LOFTI is a statewide professional development project
focused on building the knowledge, skills, and abilities of educators
essential for teaching and learning in a changing technological
world. LOFTI activities reach across all levels of the educational
community-from individual classrooms to state entities.
The DIAL Consortium is one of the 16 learning organizations involved
in the LOFTI project throughout the state of South Dakota. There
are twenty-six school districts in the DIAL consortium involved
in LOFTI activities. The consortium has created some positive relationships
that have led to the emergence of new ways of collaborating, communicating
and conducting professional development.
LOFTI stands for Learning Organizations for Technology Integration.
LOFTI is a $10 million federal technology challenge grant administered
through the Department of Education. The TIE Office, Technology
Innovations in Education, administers the grant for the state of
South Dakota. Dr. James Parry, firstname.lastname@example.org serves as the project
director and Joe Hauge, email@example.com serves as the project manager.