Meet the winners of our 2009 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards

Steven Stephanoff
Center Grove Community School District, Indiana

Stephanoff understands how technology can improve school administration as well as enhance student learning. After only a year and a half of his leadership at Center Grove, technology has become an integral part of the district.

Center Grove has launched a district-wide data warehouse so that teachers and administrators have full access to common assessments and student data to make informed instructional decisions. Under Stephanoff’s direction, the district also has implemented a streamlined, shared student and business/financial data system with a single database for both operations.

In December, a teacher from Center Grove Middle School North was named Indiana Computer Educators’ “Technology Teacher of the Year.” The award was a reflection of the environment that Stephanoff has created, which encourages teachers to explore new technologies and provides cutting-edge tools for them to utilize.

Stephanoff also supported the launch of a new district web site, which has role-based management, allowing students and teachers to log in for targeted information. Leading up to the 2008 elections, students participated in a mock electronic election via the new web site’s secured electronic survey feature.

Mark Weedy
Eastland/Fairfield Career and Technical Schools, Ohio

During his three-plus years at Eastland/Fairfield Career and Technical Schools, Weedy has taken the concept of learning with technology to new heights.

Each student and staff member in the district now carries a new laptop computer and has wireless access to support this initiative. During the past school year, Weedy allocated more than $325,000 to upgrade technology inside and outside of the classroom–including interactive whiteboards, student response systems, a weather station with handheld data probes for classroom use, and an interactive library system that links all of the district’s buildings.

The district now has a technology specialist to help staff support the new technology and create staff web pages and portals for online courses. Many of these new initiatives have significantly improved student engagement and communication between staff and parents.

Under Weedy’s leadership, the district annually hosts a technology in-service event, where venders and presenters are invited to the campus to demonstrate the latest in educational technology. Weedy is a regular presenter at the event, which focused this year on how to streamline time-consuming chores to save valuable instructional time.

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