Michigan Administrator Included in NSBA’s “20 to Watch” Education Technology Leaders

DashBoard, March 9, 2016

The National School Boards Association’s Technology Leadership Network recently announced its “20 to Watch” honorees for 2015-2016, including an assistant superintendent from Michigan. These distinctive education leaders from across the country are being recognized for their ability to inspire colleagues to explore and embrace innovative technology solutions that contribute to high-quality instruction and support more personalized learning experiences for students.

“This year’s '20 to Watch' honorees highlight how formal and informal professional networks help them identify and share the innovative approaches that are truly making a difference,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director. “Showcasing the initiatives of these educators can help other district leaders identify where there might be opportunities for new approaches in their own communities to address the digital-use divide identified in the U.S. Department of Education’s National Education Technology Plan. These teachers and administrators, with support from their school boards, share a vision for learning that will prepare students for future success.”

Included in this recognition is Luke Wittum, Assistant Superintendent-Technology and Media Services at Genesee ISD. Complex technology projects, such as the development of a statewide educational network to ensure Michigan students have access to the bandwidth needed to support classroom initiatives; expanded use of online learning for students and educators, and delivery of online assessments; broad-based technology purchasing strategies; and a host of other capacity-building efforts have been positively impacted by Wittum's leadership and involvement.

This is the 10th year of NSBA’s “20 to Watch” program, created in 2006 to identify emerging leaders who would be helping to shape the national conversation about education technology for the next 20 years. “As we hoped when this recognition was established, many previous honorees are indeed moving into leadership positions and are redefining traditional notions about learning as a result of their experiences with technology,” said Ann Flynn, NSBA Director of Education Technology.

This year’s honorees will be recognized during the 2016 Consortium for School Networking Conference on April 4 in Washington, D.C., and at the TLN-hosted luncheon during NSBA’s 2016 Annual Conference on April 8 in Boston. TechSmith Corporation continues to provide generous support for the “20 to Watch” celebration events. View the full press release on the NSBA website.

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