Articles tagged with Trailblazer Award

Watch, learn, do; nominations now being accepted for TLN recognition programs

Do you know an educator who is passionate about using technology to transform teaching and learning? Who can inspire their colleagues to embrace new tools and is always looking for how the next innovation can be applied to education?

Or perhaps you are that person because you work for that district; a district that’s on the cutting edge of education technology, a district that fulfills the digital promise, a district that “get’s it.”

Be you an individual or an organization, it is now time for you to get yours, recognition, that is. And NSBA’s Technology Leadership Network hosts a number of upcoming programs to spotlight EdTech’s pioneers.

Established in 2006 as a part of the 20th anniversary celebration of NSBA’s technology and learning conference, the “20 to Watch” program identifies 20 emerging leaders within the education technology community who have the potential to impact the field for the next 20 years.

While primarily focused on K-12 teachers, administrators, and board members, nominations are also invited from higher education, policy, association, and industry organizations.

The 2011-12 “20” will be honored in Washington D.C. during CoSN’s Annual Conference, March 5-7,  and recognized during the Technology Leadership Network luncheon at NSBA’s 72nd Annual Conference in Boston, April 22.

The deadline for the “20 to Watch” is January 12 and the brief online submission form can be found here.

Districts who are current members of NSBA’s Technology Leadership Network are invited to share their district’s technology innovations for consideration as a TLN Salute District.

Districts are asked to describe highlights of their technology innovation across six categories and then highlight one or two specific technology-supported initiatives that they believe are making a significant difference in teaching and learning, district operations, and/or parental engagement and community outreach efforts.

The Salute program is less about “winning” or being the best, but more about serving as an excellent model that showcases how technology initiatives, when aligned with a district’s mission and effectively implemented, can result in positive outcomes.

The goal is to inspire other districts to start their own journey towards technology innovation or provide affirmation that others are already “on the right track” to success. One TLN Salute District will also be recognized during NSBA’s Annual Conference in Boston. Nomination forms can be found here. The deadline for the TLN Salute program is February 15.

Districts can only be “Saluted” once. Therefore, every few years NSBA recognizes a TLN member with the Trailblazer Award. This recognition is reserved for previous Salute Districts that have gone far beyond their first recognition. It was first given in 2002 to the Henrico County Public Schools in Richmond, Virginia, to acknowledge their leadership role in establishing the largest district laptop program in the nation.

In 2004, the Trailblazer honor went to Community Consolidated School District #15 in Palatine, Illinois, recognizing its special accomplishment as a Malcolm Baldrige Award winner.  Then in 2006 Calcasieu Parish Public Schools was recognized as a Trailblazer recipient as a result of the comprehensive technology planning that allowed the district to serve not only students and faculty, but their community at a time of crisis after Hurricane Rita. Township High School District 214 in Illinois was the last district to be recognized as Trailblazer in 2010. 

Not sure if your district has been as honored as a TLN Salute District? The full list can be found here.  If you feel your district has experienced an extraordinary accomplishment since your initial recognition as a TLN Salute district, please describe the new initiative in an e-mail to Ann Flynn.



Naomi Dillon|December 14th, 2011|Categories: Technology Leadership Network|Tags: , , , |

A trailblazer amongst technology leaders

As one of the three TLN Salute Districts named in 2000, Township High School District 214 in suburban Chicago, had already proven its committment to integrating technology throughout its schools and through its staff.

In the decade since, amidst new federal and state policies, new administrations and economic upheaval, District 214 has kept its focus on technology, even expanding its role in their system.

Technology, for instance, is infused in three of the district’s strategic goals, ensuring that technology integration is a visible and active part of what the district provides and provides for its students.

In more practical terms, it’s meant a continued presence in the curriuclum and classroom — from a revolutionary robotics program featuring no less than Motorola as a partner to a digital learning lab that enables students to learn new languages — as well as forays into the foundations and infrastructure of teaching and learning whether it be the standardized Learning Management System, instructional technology staff dedicated to each building or an accessible and forward-thinking technology department which developed an automated system to let parents know if their child is falling behind that week.

It’s for these reasons and more that NSBA’s Educational Technology Programs bestowed District 214 with this year’s Trailblazer Award, a distinction that can only be earned by former TLN Salute Districts, a distinction that hasn’t been conferred since 2006, when Calcasieu Parish Public Schools’s impressive technology planning in the aftermath of Hurricane Rita caught the attention of NSBA staff.

So a sincere congratulations to District 214 who will receive much deserved recognition at this year’s T+L Conference, which will be held from October 19-21 in Phoenix.

Naomi Dillon|September 9th, 2010|Categories: Conferences and Events, Educational Technology, NSBA Opinions and Analysis|Tags: , , , , |
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