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

DashBoard, March 11, 2015

The National School Boards Association’s Technology Leadership Network recently announced its “20 to Watch” honorees for 2014-2015, including a director/assistant principal 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 the kind of exciting innovations that exist throughout America’s public schools. These teachers and administrators, with support from their school boards, share a vision for learning that will prepare students for future success,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA’s Executive Director. “These inspirational pioneers are having a positive impact on the districts they serve.”

Included in this recognition is Bernie Osebold, Director of Technology and Assistant Principal at New Haven Community Schools. He leads by example, showing colleagues how technology can save time, increase productivity, and enhance both teaching and student achievement. He championed the district's 1:1 pilot program; took on the task of professional development for new teachers; and launched a Student Technology Internship Program that assists with equipment maintenance and repairs while providing students with credit toward graduation.

Ann Flynn, NSBA’s director of education technology, shared that common characteristics across honorees include their willingness to take risks, share learnings with colleagues and inspire others to believe that they can effectively use technology too. “Their voices and experience will inform local, district and state approaches to education technology decisions for years to come,” Flynn said.

Ann Flynn, NSBA’s Director of Education Technology shared that a common goal among honorees is their desire to embrace tools that help them engage each student in the joy of learning; willingness to mentor colleagues; and an understanding that lasting change requires a degree of risk-taking. “Their accomplishments serve as examples that can inform local, district and state approaches to education technology decisions in the future.”

This is the ninth year of the NSBA “20 to Watch” program, created in 2006. This year’s honorees are being recognized at the 2015 Consortium for School Networking Conference on March 16 in Atlanta, along with a TLN-hosted luncheon at NSBA’s 2015 Annual Conference in Nashville later this month. TechSmith Corporation is sponsoring the celebration events and is providing software scholarships to the honorees.

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