eSchool News honors Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award winners

eSchool News has announced the winners of its 2010 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards, which honor 10 superintendents from around the nation who best exemplify outstanding leadership in the use of technology to further educational goals:

• Eric Conti – Burlington, MA
• Jan Harris – Cullman, AL
• Manuel Isquierdo – Sunnyside, AZ
• Chip Kimball — Lake Washington, WA
• Pam Moran — Albemarle County, VA
• Carolyn Ross — Churchill County, NV
• Kim Ross– Houston Public Schools, MN
• Amy Sichel – Abington, PA
• Gary Smuts — ABC Unified, CA
• Craig Witherspoon — Edgecombe County, NC

Laureates of the 10th Annual eSN Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards Program–produced with financial support from Promethean, the Pearson Foundation, K12 Inc., and Eduvision–were invited to an exclusive, private luncheon on Feb. 11, 2010, at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.…Read More

Ten “Hallmarks of Excellence” for the eSchool News Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards

1. Must be a general superintendent.
2. Models the effective use of technology in the day-to-day execution of the superintendency.
3. Ensures that technology resources are equitably distributed among students and staff.
4. Insists that adequate professional development is a component of every school technology initiative.
5. Demonstrates exceptional vision in leading the development and implementation of a districtwide technology plan.
6. Exhibits a thorough understanding of the role of technology in education and can articulate that understanding to all school district stakeholders.
7. Provides exceptional leadership in supporting the integration of technology into the curriculum.
8. Demonstrates exceptional vision in employing technology to streamline school district business operations.
9. Demonstrates curiosity and open-mindedness in considering emerging technologies and weighing non-traditional solutions to traditional problems.
10. Thinks creatively and strategically about the long-term challenges and opportunities of technology in the school district and in education at large.

Our 10th 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 technology 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 superintendent.

In our 10th annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards, sponsored by K12 Inc., Promethean, the Pearson Foundation, and JDL Horizon’s Eduvision, 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 in conjunction with the Century Club 100 meeting at the American Association of School Administrators’ annual conference in Phoenix Feb. 11.

20090930contiEric Conti
Burlington Public Schools
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