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   DataBus - Vol 40 No 3: April-May, 2000
President's Corner

While summer is fast approaching, your board is working harder than ever. At our last regular board meeting in March the board went through a strategic planning process to refine their ideas on goals and objectives for the year 2000. A conference theme was also announced: "Supporting a Virtual Learning Community."
With the rapid growth of technology in our schools, CEDPA continues to be a key resource for K-12 technologists throughout the state. Our organizational objectives are designed to provide leadership and support to information technology and form the basis for strategic planning activities. Key areas of focus for CEDPA over the next year include:
  1. Continue to deliver a great conference;
  2. Host regional SIG meetings;
  3. Improve the content of the CEDPA web site;
  4. Increase the ways the Databus is distributed to increase readership; and
  5. Continue to focus on the needs of our members.
As we work on these objectives, we need you–our membership--to keep us informed as to what you want out of the organization.
In the upcoming weeks, the board will be forming a membership sub-committee to assist us in our goals. If you have ideas or thoughts for the committee to consider, please email them to
Thanks to the excellent work of the conference sub-committee (Warren Williams, Russ Brawn, Greg Lindner, Jane Kauble, Mike Caskey, and Scott Sexsmith.) You can expect this year's conference to be full of innovative ideas and resources. With this year's theme, "Supporting a Virtual Learning Community," you are bound to hear lots about existing and emerging technologies that support both systems within our schools and those in and around our communities. You will see examples and visions of how the two can interconnect to extend learning beyond the traditional classroom. Our vendors continue to boost the value of the conference, providing not only the best ways to see and purchase new products but often provide engineers to help answer technical questions or give us insight on how we can improve our networks. As with past conferences, this year's conference is one you won't want to miss, so mark you calendars early for November 15-17, 2000, at the Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort in Santa Barbara.