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In the San Antonio ISD, Miguel Guhlin (Director) is responsible for facilitating the efforts of talented technology integration facilitators (4), technology integration coordinators (2) and virtual learning coordinator (1), as well as one clerical staff member. He manages two servers that provide service to over 3000 students in Technology Applications:TEKS blended (online/face to face) courses, professional learning and more. He also initiated and supervises implementation of the District's first web-based Electronic Gradebook and Attendance Tracking System (GATS for short), the District's first online professional learning management system (ePATH), as well as other "groundbreaking" initiatives such as Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN.org) in SAISD with eCampus.
The Pathways to Advance Virtual Education (PAVE) program--paid for by a $2.7 million Technology Integration in Education (TIE) grant funded in May, 2001--sought to prepare administrators for the challenge of planning for and using technology effectively in schools. This was not the key focus of the PAVE program.
The real goal of the PAVE program is to transform teaching, learning and leadership to facilitate technology integration in K-12. Changing teachers’ approaches to teaching and learning in 4 public school districts and 7 private schools, the PAVE program affected 235 educators and over 150 administrators. Boasting a 92% completion rate, 235 teachers participated in the Masters Online program that will earn them a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction with an Instructional Technology Specialization. 150 administrators are also going through the program--not to earn a Master’s degree, but learn how technology fits into their role as administrator. Each administrator must ask him/her-self, a question. That questions is, "What personal commitment can I make to help my teachers overcome barriers, and achieve the ideal in technology integration?"
Miguel Guhlin's role as PAVE Staff Development Coordinator was instrumental to the success of this grant.