I hope you had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July.  I was reminded on this holiday that it has been 241 years since the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  How things have changed – especially with technology!  Over the holiday, I was able to spend some time reading and am close to finishing up a book entitled “Thank you for Being Late” by Thomas Friedman.   It is fascinating to read about the “dizzying” acceleration of technology and the importance of connecting, collaborating, and creating.   You can learn more about the book at http://www.thomaslfriedman.com/thank-you-for-being-late/

I would like to mention we have a new employee joining NEOnet.  Please join us in welcoming Joe Prekop.  Joe comes to us from the City of Akron where he had 17 years supporting their network.   He will be responsible for supporting the network and hardware infrastructure as well as assisting in the growth of the Cisco Academy.    

Did You Know

Moore’s Law is a computing term which originated around 1970; the simplified version of this law states that processor speeds, or overall processing power for computers will double every two years.  You can learn more about Moore’s Law at http://www.mooreslaw.org/.

Fiscal Redesign Oversight Committee (FROC)

On May 24, 2017 the FROC committee met and made the following recommendations to the Ohio Department of Education as summarized by Geoff Andrews, CEO MCOECN;

  • It is a fundamental requirement of the project to maintain the current project management in place, for reasons of oversight, leadership, communication and independent perspective.

  • The fiscal redesign project should continue with the pilot in four districts this fall and move to implementation with up to a dozen districts with four ITCs in January of 2018, as recommended by the Project Manager.

  • The User Acceptance Testing Team be retained

  • The testing and development by the SSDT for compatibility with the list of ITC-identified programs and reports continue

  • The requirements planning and development of the Accounts Receivable, Workflow, and Inventory modules continue. 

  • The FROC acknowledges that the project would benefit from additional funding.  Subsequent to the outcome of the biennium budget process, and anticipating decreased funding for the project, the FROC proposes that all users of the Classic or Redesign software be assessed an annual fee to assure adequate project funding for FY18.  Beginning in August of 2017, the FROC will analyze the Redesign project funding needs and, collaboratively with ODE, recommend a user fee funding stream for all schools and entities using USAS/USPS Classic or Redesign software.  The intent of this analysis and future recommendation is to assure a fully funded project through the creation of a long-term program budget and funding plan.

Below is the overall implementation schedule through 2018;

Wall Art – Inspirational Quotes

If you have attended a professional development session at NEOnet you probably noticed the quotes in each of the classrooms.   We asked the Superintendents, the owners of NEOnet, to provide us with inspirational quotes.   I want to thank all of the Superintendents who participated and below are the quotes, room location, and Superintendent who provided the quote.  

Christina Dinklocker, Mogadore – Room A

“Coming together is a beginning. 

Keeping together is progress.

Working together is success.” -Henry Ford

George Joseph, Kent – Room B

"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." -Theodore Roosevelt

Rusty Chaboudy, Coventry – Room C

"Nothing will work unless you do." -Maya Angelou

Joe Iacano, Summit County ESC – Room D

"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant." -Robert Louis Stevenson

Tom Bratten, Stow Munroe Falls – Room E

"The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn...and change." -Carl Rogers

Jim Robinson, Manchester – Room F

" The man on top of the mountain did not fall there—work hard."- Vince Lombardi          

Wally Davis, Woodridge – Room G

“Education is the passport to the future … for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” -Malcolm X

Daryl Kubilus, Cloverleaf – PC Lab

 “Change is inevitable, progress is optional.”  John Maxwell

Assembly Meetings

Please mark your schedules for the next Assembly meeting which is scheduled for November 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.  The meeting will be held at the NEOnet offices.  As the owners of NEOnet, your participation at this important meeting is vital to the success of the organization.  Please plan to attend.

District Visits

My assistant, Lillian Johnson, will be contacting the Superintendent’s secretaries to schedule my annual district visit.   Traditionally the Superintendent, Treasure, and Technology Director participate in these meetings.  The meetings usually last about an hour.  The objective of the meeting is to gather feedback on how to improve the Council and provide an update on our strategic plan.  The goal it to complete the districts visits by October 1, 2017.   Thank you in advance for your participation and I look forward to meeting with you.  

Recommended Articles

Tips on Giving an Effective Pep Talk

“The Science of Pep Talks” by Daniel McGinn in Harvard Business Review, July/August 2017 (Vol. 95, #4, p. 133-137), https://hbr.org/2017/07/the-science-of-pep-talks

Promising Practices for Education Technology

Here are five tips that provide a good starting point for anyone who wants to implement new digital tools or evaluate those tools already being used.

“Promising Practices for Education Technology” by Molly Zielezinski in American Educator, Summer 2017 (Vol. 41, #2, p. 38-39, 43), https://www.aft.org/ae/summer2017/zielezinski



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