - There are two more opportunities for public comment:

    Thursday, 1/16, 4:30-6:30PM at the Sprigfield Tech Center (Rm. E303)

    Wednesday, 1/22, 2:30-4:30PM over ILN

Bill Romond

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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From: School Information Technology Discussion [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of Dennis Beloin
Sent: Wednesday, January 15, 2003 7:10 AM
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Subject: Meeting on endorsements


The endorsement hearings last night went very well.  The DOE went on record stating that the Educational Technology Coord. endorsement would need to be changed from what they are hearing from public review.  They really did understand that the technical part of the endorsement should not be in it.  They will hopefully be chaning the title of the endorsement to Educational Technology Integration Coord.  This would mean that only educators holding classes with kids would would have to get this endorsement or could get this endorsement.

Everyone was in favor of the educational technology educators endorsement.

I did take something out of this meeting and that is that Tech leaders / Techy / Systems people accros Vermont need to start meeting and working together.  I think together we hold the key to making technology work and integrate better in schools.  I put an invitation out there that we start meeting on the ILN.

Dennis Beloin
Director of Technology for U32 and WCSU