Talladega County Schools
Under Lacey’s leadership, the accomplishments of this rural and high-poverty district for the past five years are unsurpassed by any other district in the state—and individualized, one-to-one computing initiatives are provided in the seven diverse high schools throughout the 7,700-student district.
Lacey was recognized in June 2012 as the State Superintendent of the Year at the Alabama Educational Technology Conference. Her leadership led to her first one-to-one school reform initiative being selected as one of the six programs in the nation to receive the National School Change Award in 2012. The district’s energy and green programs, supported by technological controllers, also garnered two schools National Green Ribbon Awards—the only ones in Alabama. Thousands of visitors from a wide array of educational and business venues constantly come to the school district to see her initiatives in action and seek direction in following the Talladega County models for technology integration that she leads.
Thanks to Lacey, the district-wide Student Technology Showcase will move to a two-day format owing to the many requests from other school districts, and there has been an increase in Advanced Placement and higher-level classes through video conferencing opportunities. The district’s success is based on the visionary leadership of a tech-savvy superintendent who fosters partnerships with all of her stakeholders for the benefit of students.
New Braunfels Independent School District
Moczygemba, who has led New Braunfels ISD for the past three years, is a firm believer that education is a 24-7 experience and that technology is an important tool to enhance instruction.
Moczygemba’s “flipped classroom” initiative taught teachers throughout the district how to create introductory lessons for engaging students in problem-based learning at home. When Apple first released its iBooks authoring software, he used the software to create an electronic version of the district’s course catalog to show his staff how they could create rich content for student use.
Moczygemba also led the implementation of a VTEL media system at the district’s Disciplinary Alternative School, allowing students to attend regular classes via two-way audio and video technology. This project allows students to return to their regular campus completely on track with their peers—while saving the district approximately $500,000 per year in staffing costs.
Epson projectors are installed in all district classrooms, and teachers use iPads to deliver instruction. The Ninth Grade Center opened with a one-to-one computing initiative, with all 610 students having an iPad for 24-7 use. The district plans to expand its iPad initiative to grades 10-12 in 2013 and grades 6-8 in 2014.