Wednesday, January 13, 2010

A Staff Mashup

I can't begin to tell you how excited I was when I heard about this event!

Fueled by the passion to inspire technology in her staff, Centre USD 397 school district superintendent, Jerri Kemble was excited about the idea of a Mashup on Martin Luther King Day for her staff.

Add to that TEEN Network's Brandi Hendrix technology connections and you have the schedule of a technology training day set for teachers in Centre, Peabody, Hillsboro, Marion, and Herington on Monday, January 18.

The day will include break out sessions from presenters such as Judy Beam from USD 361 Anthony - Harper, Glenn Wiebe, from ESSDACK, and Dyane Smokorowski from USD 385 Andover. A SKYPE presentation from Marco Torres will also be a feature, you can check out his website at

The districts will pay a fee for their entire staff to attend the day long event held at Marion High School, the fun beings at 8:30 am. Lunch will be provided, it will be cooked and served by the five superintendents of the districts in attendance.

It takes great people to put together an inservice that will benefit their educators in the technology area and also the collaboration area. The feedback from other educators that day might be just as important to their district as the presentations.

Great educators are lead by great administrators. Their continued enthusiasm to inspire and instruct their teachers everyday takes a load of persistence that has to be adjusted when daily challenges arrive. Thanks to their aggressive thinking the future is bright for our students.


  1. This is so exciting! Thanks for finding and sharing things like this!Centre USD 397 and the inspiring tech ed leaders over there are truly inspiring to me and through your spotlight here.

  2. Wow! This sounds like it will be a great day for the teachers and for their students in turn. It is great that they are collaborating across district lines especially during these difficult economic times.