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Everitt Principal Named to Digital Instructional Materials Committee

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Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart today announced the creation of a new group that will plan Florida's transition to digital instructional materials. House Bill 5101 established the Digital Instructional Materials Work Group during the 2012 Legislative Session to ensure that our state's school districts are ready for the digital instructional material requirements that begin in 2015.

"As technology continues to advance, it is essential that our schools are ready to integrate digital instructional materials into the curriculum," said Public Schools Deputy Chancellor Mary Jane Tappen. "This is an important priority for our state and the taskforce will help guide the transition so educators and students are prepared to master subject area content in new ways."

The taskforce includes nine members and will focus on developing an implementation plan that specifies options for providing access for students; providing content by subject area; providing training and professional development for teachers; and identifying funding sources, including the reprioritization of existing resources and recommendations for new funding. The first meeting will be in Orlando on Sept. 25, 2012.

The members of the Digital Instructional Materials Work Group are listed below.

Name

Representing

Affiliation

County

Shirley Baker

Middle School Principal

Everitt Middle School

Bay

Joe Binswanger

School District Instructional Content

Sarasota County School District

Sarasota

Steven Birnholz

Business

Florida Council of 100

Hillsborough

Connie Collins

High School Principal

Crooms Academy of Information Technology

Seminole

Tom Dana

Postsecondary Education

University of Florida

Alachua

Sharyn Gabriel

Middle School Principal

Ocoee Middle School

Orange

Kim Kendall

Parent

Parent

St. Johns

Katrina Rolle

Parent

Parent

Leon

Gary Weidenhamer

School District Instructional Technology

Palm Beach County School District

Palm Beach