Since 1994, Paul Barrette has worked in Massachusetts and Rhode Island K12 education as a teacher, staff developer, technology curriculum specialist, and Director of Technology. He is passionate about teacher professional development and has been creating “just in time” support and instructional materials for teachers for well over a decade. Paul was awarded ISTE's “Making IT Happen” award in December of 2015.
Paul is currently the Director of Technology for the Smithfield, RI Public Schools. He is a member of the technology sub-committee of the Rhode Island Northwest Consortium of Schools and has been instrumental in organizing the consortium’s “Summer Teacher Technology Institute” since 2011. Paul also served as President of the Rhode Island ISTE affiliate from 2008 until 2010 and has been elected to serve again as the President beginning in July of 2016.
Paul is an accomplished presenter and speaker and has lead workshops for the Rhode Island Society for Technology Educators (RISTE), at the Rhode Island Middle Level Educators (RIMLE) conference, Learning First Alliance Rhode Island conference, Rhode Island School Counselors Association (RISCA) conferences, SchoolCIO Tech Summit in San Diego, Tech Forum Boston 2013 & 2015, Highlander Institute Blended Learning Conferences, and the METAA/CoSN CTO Clinic. He has written a number of articles and posts on the SchoolCIO blog as a CIO advisor and as a guest editor for Tech & Learning.
Fun fact: in a prior life, Paul arranged a Bach fugue for classical guitar trio and performed as a guitar soloist with an orchestra.