Education CIO Jason Gray on communication for modernization and resiliency

“In the spring, schools were forced to shut down to stem the spread of COVID-19, and this fall schools are struggling to figure out how to either reopen safely or shift to distance learning to meet student needs.

Two Federal agencies tasked with supporting educators and students – the Department of Education and the Department of Defense Education Activity – are similarly having to adjust how their offices function and deliver on their mission to support education in the U.S. and military bases abroad.

During an Aug. 27 ATARC webinar, Jason Gray, CIO of the Department of Education, and Mark Patterson, CIO for the Department of Defense Education Activity, stressed the importance of communication when it comes to modernization and resiliency.

For both agencies, the push for modernization started well before the COVID-19 pandemic upended the way agencies meet their mission. Gray and Patterson said they were able to capitalize on previous agency modernization efforts, while still making rapid changes to adapt to their new environments.

Patterson, whose agency is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, and managing pre-kindergarten through 12th grade educational programs on behalf…” Read the full article here.

Source: Education CIOs Stress Communication for Modernization and Resiliency – By Kate Polit, August 31, 2020. MeriTalk.

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