Opening Meeting 2022-23: Members Welcome, Kajeet!

The 2022- 2023 SVRTC opening meeting was held at Longwood University on Wednesday, September 21. There were 35 attendees, both virtual and in person, representing 19 of our SVRTC school divisions: Amelia, Appomattox, Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Danville, Dinwiddie, Franklin City, Greensville, Henry, Lunenburg, Martinsville, Mecklenbuerg, Nottoway, Petersburg, Prince Edward, Southhampton.

After opening the meeting, Dr. Paula Leach, Director of the Institute for Teaching through Innovative Practices (ITTIP) of Longwood University, gave an overview of grants and projects. Dr. Leach also asked members about interest in partnership for the new Advancing Computer Science Education grant opportunity.

For the professional development portion of the meeting, SVRTC members welcomed Kajeet with a familiar face – Krystle Pearson, former SVRTC member. Together with Kajeet representatives Colette Johnson and Tina Craun, they presented how their product offer solutions for connectivity issues and devices such as SMART buses to school districts. Their mission is to level the playing field for students in the digital age and help teachers provide online and remote learning. Current clients of Kajeet and members of SVRTC stated how helpful Kajeet solutions are for low signal areas, as well as a way to control student internet usage as a teacher and general connectivity throughout rural counties.

The meeting ended with a nomination of co-chair for SVRTC. Cori Sowers, Danville City Public Schools, accepted the nomination and committed to assuming the role of SVRTC co-chair.

Closing SVRTC Meeting for 2021-22 School Year

The April 20, 2022 SVRTC meeting had 14 members in attendance from the following SVRTC divisions: Amelia, Brunswick, Charlotte, Colonial Heights, Cumberland, Dinwiddie, Franklin City, Greensville, Martinsville, Petersburg, and Prince Edward.

Seven people in a video call.

The committee members discussed the increase of cyber attacks school divisions are experiencing. Many spoke about their divisions transitioning to a two-factor authorization. Other members spoke about their disaster recovery plan development and focus on user awareness. SVRTC Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Jamerson, reviewed the SVRTC Strategic Plan and discussed the goals. Members were also encouraged to join the SVRTC sub-committees to support these goals.

Longwood ITTIP plans to host the first SVRTC meeting for the 2022- 2023 school year on campus, Wednesday, September 21, 2022.

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