School technology leadership: Essential elements for success

(Editor’s Note: This speech was given to the 10 winners of the eSchool News 2005 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards at an awards ceremony in San Antonio Feb. 19.)

Good afternoon. On behalf of the entire staff at eSchool News, I’d like to salute you all for the job you do every day to manage the operation of your districts, and especially your judicious and effective use of technology to improve school efficiencies and raise student achievement.

You do all this despite tremendous budget pressures and federal mandates that discourage innovation–mandates that would rather have you testing students than new or experimental programs. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that it’s never been so hard to be a school district leader than it is today, and that’s especially true when it comes to shepherding in new technology initiatives. For the pitfalls are many–and the critics are just waiting to pounce.…Read More

2005 ‘Tech-Savvy Supes’ receive awards

Tech-savvy supes receive awards

Winners of the 2005 eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards were honored in a ceremony held in conjunction with the American Association of School Administrators’ 137th annual conference Feb. 19.

At the Marriott Riverwalk hotel in San Antonio, the 10 winners and their guests were treated to lunch and received special commemorative plaques in their honor, thanks to the generous support of award sponsors Software Technology Inc. (STI) and Microsoft Corp.…Read More

2004 ‘Tech-Savvy Supes’ model information-age leadership

At a Feb. 21 luncheon sponsored by computer maker Gateway Inc., eSchool News honored 10 superintendents for their exemplary leadership and vision in using technology to improve education.

Winners of the newspaper’s Fourth Annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards, announced in February, were chosen by their peers in conjunction with eSchool News editors. They were recognized in a ceremony held in conjunction with the American Association of School Administrators’ Annual Conference in San Francisco.

eSchool News launched its annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards program in 2001 to publicize school district CEOs who have demonstrated a remarkable vision for implementing technology to meet their district’s educational goals, and to encourage other school leaders to follow suit.…Read More

eSN honors 2003 ‘Tech-Savvy Supes’

Ten of the nation’s top superintendents received a special tribute for their outstanding leadership in the field of educational technology Feb. 23.

The occasion was eSchool News’ third annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards, sponsored by Gateway Inc. At a private ceremony held in conjunction with the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) conference in New Orleans, this year’s award winners accepted plaques and some well-deserved praise for guiding their districts effectively into the Information Age.

In recognition of technology’s growing influence on the nation’s schools, eSchool News launched its annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards program in 2001 to publicize school district CEOs who have demonstrated a remarkable vision for implementing technology to meet their district’s educational goals, and to encourage other school leaders to follow suit.…Read More

eSchool News’ 2002 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards

The growing influence of technology in the nation’s schools is changing our expectations of the superintendency. As schools begin to rely on computers and the internet to engage students’ interest, track their progress, 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 valued characteristic for the 21st-century school executive.

In our second annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards, eSchool News recognizes 12 of the nation’s top K-12 executives for their leadership and vision in the area of educational technology. Chosen by the editors of eSchool News, these 12 outstanding men and women lead by their example. This year’s award winners will be honored by their peers in a ceremony during the Superintendents’ Technology Summit being held March 10-12 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Austin, Texas.

Christine M. Carter, Reed Union School District (Tiburon, Calif.)…Read More

2001 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards

The growing influence of technology in the nation’s schools is changing our expectations of the superintendency. As schools begin to rely on computers and the internet to engage students’ interest, track their progress, 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 valued characteristic for the 21st-century school executive.

In our first-ever Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards, eSchool News recognizes 10 of the nation’s top K-12 executives for their leadership and vision in the area of educational technology. Chosen by the editors of eSchool News in consultation with our esteemed advisory board members, these 10 outstanding men and women lead by their example. Many were nominated by their peers; all share a forward-looking vision and a strong commitment to school reform through the judicious use of technology to improve teaching and learning.

Anthony Amato, superintendent of Hartford Public Schools in Connecticut…Read More