eSchool News names winners of 2010 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards

Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award winners bring technology know-how to their districts.
Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award winners bring technology know-how to their districts.

One-to-one computing programs that are turning classrooms into student-centered learning labs and raising achievement; a technology incentive program that is reducing the dropout rate and closing the digital divide; live streaming of school board meetings online, and other efforts to engage stakeholders in school district activities; and the creation of an online-learning program that has solved the challenge of declining student enrollment: These are some of the many education technology accomplishments of the winners of our 10th annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards.

Sponsored by JDL Horizon’s Eduvision, K12 Inc., the Pearson Foundation, and Promethean, the awards program recognizes senior school district executives from around the nation who best exemplify outstanding leadership in the use of technology to further their district’s educational goals.

This year’s winners are:…Read More

Commentary: A new era in school district leadership

 

This year's Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards were the toughest yet to judge.

Default Lines column in eSchool News, February 2010—Former Notre Dame University President Theodore Hesburgh was quoted as saying, “The very essence of leadership is that you have to have a vision.” Skillful leaders are able to articulate that vision clearly and inspire their communities to action—and the winners of our annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards epitomize this idea.…Read More

2009 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award winners honored during AASA conference

Ten superintendents who are among the nation’s most successful in leading their schools into the 21st century were honored in a special ceremony Feb. 20.

The occasion was eSchool News’ Ninth Annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards, sponsored by Promethean, the Pearson Foundation, and K12 Inc. This year’s award winners were honored during a private ceremony held in conjunction with the Century Club 100 meeting at the American Association of School Administrators’ annual conference in San Francisco.

“Research shows that if you start with a clear vision for how to implement technology effectively, and you provide strong leadership in sharing this vision with stakeholders, and you make sure your staff is well supported and receives professional development that is relevant and sustained, and you seek to change instructional practices to take advantage of technology’s potential, then technology really can empower more effective teaching and learning,” eSchool News Managing Editor Dennis Pierce said in presenting the awards.…Read More

What it means to be ‘tech savvy’

At our Ninth Annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards ceremony in February, we asked the winners what technology-related programs they were most proud of in their districts–and what it means for them to be a “tech-savvy” school leader. Here’s a sampling of what they said.

“Right now, our one-to-one laptop initiative has my attention, because we’re trying to make sure we have some baseline data to show our community that the investment of those dollars is really going to pay off in terms of student achievement. …Students have access to the technology 24-7, [which enables] a just-in-time kind of learning. I was talking to a teacher who was saying, ‘If we want to look up some information, we don’t have to schedule into out computer lab–I can just have the students open up their laptops and look up this information right away.’ …Our media specialists are moving ahead with all sorts of ideas and innovations; I’m just really fortunate that our community, the staff, and the school board are all behind this.”

Margaret Anderson, Knob Noster School District, Mo.…Read More

Meet the winners of our 2009 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards

In our ninth annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards, sponsored by Promethean, the Pearson Foundation, and K12 Inc., eSchool News recognizes 10 of the nation’s top K-12 executives for their outstanding ed-tech leadership and vision. Chosen by the editors of eSchool News with help from last year’s winners, these 10 exemplary leaders will be honored in a private ceremony held on Feb. 20 in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Century Club 100, an honorary organization of superintendents, during the American Association of School Administrators’ annual conference in San Francisco.

Margaret Anderson
Knob Noster R-VIII School District, Missouri

Under Anderson’s leadership, the Knob Noster School District invested more than half a million dollars to provide its high school students with laptops through a one-to-one computing initiative that is reportedly one of the first in the state.…Read More

eSN honors 2008 tech-savvy supes

Ten superintendents who are among the nation’s most successful in leading their schools into the 21st century were honored in a ceremony Feb. 15.

The occasion was eSchool News’ Eighth Annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards, sponsored by Promethean and eCollege. This year’s award winners were honored in Tampa, Fla., in a ceremony held during—but not affiliated with—the American Association of School Administrators’ 2008 National Conference on Education.

(Editor’s note: For coverage of AASA’s 2008 conference, see our Conference Information Center.)…Read More

Eighth Annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards

The move toward an increasingly digital society, and the emergence of a new era of accountability in the nation’s schools, have changed our expectations of the superintendency. As school leaders come to rely on computers and the internet to engage students’ interest, track their progress, personalize instruction, and aid in decision making, an understanding of how technology works and how it can be used to transform teaching and learning is an increasingly essential characteristic for the 21st-century school executive.

In our eighth annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards, sponsored by Promethean and eCollege, eSchool News recognizes 10 of the nation’s top K-12 executives for their outstanding ed-tech leadership and vision. Chosen by the editors of eSchool News with help from last year’s winners, these 10 exemplary leaders will be honored in a private ceremony held at the same time as the American Association of School Administrators’ annual conference in Tampa, Fla., Feb. 15.

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2007 ‘Tech-Savvy Superintendents’ honored in New Orleans

Winners of the 2007 eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards were honored in a ceremony March 2 in New Orleans.

Now in its seventh year, this annual program recognizes outstanding superintendents throughout the nation who are effectively embracing technology as a tool for leadership and learning. Winners are first nominated online by their colleagues. The final 10 are chosen by tech-savvy laureates of years past years and by the editors of eSchool News. As K-12 educators come to rely on computers and the internet to help them deliver instruction, track student progress, and better prepare learners for the challenges of an increasingly global workforce, an understanding of how technology works and how it can be used to improve education has become increasingly important for today’s superintendents.

“I think it’s really important to be in a room with people [who] look at technology and use it … who don’t think of it as technology, but who think of it as something to further the mission of education,” said Gordon Freedman, vice president of education strategy for learning management system provider Blackboard, the event sponsor. “What we find is that often the digital divide in the school world is between the ed-tech [director] and the curriculum director, and that leadership is necessary to look at what your final objectives are, so that you don’t get caught in the weeds … but you [go] forward.”…Read More

2006 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award winners

The growing importance of technology in the nation’s schools has changed our expectations of the superintendency. As school leaders come to rely on computers and the internet to engage students’ interest, track their progress, individualize instruction, and aid in decision making, an understanding of how technology works and how it can be used to transform teaching and learning is an increasingly essential characteristic for the 21st-century school executive.

In our sixth annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards, co-sponsored by TrueNorthLogic, eSchool News recognizes 10 of the nation’s top K-12 executives for their outstanding leadership and vision in the area of educational technology. Chosen by the editors of eSchool News with help from last year’s winners, these 10 exemplary leaders will be honored in a private ceremony held in conjunction with the American Association of School Administrators’ annual conference in San Diego Feb. 24.

Calvin Baker

Calvin Baker is the superintendent of the Vail School District in Vail, Ariz. His district has received national and international acclaim for its work with laptop computers, becoming one of the first school systems to substitute laptops for textbooks.…Read More