St. Vrain Valley's 1:1 tech plan recognized by White House

St. Vrain Valley's one-to-one technology initiative, with the district giving iPads to all middle and high school students, is garnering national attention.

St. Vrain Superintendent Don Haddad was selected by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the country's 100 top school leaders and invited to participate in the inaugural "National Connected Superintendents Summit" on Wednesday at the White House.

The superintendents are being recognized for their leadership in helping transition their districts to digital learning. The goal of the summit is for district leaders to share promising approaches to using technology in classes.

Haddad said he plans to share details of how St. Vrain Valley's technology team is handling the iPad distributions, which required plans for everything from parent education to replacement schedules. He's also looking for ideas St. Vrain can use from other districts.

Leading St. Vrain's efforts is Joe McBreen, the district's chief technology officer. He said the district took a balanced approach, including providing professional development for teachers and educating parents and the community about the technology plan.

He said the goal is to get the best technology into the hands of students and reduce the growing digital divide between students who have access to technology at home and those who don't