We are searching for innovative educators throughout the learning community who have an innate curiosity about emerging technologies; who think about how those technologies might effectively be applied to enhance learning and support their district’s operations and outreach; and most important, who have inspired their colleagues to join them on the innovation journey.
Some districts have had the benefits of charismatic technology directors or superintendents, or even enthusiastic tech champions on the school board. Unfortunately, when these individuals leave, their initiatives often wither. Likewise, the most creative, dedicated, tech-savvy classroom educator rarely has enough power to influence systemic change across an entire district. Suggestions that creating a rich 21st century learning environment can simply be mandated from the top, contemplated in the boardroom, or eventually bubble up from the grassroots reflect a lack of understanding about how policy, practice, and infrastructure intersect.
The school board is charged with engaging the community to establish a shared vision of the desired learning outcomes for students. Principal Robert Dillon from Maplewood, Mo., and one of this year’s honorees, described how his board supports technology: “It is essential that the school board members serve this role of storytellers and spokespeople to build deep roots of trust in the community.” The implementation of that clear vision should be reflected in the technology decisions made by the superintendent and his/her leadership team.
We need your help. Please recommend change agents within the learning community who understand the impact of Digipreneurship and are not afraid to give students a global education.