Features January 2017

Jacques Monica – Central Square School District

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When Jacques Monica left IBM to work in education in 1993, he understood what he was leaving behind. As a systems engineer, he had a stable future developing online catalogs and video content for businesses with the possibility of a six-figure salary. But Monica was looking for more. “I left IBM and a good paying […]

Emily Nichols – Colquitt County School District

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The Colquitt County school district of southern Georgia used to be like most other school districts in the U.S. The county technology department would react to state mandates by installing technology equipment.  Likewise, the county curriculum department would react to these requirements with new software. Mostly, these changes would be implemented without much input from […]

Curt Pederson – University of Portland

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Curt Pederson has made a career of turning troubled organizations around.  Now at the University of Portland, he’s gone from being berated with insults about the IT department on his first day to being hailed as a miracle worker. His solution is simpler than you might think. Pederson joined the University of Portland as CIO […]

Corona-Norco Unified School District

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When it comes to IT, Corona-Norco United School District (CNUSD) is a district of pilots. That’s not a reference to flying; it describes the small-scale, short-term projects that CNUSD experiments with before launching districtwide initiatives. In fall 2016, CNUSD completed its latest pilot program when it launched its MyCNUSD portal. Designed to create personalized user […]

Chris Diggs – Columbia Public Schools

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Not all school districts tweet things like, “Had a blast geeking on career paths and robots with the 5th graders!” But not all school districts have a STEAM Bus. When the Columbia Public Schools (CPS) coordinator of practical arts had the idea to load a bunch of high-tech educational equipment (think: 3D printers, robotics tools […]

Casey Gordon – College of St. Benedict – St. John’s University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University have separate presidents, separate boards of trustees and separate budgets. But they share the same IT department. This creates a lot of busy days for Director of IT, Casey Gordon, who says a major part of her job is providing students at each location with a […]

Adam Gerson – Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When Adam Gerson graduated from Ithaca College with a background in computer programming, he assumed he’d go to a tech start-up where he’d engineer groundbreaking software, get stock options and play ping-pong on his lunch breaks. It wasn’t an unreasonable expectation. Before he’d finished college, Gerson interned at a booming tech start-up that promised him […]

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