How the Campaign Began

Vint CerfWidely known as a “Father of the Internet” and currently Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, Vint Cerf shared his vast experience with the Networking and Security breakout group.

Cameron EvansAs the first National Chief Technology Officer of Microsoft Education, Cameron Evans is responsible for shaping and executing Microsoft’s technology agenda in US Education. His powerful kick-off speech reminded attendees that the work we’re doing must be meaningful to kids who today are only in elementary school.

Aneesh ChopraAneesh Chopra, the United States Chief Technology Officer and former Virginia Secretary of Technology, made room in his busy schedule to address the workshop crowd.

Evan BurfieldEvan Burfield, TJ ‘95, CEO and co-founder of Synteractive, a technology consulting company, chats with Vint Cerf.

PlaqueTJ Principal Evan Glazer and Partnership Fund Chair Mark Skolnik present Microsoft Education CTO Cameron Evans with a certificate of appreciation for Microsoft’s generous hosting of the event.

Andrew KoAndrew Ko, Senior Director, US Partners in Learning, Microsoft, at the kick-off party at Microsoft’s Reston offices.

Joel HansmaJoel Hansma, IT Systems Engineer & Manager, Northrop Grumman Information Systems, and facilitator of the Data Access, Management & Storage breakout group, explains his results to the larger group.

As a first step in the process of preparing for the building’s renovation and assessing the extent of needs that would not be met by public funds, the TJ administration set out its goals for the technological capabilities of the new building.

Prepared by TJHSST Administration and Faculty, Spring 2011

TJ’s renovation will modernize TJ’s infrastructure and update its labs’ equipment in order to support the School’s unique curriculum, which has made TJ one of the top schools in the nation. This two-pronged modernization features:

  • Underlying research infrastructure, the essential facility and building environment for scientific inquiry that is shared among multiple research disciplines.
  • Advanced tools and equipment, driven by the future vision for each of TJ’s research labs and made possible by their increased size and the addition of connected classroom space, which will enable students to engage in meaningful cutting-edge scientific and technological inquiry.

TJ also seeks to establish a 21st-century information and collaboration infrastructure throughout the school that supports and extends TJ’s mission and provides advanced tools and opportunities for its students and faculty. This infrastructure should be designed with the following capabilities:

  • Technology that allows for collaboration
    • Two-way communication with professionals in the field and in academia, as well as with teachers and students at other institutions
    • Information-sharing can take place directly from the lab or classroom via effective video communication
  • Ubiquitous connectivity and interoperability
    • Wireless sensor network allows the school building itself to become the object of inquiry
    • Any standards-based network-addressable device or system could be connected anywhere in the school
  • Sufficient capacity to sustain a large scale virtual learning environment
    • Remains operable despite a large numbers of users
    • Provides tele-learn flexibility for half-days, snow days, emergencies and unanticipated future needs
    • Promotes off-site mentoring
    • Allows student enrollment at TJ from other sites
    • Offers the potential to depart from a fixed master schedule
  • Limited Operations and Maintenance (O&M) accessibility
    • Student experimentation with, and routine use of, the IT infrastructure is possible without disruption of daily operations
    • Infrastructure becomes a teaching tool
  • A more effective means to fulfill our mission as a Regional Governor’s School
    • Routine access to the unique tools at TJ from other locations
    • Extend the capacity of the school to more users in the region
  • Adaptability in the face of change
    • Ability to continuously update the technology without rebuilding the infrastructure
  • Security and privacy for all users
    • Meets the standards for security and privacy demanded by the school system in recognition of the fact that users are minors and required by law to be in school
    • Protects all users from intentional or unintentional interference by a highly-capable and energetic user base
  • Sustains operations despite unfavorable environmental conditions
    • Labs maintain power in support of ongoing experimentation
    • Insures optimal conditions for living organisms dependent on artificial systems to sustain life

Microsoft Workshop

To assist TJ’s Administration as they fleshed out the details of their vision, the Partnership Fund organized a July 2011 workshop, generously hosted by Microsoft, where IT professionals from academia and industry could share ideas with TJ’s principal, science & technology administrators, and technology professionals. Experts in their respective fields joined Administration and PF representatives for brainstorming sessions and discussions in several breakout groups, including outreach, networking and security; data access, management and storage; and adaptability.

Cisco Workshop

As a follow-up to the Microsoft-hosted workshop, TJ administrators met with network architecture and security experts at a December 2011 JCIRN workshop hosted by Cisco Systems. JCIRN, which stands for Jefferson Collaborative Inquiry & Research Network, is an electronic platform for student research and collaboration that ensures security and enhances outreach capabilities.

Workshop participants discussed the capabilities of current networks used by different parties at the school, the priorities for JCIRN, the constraints under which it would operate, the types of technical support needed, and next steps. Due to the topic’s importance and complexity, network security issues merited a separate discussion.

Both workshops were organized by the Partnership Fund’s Corporate Advisory Board, a volunteer group of corporate representatives committed to supporting TJ.

Bryan BrownPrincipal Evan Glazer presents Cisco Systems Engineering Manager, Bryan Brown, with a TJ mug and certificate of appreciation.