Wednesday, April 18, 2012

What’s Right in the School District of Janesville

What’s Right in the School District of Janesville (SDJ) is a forum to recognize outstanding performances and achievements by SDJ employees, students and schools.

Deb Mundth, AV Technician for the School District of Janesville

E-Mail from Shelley Gard, Innovation Specialist, Wilson/Lincoln Elementary to Bob Smiley, CIO

Dr. Smiley,

“I just wanted to share some food for thought from the user end of our world. Deb Mundth, as you're well aware, is such a key player in helping us make sure that the AV end of the instructional technology is working well in classrooms. As we make this exciting transition to more and more of our teaching practice relying on higher end technology equipment, I've seen just how critical it is that she's been able to drop everything and come change a SMART Board bulb, talk me through SMART and other AV/IT troubleshooting on the phone, advise me as I work to figure out the best way to implement management practices for new equipment, make recommendations as I consider purchases, etc.

Gone are the days when we could simply swap an old school overhead projector or even a new school LCD projector for that matter. True, teachers should always have a 'plan B' in case things go wrong and it's not possible to help them right away. Still, our world of education is so rapidly increasing its reliance on technology. I see that as a great thing! Being that it's my role to help encourage this increased use, I have a whole different level of appreciation for Deb's knowledge and services.”

Thank you,
Shelley Gard

Student Leadership Council (SLC) (Parker High School)

The following was shared by Kristin Hampton, Spanish Teacher and Kathy Kislia, Language Arts Teacher

“Nineteen SLC students attended the Ignite Leadership Conference at UW Madison. At the conference, they met with students from various schools in Wisconsin. As advisor, I had the opportunity to sit in on some of their groups and hear our Parker students share how great their teachers are, how their teachers work hard to help them succeed, and they were even giving a brief lesson on Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) and the Viking Values! Our students see staff working and said they feel safer at school because of our expectations! They take pride in their school! It was so encouraging to hear them share with the other schools.”

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