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Educators To Discuss Leadership In Technology

June 21, 2002-- Educators from around the state will address leadership in the classroom use of technology July 2-3 at the Sixth Annual Policy Institute at the University of Virginia.

The institute, titled "Tomorrow’s Schools Today: Leadership in Technology," features sessions and demonstrations dealing with policy initiatives and software applications, as well as the use of laptops and hand-held computers.

"Participants will hear about the most recent policy initiatives in technology and have a chance to discuss the political, financial and practical issues in the field with foremost state technology leaders," said Dr. Al Butler, instructor for the institute and executive director of the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. "This institute is for individuals who want to actively participate in the shaping of public education policy."

A highlight of the institute will be the July 3 session about the laptop initiative in Henrico County. Vicki Wilson, assistant superintendent of Henrico schools, and staff members will discuss the rationale of providing laptops to every high school student and the steps necessary to accomplish the largest laptop deployment of its kind in the United States.

Bruce Benson, director of technology for Albemarle County Public Schools, will lead a session later that day about the instructional and administrative applications of hand-held computing. The session will examine how hand-held devices might improve access to data and build skills in communicating, research, problem-solving and publications.

Topics on July 2 include "Technology and School Change," "The Leadership Perspective" and breakout sessions demonstrating data-driven decision-making tools.

The Policy Institute is tied to a three-credit course, "Contemporary Policy Issues and Leadership in Technology," taught by Butler, associate professor in the Curry School of Education.

All sessions, which are open to media, will be held at the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, Room 50. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 2, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on July 3.

Contacts: Lee Graves, (434) 924-6857 or Amber Winkler, (434) 924-6218

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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