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Ramage Job Seeks Better Results From Tech Use

Dr. David Ramage

LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – With the appointment Thursday (March 16, 2017) of Dr. David Ramage as director of integration for learning and instruction, the Pottsgrove School District has placed a greater emphasis on making technology provided to its students and staff work more efficiently for, and produce better results in, its classrooms.

District Superintendent Dr. William Shirk praised Ramage’s approval by the Board of School Directors, during its meeting at Pottsgrove High School, as “a great opportunity for us.” He said the administration-level job will “position ourselves for the future” by ensuring Pottsgrove’s initiatives in technology and education “move in unison together.”

Ramage currently works as principal of Pottsgrove Middle School, and will move into his new job during July. His salary remains unchanged. The board also approved a new job description for the directorship. Shirk did not address how or when the anticipated middle school principal vacancy will be filled.

Ramage is expected to supply “leadership, staff development, and instructional support to all instructional and administrative staff,” according to the job document. He also will serve as an intermediary “between school and district technology initiatives and school based implementation, and support for administrators and teachers,” it stated.

Oversight of the technology itself – along with coordinating and directing its use, acquisition, maintenance, and training – remains the responsibility of Director of Technology Tony Bickert, who was promoted by the board from the assistant director’s job last month.

Many tasks attributed to both positions were earlier performed by only one individual, former Director of Technology and Communications Michael Wagman. Wagman, himself a licensed teacher, was the primary advocate of the district’s move toward student use of mobile technology in its classrooms, and of redesigning its curriculum to better adapt to tablets, laptops, and other devices. Wagman left Pottsgrove last year for a similar job in the West Chester school district.

Shirk said Ramage’s appointment will give the district “competent leadership” in the job’s new duties. He cited Ramage’s doctorate in leadership development and learning technology, his master’s degree in computers and education, and his earlier work with district staff as valuable assets and skills in Pottsgrove’s future success.

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