I am pleased to inform you that you have been selected as one of the National School Boards Association’s “20 to Watch” educators for the 2012-2013 school year. This special recognition was launched as one of the 20th-anniversary events at NSBA’s 2006 T+L Conference to identify emerging leaders who will be helping to shape the world of education technology for the next 20 years… This year’s honorees were recognized at the 2013 Consortium for School Networking (CoSN13) Conference on March 11th, in San Diego. The CoSN Conference for 2013 was titled, Audacious Leadership; a conversation about moving beyond dreams to realize the vision, achieve ambitious goals, inspire others to trust the direction, and move forward to implement plans. Tech Smith graciously sponsored the “20 to Watch Program” and treated us like royalty, thank you, Doug O’Brien. The common thread throughout the conference was not merely change or shifts, but rather to flip. It was stressed that the utmost necessity is to take a risk, fail, and learn. It was suggested that what is needed in education is to move fast and break things.
The opening plenary referenced what Michael Fullan calls the moral imperative of an educational leader. Speakers Lord David Puttnam and Punya Mishra were moderated by Cheryl Lemke and very graciously they agreed to disagree. The concurrent sessions were many and hard to choose from. The universal message was about serious professional development; one phrase that stayed with me was: know, act, share. We were reminded that Doug Englebart had this concept, of 21st-century computing, all figured out back in 1945 and we should have started planning long ago for today! Another big impression left upon on me was the concept that 95% of our students do follow the rules and why block access for all and impede the opportunity for personalized learning when it is possible to deal with the 5% who don’t.
It is everyone’s duty to press harder and harness the power of digital devices, both in and out of school. We need to teach what these kids are going to need as global citizens in this new world. We need to encourage collaboration, critical thinking, and communication as well as the worth of risk taking. We have much work ahead of us, but I am confident that we have NO CHOICE!
This snapshot of the conference is dedicated to the Ann Flynn and the NSBA’s other 20 to Watch honorees. Pease knows that I am truly honored to be part of such a dynamic group of educators. Let us carry back our enthusiasm and encourage others to stand proud and help them celebrate their own successes with technology. Most importantly we need to encourage 21st-century pedagogy today, at any price, or we are seriously neglecting our students’ tomorrows.
My New Colleagues:
Andrew Chlup, Director of Technology, Vail Unified School District, Ariz.
Keith Bockwoldt, Director of Technology Services, Township High School District 214, Ill.
Ann Linson, Superintendent, East Noble School Corporation, Ind.
Theresa Shafer, Online Community Manager, New Tech Network, Ind.
Kelly Williams, Teacher, USD 115 Nemaha Central Schools, Nemaha Valley High School, Kan.
Ed Bonhaus, Technology Integration Specialist, Kenton County School District, Ky.
Dr. Robert Dillon, Principal, Maplewood Richmond Heights School District, Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School, Mo.
Jhone M. Ebert, Chief Technology Officer, Clark County School District, Nev.
Jeanine Gottko, Master Technology Teacher, Westfield Public Schools, N.J.
Kenneth Zushma, Technology, Design and Pre-Engineering Teacher, Livingston Public Schools, Heritage Middle School, N.J.
Jenny M. Buccos, Executive Director & Founder, ProjectExplorer.org, N.Y.
Jayme Linton, Director of Teacher Education, Lenoir-Rhyne University, N.C.
Jeremy Shorr, Educational Technologist, Mentor Public Schools, Ohio
Dr. L. Robert Furman, Principal, South Park School District, South Park Elementary Center, Pa.
Thomas Stauffer, Director of Technology Services, Dallastown Area School District, Pa.
Dr. Christopher Craft, Teacher, School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties, CrossRoads Middle School, S.C.
Stephanie Green, Assistant Director Educational Technology/Director Library Services, Klein Independent School District, Texas
Todd Nesloney, Fifth Grade Teacher, Waller Independent School District, Fields Store Elementary, Texas
London Jenks, Science Teacher/Director of Technology, Hot Springs County School District 1, Thermopolis High School, Wyo.