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Leading and Implementing Educational Technology Innovations: Hurdles, Accelerators, and Tech Enablers
Monday, April 10, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Presented by Scott Borba, Superintendent, Le Grand Union Elementary School District (CA); Todd Dugan, Superintendent, Bunker Hill CUSD 8 (IL); and Dr. Kelly May-Vollmar, Superintendent, Desert Sands Unified School District (CA)
Moderated by Ann McMullan, Project Director, CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) EmpowerED Superintendents Initiative
Through its annual Driving K-12 Innovation series, CoSN, in partnership with AASA, continues its commitment to sharing high-quality trend reports that support the use of emerging technologies in K-12 education. The 2023 Driving K-12 Innovation report identifies current hurdles schools may face when it comes to leveraging technology for innovation. Additionally, the report describes the latest trends and new technologies that can accelerate and enable the effective and impactful use of technology in K-12 schools.
Three superintendents who served on the international committee that researched and produced the CoSN 2023 Driving K-12 Innovation report are the featured guest panelists on this edLeader Panel. Each superintendent describes how the Hurdles, Accelerators, and Tech Enablers specified in the report manifest themselves in their school districts. The superintendents also share the strategies they have implemented to overcome the Hurdles as well as leverage the Accelerators and Tech Enablers that are included in the report in order to maximize technology innovations within their school districts. Viewers of this session learn how they can leverage the information included in the 2023 Driving K-12 Innovation report to lead and implement technology innovations within their own K-12 education settings.
This recorded edLeader Panel is of particular value to superintendents, K-12 school and district leaders, and aspiring school leaders.
About the Presenters
Scott Borba proudly and passionately serves the community of Le Grand, CA as the Superintendent/Principal of Le Grand Union Elementary School District. Scott has been recognized as the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) 2021 Superintendent/Principal of the Year and National Distinguished Principal from the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) in 2017. In addition to his work as a school and community leader, Scott teaches school law at California State University, Stanislaus, and serves on various boards including the CSU Center for the Advancement of Reading, CS is Elementary, and the board of directors for NAESP. Scott advocates on behalf of students in Sacramento and Washington D.C. as Vice President of Legislative Action for his local ACSA charter. Scott believes in empowering students inside and outside of the classroom in order to provide them with the opportunities to pursue their passions and dreams, especially in the STEM fields.
Todd Dugan is the proud Superintendent of Bunker Hill CUSD 8 located in Bunker Hill, Illinois. A rural, distant district in downstate Illinois, Bunker Hill is in the midst of digital conversion to a 1:1 device environment while simultaneously changing both the pedagogy and the learning environment to more accurately address the learning styles of the digital native generation. A 2017 Tech & Learning Leader of the Year, the 2018 Illinois State University EAF Superintendent of the Year, and the 2022 IASBO (IL Association of School Business Officials) Lighthouse Award Winner, Todd has presented and published numerous times on 21st century education and disrupting inequity, digital and otherwise.
Dr. Kelly May-Vollmar began serving as Desert Sands USD Superintendent on July 1, 2022. Dr. May-Vollmar has served as Assistant Superintendent of Educational and Technology Devices in Desert Sands since 2019. Over the past 18 years, she has served in various roles, including elementary school principal, academic coach and IB coordinator, and classroom teacher. Dr. May-Vollmar was recognized as the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Technology Administrator of the Year in 2019 and was instrumental in the district’s innovative LTE network build project, which provided equitable broadband connectivity to students throughout the district’s 752-square-mile attendance zone. She is actively involved in several professional organizations including serving on the board of directors for the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). She received her doctorate in organizational leadership from the University of La Verne. Her master’s degree in teaching is from Chapman University where she also earned her undergraduate degree.
About the Host
Ann McMullan is Project Director for CoSN’s EmpowerED Superintendents Initiative. Ann served as Executive Director for Educational Technology in Klein ISD near Houston, Texas until September 2013, when she and her family moved to Los Angeles, California. For 16 years Ann led the district team that provided professional development on technology and 21st century instructional strategies to 4,000 educators serving 50,000 students. She was co-chair of the Texas Education Technology Advisory Committee which developed the Texas Long Range Plan for Technology.
Today, Ann works as a public speaker, writer, and consultant focused on leadership to meet the needs of today’s students. Ann serves on the edWeb.net Advisory Board, ClassLink’s Senior Advisors Group, and is a founding member of ERDI’s EdLeader Alliance. She also volunteers as a leadership consultant with Executive Service Corps of Southern California, serving non-profit associations. Ann is co-author of Life Lessons in Leadership, available on Amazon.com.
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AASA is the premier association for school system leaders and serves as the national voice for public education and district leadership on Capitol Hill.
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.
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