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UI-based program hosts school leadership seminar Dec. 12 in Ames

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Gerry Smith, the principal of a K-8 school in Canada that is known for its leadership in using computer technology, will lead a day-long seminar, "Vision to Reality," Friday, Dec. 12 in Ames, co-sponsored by the Institute for School Executives (ISE) of the University of Iowa College of Education (ISE).

The seminar, co-sponsored by the North Central Association (NCA) and the Iowa Association for Curriculum and Development (ASCD), will be held at the Holiday Inn Gateway Center, U.S. Highway 30, Exit 146, Elmwood Drive. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the session runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The seminar is open to the public but requires a $40 registration fee for members of the sponsoring organizations and a $75 fee for non-members.

Smith is principal of River Oaks School, a K-8 school of about 760 students in northwest Oakville, near Toronto, Ontario.

The school, which opened in 1990, has established itself as a leader in the use of computer technology and teaching. The curriculum was restructured to emphasize the use of computers in the classrooms for students and teachers to access, manage, and communicate information and to communicate with people around the globe.

All staff members were given a computer for their desks when the school opened. The school's 250 computers, which have Internet access, are upgraded on a systematic basis to take advantage of advances in technology.

For more information, contact the Institute for School Executives at(319) 335-5350.