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Technology in Rural Schools: Sustaining Initiatives

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Technology in Rural Schools: Sustaining Initiatives

Presented by Andy Arnold, Chief Technology Officer, Bristol Tennessee City Schools, TN; Denise Atkinson-Shorey, CEO, e-Luminosity; and Dr. Tracy Daniel-Hardy, Director of Technology, Gulfport School District, MS
Hosted by Dr. Beth Holland, Digital Equity and Rural Project Director, CoSN

Co-hosted by CoSN and

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watch the third edWebinar of the Technology in Rural Schools series. CoSN’s Beth Holland hosts Andy Arnold, Chief Technology Officer of Bristol Tennessee City Schools; Denise Atkinson-Shorey, CEO of e-Luminosity; and Dr. Tracy Daniel-Hardy, Director of Technology at Gulfport School District, who discuss the challenge of sustaining technology initiatives in rural schools and systems. Sustainable programs plan for replacement cycles, infrastructure upgrades, and additional purchases beyond the initial capital investment. Additionally, as teachers discover new ways to leverage technology with their students, a sustainable program can adapt to meet increased demand. In this edWebinar, these three leaders discuss the ways that they have ensured the sustainability of the initiatives that they support.

This recorded edWebinar will be of particular value to superintendents, assistant superintendents, district technology leaders, and school leaders in rural schools.


Andy ArnoldAbout the Presenters

Andy Arnold is the Chief Technology Officer for Bristol Tennessee City Schools. He has over 24 years of educational experience as a teacher, coach, Director of Technology, and Chief Technology Officer. Mr. Arnold has been a longstanding member of the Tennessee Educational Technology Association, serving as Regional President in 2010 and 2014 and as the Chairman for the State Board of Directors from 2014-2016, and as CoSN Liaison from 2017-present. He was named regional Member of the Year in 2010 and 2015 and was awarded the ISTE Making IT Happen award in 2016. He attended Appalachian State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Technology Education, was a four-year letterman in Football, and was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Mr. Arnold also attended Union College where earned his Master of Arts in Educational Leadership.


Denise Atkinson ShoreyDenise Atkinson-Shorey is a senior education and telecommunications professional with over 30 years of success at the local, state and national levels. She has served in a variety of leadership roles; running a statewide broadband initiative for schools, libraries, and other community anchor institutions, managing regional technical organizations, national consultancies, successful grant writing, public policy and advocacy, nonprofit board work and corporate sector expertise. In addition to her work at e-Luminosity, Ms. Atkinson-Shorey served for the past 8 years on the Board for Schools, Healthcare and Libraries for Broadband Coalition (SHLB), is a past board member for Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and an Advisory Board Member for Internet2’s Community Anchor Program. She currently serves as a board member for Colorado Leaders of Education Technology (CALET) and is the Colorado Educational Broadband Coalition(CEBC).


Tracy Daniel-HardyDr. Tracy Daniel-Hardy is the Director of Technology for Gulfport School District in Gulfport, Mississippi. Dr. Hardy has over 20 years of experience as an educator in various capacities including teacher, guidance counselor, and instructional technology specialist. Dr. Hardy is a member of Mississippi Educational Computing Association (immediate past president), the Mississippi Department of Education’s Technology Advisory Committee, Mississippi Educational Technology Leaders Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and many other civic and community organizations. Dr. Hardy was the recipient of the 2019 Success Women’s Conference Volunteer of the Year Award, 2018 PowHER Education Award, 2017 NAACP (Gulfport Branch) Educator Award, 2016 Alcorn State University National Alumni Association Professional Achievement Award, the Lighthouse Business and Professional Women 2014 Woman of the Year Award, and the first recipient of the Blessed Gyrls Rock Diamond Award. Dr. Hardy champions causes and movements within her affiliated organizations that promote and encourage equity specifically for children, women, people of color, and others who are disenfranchised and/or under represented.


Beth HollandAbout the Host

Dr. Beth Holland serves as Digital Equity and Rural Project Director for the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). Over the past 20 years, she has taught in K-12 classrooms, served as Director of Academic Technology in a PS-8 independent school, designed professional learning programs for schools around the world, and developed leadership programs to support systemic change. Additionally, she is a prolific writer, researcher, and speaker. Dr. Holland holds an Education Doctorate (Ed.D.) in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education from Johns Hopkins University, a master’s degree (Ed.M.) in Technology, Innovation, and Education from Harvard University, as well as a bachelor’s degree (B.S.) in Communications from Northwestern University.


Join the Tech for Rural Districts community to network with educators, participate in online discussions, receive invitations to upcoming edWebinars, and view recordings of previous programs to earn CE certificates.

CoSN CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. CoSN provides thought leadership resources, community, best practices and advocacy tools to help leaders succeed in the digital transformation. CoSN represents over 13 million students in school districts nationwide and continues to grow as a powerful and influential voice in K-12 education.


Tuesday, March 24, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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