Review of the Educational Technology Plan for Virginia: 2017-2022 – Request For Stakeholder Review and Comments

At the February 2017 Board of Education meeting, the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) will provide a report on the timeline for the development of the Educational Technology Plan for Virginia: 2017-2022.  It is anticipated that the plan will be completed by November 2017.

An important part of this development process is the solicitation of comments from teachers, instructional technology resource teachers, librarians, administrators, curriculum supervisors, professional organizations, businesses, and other members of the public. Please inform personnel in your school division, and other stakeholders, that they may review and comment on both the current 2015-2017 Addendum to the Educational Technology Plan for Virginia: 2010-2015 and the proposed outline for the Educational Technology Plan for Virginia: 2017-2022. Comments will be received through February 2017.

The VDOE is also seeking individuals who are qualified and available to participate in small focus group meetings in early March. All those interested in participating should complete the short Interest Form – Attachment A, by February 6, 2017. Please email the form to jean.weller@doe.virginia.gov or mail form to Jean Weller at the Department of Education, P.O. Box 2120, 22nd Floor, Richmond, VA  23218.  Focus group participants will be selected on the basis of interest and experience. Selected participants will be notified by February 15, 2017. Focus Group meetings will be held March 1-3, 2017 in Richmond, VA (participants will attend only one day of these meetings).

If you have questions about this process, please contact Jean Weller, Instructional Technology Specialist, Office of Technology and Virtual Learning, by email at jean.weller@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2825.

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VCU School Start Time Study

Caroline County Public Schools is working collaboratively with Virginia Commonwealth University to research and determine the potential impact of changing school start times upon students’ academic, social-emotional, and physical well-being. CCPS is interested in your opinion regarding school start times and is working with VCU researchers to conduct a survey focused on gaining input related to the pros and cons you and your family may experience should a change in school start times be considered in the future. Please know that at present, there has not been a decision to move forward with any changes to school start times.

The research team will share survey results with CCPS administration and School Board Members. If you choose to participate, all answers will remain anonymous. The survey should take no more than 15-minutes. By completing the survey, you acknowledge your consent to participate. The survey will be available from January 9 through January 20, 2017.

If you have any question regarding the research or survey, please contact the team’s research supervisor, Dr. Katherine Mansfield, at kcmansfield@vcu.edu. Should you have any questions regarding your rights as a research participant, please contact the Institutional Review Board office at Virginia Commonwealth University and refer to study #HM20009006.

Thank you in advance for taking a moment to provide the VCU research team with your feedback regarding school start times.

Parent Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCPSParent

Teacher Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CCPSTeacher

Information on Adolescent Sleep Link: Final Adolescent Sleep Information (PDF)