The event was designed to bring education leaders together to showcase how technology can increase student engagement, help students achieve in school and prepare students for future careers. Lees Summit district staff members presented the symposiums keynote focusing on high-level vision and districtwide strategies, as well as the technology devices and professional development supporting these goals. Keynote speakers were Superintendent David McGehee, Associate Superintendent Kevin Daniel, Executive Director of Technology Amy Gates and Director of Instructional Technology Kevin Whaley. Other administrators and educators from approximately 40 other school districts dicussed how to: increase student engagement, including where technology can and cant help; provide for differientiated, anytime/anywhere learning; understand best practices for implementing technology initiatives from both the curriculum and technology perspectives; implement a successful device pilot program, including device selection, professional development and other criteria. During the summer, the district is adding 3,000 Google Chromebooks to its schools, bringing a district-wide total of 7,000 Google devices. Teachers use the Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education for instruction and collaborate with their co-workers, plus share teaching strategies and lesson plans.
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Sheriff Bob Gualtieri will serve as Chair of the Florida Sheriffs Taskforce, which pools resources from the 67 Sheriffs Offices to address specific areas of concern, such as cyber sexual predators, outstanding felony warrants and underage alcohol, tobacco and drug use. Sheriff Bob Gualtieri (Pinellas) will serve as legislative chair and lead the associations public safety and legislative issues. The new chairman of the board is Sheriff Mike Adkinson (Walton), who will also serve as training and education chair. Sheriff Shoar was selected as president because of his extensive experience in various roles within law enforcement and service to FSA as chair and treasurer, said FSA Executive Director Steve Casey. He brings nearly 40 years of law enforcement and military experience, a highly successful tenure as a leader, as well as many honors and awards. Sheriff David Shoar joined the St. Johns County Sheriffs Office in 2004 when he was overwhelmingly elected as St. Johns County Sheriff and has subsequently been re-elected in 2008 and 2012.
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ET. In an attempt to weigh in on an immigration issue before Congress leaves Washington for a five-week break, the House has voted 223-189 to approve a $694 million emergency funding bill. The Republican-backed legislation is a response to the rising number of minors who have crossed the U.S. border unaccompanied and without going through the necessary legal steps. The Border Security Supplemental Spending Bill was endorsed one day after the House Republican leadership canceled its plan to hold a vote on the legislation. The bill is not expected to have a chance of passage in the Senate, which didn’t approve a different version of similar legislation before it left for an end-of-summer break. As we reported Thursday , the bill would boost “funding for overwhelmed border agencies, add immigration judges and detention space, send National Guard troops to the border, and change the law so that the youths can be sent home quickly without deportation hearings that are now guaranteed, according to The Associated Press.” Also on Friday, the House voted 216-192 to end the president’s deportation relief program. The Deferred Action for Child Arrivals program gives officials discretion to defer the deportation of people who entered the U.S.
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