Office of Digital Teaching & Learning January Newsletter
- Thu, Jan 6 2022
The Office Of Digital Teaching and Learning (ODTL) is excited and honored to begin this new year and new chapter with you! We hope your holidays were safe, warm and provided all that you needed!
As we look to 2022 we thank you for your support and engagement. We are eager to serve LEAs as a helpful resource in digital teaching and learning across Arizona.
Our first task is complete! We administered the Opportunity Assessment electronically to LEAs across the state. This assessment, and this office, are the result of ADE's Technology Task Force. Open November 15 - December 15, 2021, more than 120 LEAs completed the Opportunity Assessment.
We're excited to share that EACH county in Arizona is represented in this assessment!
Opportunity Assessment: What's Next
Thanks to your participation and completion of this assessment, we are now analyzing the data from LEAs. This will lead us to creating solutions and resources for LEAs across the state.
What we’ve done: Administered the Opportunity Assessment. Every county in Arizona is represented in this assessment!
What we’re doing: Analysis. Our data analyst is working with an ASU team to carefully analyze and interpret the data. From there we can identify needs, gaps and successes.
Where we’re going: The data analysis will inform ODTL's objectives and strategy to effectively support Arizona LEAs with solution-oriented resources. Look for published data and strategy at the end of next month.
We've talked a lot about this assessment - take a look for yourself at our response rates!
Thanks to your support and participation, we have representation from ALL counties in Arizona!
This means LEAs from every county in the Grand Canyon State completed an assessment (not every LEA, but at least one LEA per county).
Explore response rates by county on our dashboard map.
Liberty High School
Our first LEA highlight recognizes Liberty High School in Globe, AZ!
This charter school in Gila County was the first LEA to complete both the technology and
academic portions of the Opportunity Assessment.
Thank you Liberty High!
Digital Office Hours
Each week the Office of Digital Teaching and Learning (ODTL) will host "Digital Office Hours".
This is a great way to share ideas and needs about digital practices and space, and meet the ODTL team. Meet, mingle and learn on your schedule!
Pop in anytime from 10:00am - 12:00pm MST Fridays (excluding holidays).
Use this link: https://azed-gov.zoom.us/j/84204061406
The E-rate program has upcoming deadlines! The E-rate program provides discounts to assist eligible schools and libraries in obtaining affordable internet access and telecommunications services.
Important E-rate Dates:
Administrative window is open NOW though January 10, 2022
Form 470 window is open NOW through February 21, 2022
Form 471 window opens January 12, 2022 through March 22, 2022
US Department of Education Updates
CYBERSECURITY NOTICE: Attention K-12 Educational Leaders, CIOs, CTOs, Tech Directors, and School Based IT Professionals
Please take time to familiarize yourselves with the “log4j/log4shell” vulnerability that may impact enterprise services, websites, and applications your state, district, and/or schools are currently using. This vulnerability has been rated the highest level of criticality (10/10) in terms of how exploitable it is.
Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and partners are working to address the critical remote code execution vulnerability (CVE-2021-44228) affecting Apache Log4j software library with this webpage dedicated to the topic.
The US DOE recommends:
1. Sharing this information widely across your SEA, LEA, and other intermediaries (e.g.,ESAs).
2. Checking the CISA webpage for up-to-date information, including any available patches.
3. Sharing your learnings with CISA.
Meet the Team
We are proud to connect you with the ODTL team. This small but mighty group is building this program to serve Arizona schools with the resources they need for digital teaching and learning.
Brittany Augustine, MBA , Communication Specialist
Kelly Krusee, MA, Program Manager, [email protected]
Jason Shumberger, PhD, Data Analyst, [email protected]
Office of Digital Teaching & Learning
1535 W Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007