Leading Edge Certification Finalist in EdTech Digest Awards
— LEC Founder Mike Lawrence Finalist for EdTech Leadership Award –

WALNUT CREEK, CA (March 19, 2014) – Leading Edge Certification (LEC), a national provider of certification programs in education technology, has been named by EdTech Digest a finalist for the Cool Tool Awards in the Professional Development Solutions category. Additionally, EdTech Digest named Mike Lawrence a finalist in its EdTech Leadership Awards for his role as founder of Leading Edge Certification. The 2014 EdTech Digest Awards recognizes people in and around education for outstanding contributions in transforming education through technology to enrich the lives of learners everywhere. Award winners will be announced March 20.

As an Alliance of nonprofits, educational agencies and K-20 institutions, Leading Edge Certification is uniquely positioned to serve today’s forward-thinking educators. There are currently three certifications available from Leading Edge Certification: Online & Blended Teacher, Administrator and Digital Educator. A fourth certification, Leading Edge Certification for the Professional Learning Leader, will be available in July 2014.

The curriculum in each Leading Edge Certification is created by practitioners and leaders in education, with an eye on content and approaches that support the intersection between technology, pedagogy and student learning.

“We are thrilled that Leading Edge Certification is being recognized by EdTech Digest for its contribution to Professional Development,” said Mike Lawrence, Founder of Leading Edge Certification. “Additionally, I am deeply honored to be named a finalist for the Leadership Award for my work with Leading Edge Certification.”

“A distinguished panel of industry influencers and veterans conducted this year’s evaluation proceedings. There is a lot of talent and quality out there, and we’re excited to recognize these cool tools, leaders and trendsetters in the education technology space,” said Victor Rivero, who oversees the program as editor in chief of EdTech Digest. “There are now thousands of startups, apps, and companies working in edtech, more than ever before. Shining a spotlight on the best and brightest, we intend to generate even more activity in this sector to continue pushing forward a slow revolution for the benefit of future generations.”


About Leading Edge Certification
Leading Edge Certification (LEC) is a national certification program in educational technology and curriculum innovation. Created by an Alliance of nonprofits, universities and educational agencies, LEC is the first national certification program of its kind, and is platform and vendor neutral. LEC for the Online and Blended Teacher, LEC for the Administrator and LEC for the Digital Educator are currently available. Visit www.leadingedgecertification.org to find out more.

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