Sacramento, Calif., – Nov. 17, 2015 – Thirty education and technology leaders across America were awarded the Center for Digital Education’s Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers award.
This accolade honors K-20 education leaders who are morphing the learning landscape by utilizing innovative technologies to enhance the overall learning environment. The 2015 award winners were selected based on their efforts to improve education through effective implementation of technology rich solutions; their impact on student outcomes; and their overall initiative, creativity and leadership skills.
Digital advancements recognized include:
“Our 2015 Top 30 award winners represent thought leaders and innovators in higher education, K-12 and the education nonprofit community, which offers sustenance and influence to the field of education,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director of the Center for Digital Education. “I am honored to facilitate such an amazing community of leaders and thrilled to welcome our new award winners.”
The Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers: See full profiles at www.centerdigitaled.com/top30.
Dr. Darryl S. Adams, Superintendent of Schools and Servant Leader, Coachella Valley Unified School District, California
Chris Aviles, EdTech Coach, Fair Haven School District, New Jersey
Susan M. Bearden, Director of Information Technology, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy, Florida
Gregg Behr, Executive Director, The Grable Foundation, Pennsylvania
Norman Bier, Director, Open Learning Initiative, Executive Director, Simon Initiative, Carnegie Mellon University, Pennsylvania
Gary Brantley, Chief Information Officer, DeKalb County School District, Georgia
Dr. Jeffrey Butts, Superintendent, Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, Indiana
Alisa Chapman, Ed.D., Vice President for Academic and University Programs, University of North Carolina
Trina Davis, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director of Glasscock Island, Department of Teaching, Learning and Culture, Texas A&M University
Julie Evans, CEO, Project Tomorrow, California
Dr. James P. Frazee, Senior Academic Technology Officer, San Diego State University, California
Dr. Randy Hansen, Master of Education in Instructional Technology Program Chair, University of Maryland University College
Ken Ingle, Chief Information Officer, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, North Carolina
Pete Just, Chief Technology Officer, Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township, Indiana
Dr. Gary Lilly, Director of Schools, Bristol Tennessee City Schools, Tennessee
Jennie Magiera, Chief Technology Officer, Des Plaines School District 62, Illinois
Chris Malone, Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Revere Public Schools, Massachusetts
Michelle Murphy, Executive Director of Technology Services and CTO, Coachella Valley Unified School District, California
Doug Orr, Supervisor of Technology, Summit Public Schools, New Jersey
AJ Phillips, Director of Information Technology Services, Prince William County Public Schools, Virginia
Tim Renick, Vice Provost and Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, Georgia State University
Theresa Rowe, Chief Information Officer, Oakland University, Michigan
Jay Rozgonyi, Director of Academic Computing, Fairfield University, Connecticut
Dr. David R. Schuler, Superintendent, Township High School District 214, Illinois
Kristin Scott, Assistant Director for Education Technology and Information Technology Training, Tyler Junior College, Texas
Jeremy Shorr, Director of Innovation and Educational Technology, Mentor Public Schools, Ohio
Dr. Scott S. Smith, Chief Technology Officer, Mooresville Graded School District, North Carolina
Valerie Page Truesdale, Ph.D., Chief Technology, Personalization and Engagement Officer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina
UWM U-Pace Team, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
William R. Watson, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Learning Design & Technology, Director, Purdue Center for Serious Games and Learning in Virtual Environments, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, Purdue University, Indiana
Underwriters for the 2015 awards include CDWG, Pure Storage, LivingTree and Symantec.
About the Center for Digital Education
The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insight to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century. www.centerdigitaled.com
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