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Chief Technology Officer
Jim Klein comes to Las Virgenes with over two decades of experience and knowledge in IT. Mr. Klein is widely recognized as a ground-breaking education technology leader, particularly in the areas of open source and social media. Not only does he vigorously pursue technologies that he believes will make a significant difference in the lives of students, teachers, and staff, but he also actively challenges his peers to do the same through dozens of conference presentations and the sharing of information, tools, and best-practices. He has written a number of articles for industry magazines, advocates for education technology personally within his state and on Capitol Hill, and serves on a number of national and international committees and panels. Mr. Klein has been recognized as a T.H.E. Journal Innovator, NetworkWorld All Star, a National School Boards Association "20 to Watch" educator, and most recently, an Association of California School Administrators' Technology Administrator of the Year for Los Angeles County.
Mr. Klein is also a sought-after speaker, having given keynote lectures and tech talks on a variety of topics at various locations across the United States, including such prestigious educational institutions as Harvard University as well as the University of California system. In addition, Mr. Klein is the founder of the open-source ubermix project, an educational operating system designed to bring powerful, flexible, and free computing to students all over the world. More than sixty school districts and nonprofits use ubermix as the foundation of their 1:1 student technology programs, many of which Jim Klein has been directly involved in, providing assistance and support through all aspects of planning and implementation.
At Las Virgenes, Mr. Klein endeavors to further integrate technology in the classroom in order to advance student learning and to provide real-time adaptive assessments for teachers. As the District moves to the new California Content Standards, Mr. Klein ably provides the leadership and technological expertise required for this transition. Additionally, as Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Klein oversees the EdTech department, which is responsible for providing technical support in the classroom as well as to enhance business operations, District communications and community outreach.
The mission of the Technology Department is to support and execute the vision of technology developed collaboratively with the Board of Education, the Technology Committee, and Las Virgenes staff, students, and community. The department’s mission is for students to participate with teachers in their learning experience by integrating technology supported by the EdTech team.