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New Hampshire Statewide Educational Technology Council

Contact: Cathy Higgins


The Technology Council was originally formed in 1997 for the purpose of developing a state educational technology plan that would "help others understand and contribute to the vision of effective technology integration within all segments of NH's educational system. The plan is intended to serve as a guide for developing policy, pursuing funding opportunities, desgining infrastructure, enlisting private sector support, and evaluating progress toward the vision of effective technology integration."

The Role of the Council

The Council is an advisory group to the NH Department of Education regarding implementation of the State Educational Technology Plan. This assistance to the Department's Office of Educational Technology includes feedback from the various stakeholder groups through their corresponding Council member regarding the following topics:

  • developing policy guidelines to foster effective statewide technology integration
  • pursuing funding opportunities
  • designing infrastructure
  • identifying and disseminating information and resources
  • enlisting private sector support
  • evaluating progress toward the vision of effective technology integration

Council Members

As representatives of stakeholder groups, the Technology Council members are "the initiators of a process for articulating a vision of effective technology integration within the state's education system at all levels.  This planning process was designed to build that vision together, and thus create a foundation for collaborating to pursue, refine, and expand the vision over time."

Forming the New Tech Council

With the initial funding to Berlin, Keene, Manchester, and Exeter in the spring of 2003 for four Local Education Support Centers (North Country, Southwest, South Central, and Southeast), a major goal of the current state plan was accomplished. This step, with the Centers as the focal point of the plan, marked the beginning of a new structure for the Council. As of August 2003, the new Council included members recommended from each of the Centers who join NHDOE staff plus a few members-at-large.

Member Responsibilities:

  • Actively participate in quarterly Council meetings.
  • Actively participate in subgroup meetings.
  • Review pre-meeting materials prior to each meeting.
  • Discuss issues presented in pre-meeting materials with members' stakeholder groups.
  • Prepare summaries of stakeholder feedback prior to each meeting.
  • Present summary feedback to Council.
  • Maintain ongoing communication with stakeholders and the Department.

Member Selection Criteria:

  • Two proposed members must be identified by their respective Centers.
  • One Center staff must also represent each Center on the Council.
  • The Department will coordinate final selection of members to ensure effective representation for all stakeholders and all regions.
  • Each Center will ensure the periodic rotation of their stakeholder representatives on the State Educational Technology Council.
  • Members must commit to carrying out the responsibilities listed above.
Last revised: December 30, 2003

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