Professional Development

Preparing college- and career-ready students with skills and abilities that are aligned with today’s and tomorrow’s employers requires cooperation and coordination between K-12, higher education, businesses, and the Saratoga Springs community.


  • Continued support of interrelationships that exist between K-12, higher education, businesses, and the community
  • Foster coordination between the Saratoga Springs City School District and local/regional businesses
  • Promote K-12 participation in community culture opportunities
  • Maintain opportunities for higher education students’ involvement in the community

Smarter Schools

Access to technology is critical to building smarter schools. But technology by itself isn’t the answer. Knowing why and how to use technology to support student learning is what matters. In Saratoga Springs, it’s not about technology for technology’s sake—it’s about instruction.


“It is not our goal to simply digitize instruction, but rather to explore why and how technology impacts instruction.” – David L'Hommediue, ASST. SUPT., IT & OPTL, Innovation, Saratoga Springs Smart City School District, Smart City Commissioner
  • Create, utilize, and support information technology integration opportunities that incorporate SSCSD technology standards
  • Increase utilization of information technology resources to support differentiated instruction and student-centric learning
  • Optimize districted technology systems to foster growth and support learning, communication, and data
  • Improve network infrastructure, reliability, security, accessibility, and staffing to support information technology needs and cultivate an effective learning environment

Higher Education: SUNY Empire State College

Multiple locations along with online and blended instruction, commitment to individualize learning for all students, and dedication to making education accessible and successful for busy adults are among the principal factors defining the technology goals of the college.

  • Utilize broadband/fiber networks to support blended learning across New York State campuses, abroad, and online
  • Deploy advanced learning applications such as Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL), Immersive Cloud Learning (ICL), and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs
  • Continue with implementation of Integrated Technologies Strategic Plan

Higher Education: Skidmore College

Skidmore benefits immensely from being located in the vibrant city of Saratoga Springs. As part of its mission, the college seeks to contribute to the quality of life in the city through its positive impact in areas such as the economy, cultural life, and volunteerism.

  • Continue to invest in city/campus life through programs such as Sustainable Skidmore, Saratoga Reads, the Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project (SSMP), and the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative
  • Support smart city initiatives to provide continuous connectivity to students both on and off campus
  • Improve off-campus public safety through smart applications.
  • Support student use of advanced broadband technologies such as livestream


Possible Solutions from RPI 

Smart Library

Saratoga Springs has a relatively small reader group and limited budget for libraries. Team from RPI offers solutions to cut down cost by deploying IT system in libraries and increase reader amount by using "The Ideas Box" concept. 

Deployment of IT system in Skidmore College library:

1. Install Follett Corporation Destiny. 

  • Saratoga Springs City School District currently uses Follett library management system. Skidmore College may consider using Follett library management system (Follett Corporation Destiny) to manage library materials effectively.
  • Advantages include: Free mobile apps for students and staff that support BYOD; Offer free ebook access via LMS; Circulation, cataloging, inventory and reporting functions; Tailored to the numbers of freshmen in the dominant programs at Skidmore

2. Using smart library cards.

  • Setting up a SMS reminder automated system for book return and recommendation system based on previous borrowed books.

3. Using “The Ideas Box” concept to set up a digital modern library

  • The Idea Box is a portable toolkit, standardized, easy to transport and setup, which consists of six boxes (including library and internet access), fits on two palettes, and creates a space of 1,000 square meters. The library box includes 250 paper books, 50 e-readers with thousands of ebooks, VR headsets and a variety of educational apps.