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Technology Task Force to address digital divide and tech needs for schools


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  • Morgan Dick   |   Arizona Department of Education

Superintendent Of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman Has Proclaimed The Month Of September As Suicide Prevention Month In Arizona Schools. Photo By Lisa Irish/AZEdNews

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced Thursday the formation of the Arizona Department of Education Technology Task Force – a group of partners from across the state who are committed to addressing a variety of technology needs our schools and students have.

The group will work to find innovative solutions to address the extreme digital divide across Arizona, that has been exacerbated due to the need for distance learning. The group will explore opportunities to strengthen public and private partnerships. Additionally, the group will work to support Education Technology and Computer Science Standards across the state.

“Access to technology and broadband internet is an issue of educational equity,” said Superintendent Hoffman. “These challenges existed prior to COVID-19, but the pandemic exposed the critical need to connect hundreds of thousands of students and their families to technology. I look forward to working with the leaders on our task force as we find ways to bridge the digital divide in Arizona.”

Arizona Department of Education Technology Task Force:

Shawnae HolguinLead of IT Team, Baboquivari Unified School District
Mary KnightDirector of Technology, Flagstaff Unified School District
Brian NelsonASU, Mary Lou Fulton College
Jon CastelhanoExecutive Director of Technology, Gilbert Public Schools
Alex LopezDirector of Technology, Nogales Unified School District
Stephanie ParraAll In Education
Tracey BealSchool Connect
Rachael ParksDirector of Technology, Leona Group
Gail KnightBalsz School District Governing Board
Stan GoligoskiYavapai County Education Service Agency
Amber AkapnitisAZ School for the Deaf and Blind
Mark BreenDirector of Technology, Vail School District
Renee E. LevinIntel
Jeremy BabendureAZ SciTech
RJ MullerCox Communications
Janice PalmerHelios Education Foundation
Ilana LowryCommon Sense Media
Matt PittinskyParchment.com
Jaime CasapGoogle
Daisy MurilloStudent Representative
Dr. Traci MorrisDirector of the American Indian Policy Institute at ASU
Tom OsmunDell Technologies
Kari LipmanInsight
John KellyTriadvocates
Matthew ClarkVerizon
Betsy HargroveSuperintendent, Avondale Unified School District
Robert KoerperichSuperintendent, Holbrook Unified School District
Janice MakBoard Member, AZ State Board of Education
Chad GestsonSuperintendent, Phoenix Union High School District
Glenn WikeArizona Community Foundation
Jacqui ClayCochise County Superintendent
Michelle BurkeSoftware and App Design, Lake Havasu High School