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a. Description of how a variety of stakeholders from within the school district and the community-at-large participated in the planning process.

Our District Educational Technology Planning Team was comprised of district, site and community representatives. This team will evolve into the District Educational Technology Advisory Committee (ETAC) to monitor and guide the implementation of the plan, and revise as needed. The ETAC will consist of district curriculum, business service, and technology staff, site administrators, site media specialists, site coaches, teachers, parents, students and the community (i.e. partners in higher education, community non-profit groups, government agencies, and local businesses).

The Planning Process
A planning team was convened to revise the 2002-2007 District Technology Plan. An outside consultant was hired to facilitate the process. The planning team members consisted of district, site and community representatives (see below for details). A wiki was used to draft the plan. The wiki allowed all stakeholders to have immediate access to the plan draft as it developed, as well as access to provide ongoing input and updates.

The planning team members met together during the late fall of 2006 to develop a vision for the plan and to answer guiding questions from the California Department of Education Technology Planning Guide which facilitated the plan’s development. The team members then met in planning subgroups with the outside consultant and the District Educational Technology Specialist to develop the plan’s goals and objectives. During the writing of the draft two community forums were held to present the draft of the plan and solicit additional input from stakeholders that were not on the planning team. All stakeholders were invited to give input through the wiki at anytime during the planning process. A drafted plan was then presented again to the whole planning team for input. A revised draft was written, presented to the team again for approval and submitted to Cabinet and the Governing Board for approval.

Stakeholders involved in the process:
· Developed the plan’s vision to support student learning in a 21st century contxt
· Constructed the goals and objectives required to support student learning and achievement in a 21st century context.
· Evaluated the draft technology plan and made adjustments as needed.
· Gathered and evaluated district technology data with regard to hardware, wiring, resources, professional development and projects.
· Collected and analyzed survey, technology, and student achievement data.
· Identified and referenced common technology needs and issues.

Stakeholder Groups

District Technology Planning Team (to be known as ETAC)
The District Technology Planning Team’s roles and responsibilities will evolve to include the oversight and implementation of the plan. The plan implementation progress will be monitored, reviewed and revised by a newly formed District Educational Technology Advisory Committee (ETAC). The design and implementation roles of members is outlined below.

District Curriculum Personnel
Senior Directors of Curriculum
Director of Standards, Assessment and Accountability
Director of State and Federal Programs
Director of English Language Learners
Coordinator of English Language Learners
Coordinator of Career and Technical Education
Coordinator of Professional Development
Coordinator of Special Education
Special Education Assistant Technology Specialist
K-5 and 6-12 Math Specialists
K-12 Science Specialist
Gifted and Talented Education Program Specialist
Educational Technology Specialist
Design & Implementation Roles: Provide the overall coordination and oversight of the technology planning process. Coordination will include the implementation of the goals and objectives set forth in this plan to the integrate technology to meet core curriculum goals, including the identification of funding resources. Oversight of the plan will include monitoring of implementation acitivites to enable adjustments to be made as needed to provide the learning environment to enable students to achieve 21st century skills.

District Technology Personnel
Director of Information Technology
Data Systems Manager
Network Manager (Tech IV)
Tech II
Design & Implementation Roles: Provide information and oversight to guide the infrastructure implementation plan and issues.

District Financial Personnel
Director Fiscal Services and staff
Design & Implementation Roles: Provide coordination and oversight of technology funds and budget issues.

Site Administration
Site Principals and Assistant Principals
Design & Implementation Roles: Provide site-based updates on tech plan implementation and needs; monitor teacher performance and student learning in technology-rich environments; make adjustments based on teacher and student performance to support the effective application of technology to meet the goals of the technology plan; ensure the effective use of digital resources, research-based best practices and instructional programs; provide input on how technology can better support the teaching of standards-aligned academic objectives.

Site Coaches/ Teachers/ Library Media Specialists
Design & Implementation Roles: Provide site-based updates on tech plan implementation and needs; provide site based training support; provide input on efforts, outcomes, and needs to support the implementation of the plan to meet district curricular goals.

Parents / Students
Design & Implementation Roles: Provide input on the district and schools’ efforts to integrate technology and 21st century skills in the standards-aligned curriculum.

Government Agencies
Representative from the California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP) Region 10
Design & Implementation Roles: Offer technical assistance with the data analyses and revision of our goals and objectives; professional development planning and implementation; funding opportunities and guidelines; compliance issues; hardware, software, and infrastructure planning.

Community Groups
City/ County Librarians/ Representatives froom the Coachella Valley Economic Partnership
Design & Implementation Roles: Offer assistance with the implementation of the tech plan objectives focused on improving technology equity, access, after school opportunities, and 21st skills.

Consultant, Educational Technology and Life Corporation
Design & Implementation Roles: Facilitate planning process and provide “fresh” expanded, perspectives to consider for implementation.

The Palm Springs Unified School District continues to seek out input, advice and assistance from our stakeholders to help meet the goals and objectives of this three year plan. The District will post the completed plan on its website once approved by the California Department of Education.