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Letter: Plainfield District 202

To the Editor:

The start of a new school year is always an exciting time. Although I am starting my 33rd year in education, I never get tired of all the "new."

The 2018 to 2019 school year will focus on a significant new initiative — our continuing work to increase technology in the classroom and the use of technology in our teaching.

Because of our size and the recent economy, District 202 has struggled for several years to figure out the most educationally-efficient and cost-effective way to bolster technology in the classroom.

Last year we started a three-year "Digital Learning Initiative" that will increase hardware, provide appropriate band width, improve professional development and effectively implement technology into our teaching and learning.

A group of 12 "Technology Trailblazers" at the elementary, middle and high school levels worked to design and test technology-based curriculum; test hardware usage in the classrooms; identify and troubleshoot logistical and educational issues; and guide and support teachers trying out new technology-centered learning plans.

We will add 12 more Technology Trailblazers to the team this year and another 12 next year. We are purposely, strategically and proactively looking for and addressing as many challenges as possible.

I understand this approach will take a little longer than some would prefer (including some of our own staff). Yet it is vitally important, given the magnitude of the investment and the importance of our students' learning, that we do this right the first time.

It has taken us a while to get to this point because of the unique challenges created by our size. However, I am very proud and excited about the work being done to help all our students learn, grow and succeed. Together, we will continue to prepare learners for the future

Have a great 2018 to 2019 school year.

Lane Abrell

Superintendent of Schools

Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202

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