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Visioning Education – Visioning Partnership

Educational leaders know that when they envision learning environments infused with new and innovative practices and technology, that they should seek support from the community. Parents and businesses are often very happy to join you in making a difference for children when they know about educational initiatives. Their generosity and partnership empowers educators and benefits children.

Netbooks for School Nurses

Our Superintendent for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia schools, Mary Rochford, envisioned a way to support the health of our students through technology. Once this was shared with Verizon, a proponent of technology in education, they were happy to support it.  As a result, 35 Philadelphia school nurses will now have netbooks to use in their work.  They will use Health E-tools software and netbooks to support student health. At the Netbooks for School Nurses award presentation, Verizon Pennsylvania president, Gale Givens shared Verizon’s support of education, health and technology. “We’re investing in programs that touch people’s lives by focusing on health and family safety in the 21st century.” Thumbs Up, Verizon!


Verizon also supports education through Thinkfinity, a K-12 online resource full of FREE lesson plans and classroom ideas. Partnering with organizations such as  Read Write Think, Edsitement, Smithsonian, Illuminations and more, they offer a wide array of educational resources for teachers of every subject and every grade. Thumbs Up, Verizon! Thumbs Up also to teachers who take advantage of the many excellent teaching resources found online!

Grant Tips

Educational leaders should forge partnerships and advocate for support of school goals.  This is also noted in ISTE’s Nets-A standards for Visionary Leadership.  One way is in seeking grants.  What are your best resources? What steps do you take to forge partnerships?

See these links for tips on gathering community and business support for learning. For all of your in support of children, technology and learning… Thumbs Up!

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