Monday, October 28, 2013

Invitation to the Omnibus Technology Advisory Committee (OTAC) Kickoff Meeting

Invitation to the Omnibus Technology Advisory Committee (OTAC) Kickoff Meeting

The Boxford School Committee has established an Omnibus Technology Advisory Committee to assist in establishing the future direction for Digital Learning in our schools. Parents/guardians, teachers, staff and members of the community are welcome to become involved with this effort. The first meeting has been scheduled for:

Cole School Meeting room
Tuesday, November 5
3:00pm - 4:30pm

Please prepare for the meeting by thinking about, or even bringing answers with you to, the following focus question:

What issues do you see going forward with digital learning in our schools? Please be specific.

This kickoff meeting will be a working session to gather a comprehensive set of data not only from committee members, but also from the Boxford learning community, so the more input we have from people like you, the better. 

If you cannot attend but would like to identify issues for the committee, please make a bulleted list in response to the focus question and send it to Please list each issue as a single bullet that would fit handwritten on a post-it note without any further explanation. All of the issues that you list will be transcribed onto post-it notes, and will remain anonymous.

Best regards,
David Rivers, OTAC Organizer, Boxford Elementary School Committee

More information about the OTAC:



The Omnibus Technology Advisory Committee is being established for the purpose of studying and developing a Technology Strategy and Plan for the Boxford Elementary School District, and making recommendations to the Boxford School Committee for consideration and implementation.

Technology is a shifting landscape. We need our district to be flexible and responsive to technology so that we can make the best use of the tools available for our students.

Deliverables for 2013-2014 School Year

The OTAC members will formulate the specific agenda for research, development and implementation, but they should focus on the following goals for the 2013-2014 school year.

 - Assess and evaluate the district’s current technology status. Create a prioritized list of short term recommendations to the School Committee for the 2014-2015 school budget (by December, 2013)

- Prepare a 2-year Technology Plan and a 5-year Strategic Technology Plan. The 5-year Strategic Technology Plan will contain long-range goals that will serve as guides for the 2-year Technology Plan, which will be more tactical (by May, 2014).

- Recommend the Technology Assessment standards (based on the state technology standards) to be used in the 2014-2015 school year (by June, 2014).

- Recommend Technology Professional Development opportunities for staff members (both formal and informal training).

Operational Guidelines

As an Advisory committee to the School Committee, the OTAC will provide recommendations to the BSC that are based on fact and research.

The OTAC will be chaired by the Technology Liaison of the Boxford School Committee.

The OTAC will prepare reviews and reports, for the Boxford School Committee in November and March of each year and progress reports at appropriate intervals.

The Boxford School Committee will have the final authority on the OTAC's recommendations for implementation.


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