April 7, 2017

TO:  Division Superintendents

FROM:  Steven R. Staples, Superintendent of Public Instruction

SUBJECT: #GoOpen Regional Summit

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) is pleased to announce that Chesterfield County Public Schools will be hosting a #GoOpen Regional Summit on August 1, 2017, at the Thomas R. Fulghum Conference Center. This event is in support of both the U.S. Department of Education #GoOpen initiative and GoOpenVA efforts. Attendance at the one day Summit is free. The #GoOpen Regional Summit will provide an opportunity for school division and state leaders to explore opportunities to expand the use of high quality, openly licensed educational resources.

#GoOpen Regional Summits are intended for school divisions that have recently committed to becoming a #GoOpen Launch division or are curious about making a scalable transition to openly licensed educational resources. Among the facilitators will be representatives from #GoOpen Ambassador school divisions who have worked to make this transition.

All divisions are welcome and encouraged to send a team of eight to ten people that include superintendents, technology and/or curriculum leaders, ITRTs, librarians and teacher leaders who will then promote the #GoOpen initiative in their schools after the conference.

Included below are resources about #GoOpen:

We hope that you consider attending. Please register here for the #GoOpen VA Regional Summit.  For more information, please visit the conference site at https://sites.google.com/ccpsnet.net/goopenThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website.

We look forward to seeing you at the #GoOpen Regional Summit!

For additional information, please contact Ernie Longworth, Assistant Director of Technology, Chesterfield County Public Schools, by email at Ernest_Longworth@ccpsnet.net or by telephone at (804) 639-8930. You may also contact Jean Weller, Educational Technology Specialist, Office of Technology and Virtual Learning, by email at jean.weller@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-2825.

SRS/BK/nhb