HENDERSON, NV – At the Learning Counsel’s Annual Gathering and National Awards event, 11 innovative schools and districts were recognized for their work to not only transform the way they teach, but for their management-level restructuring for digital delivery. This included the Logan City School District. Attendees at the event included top education executives from around the U.S., who gathered to acknowledge exemplary progress and discuss the latest systems, strategies, and tools to build a new model for K-12 education.
“The Learning Counsel National Gathering provided a unique opportunity to learn and network with outstanding educational technology leaders and industry experts,” said Dr. Karla Burkholder, Director of Instructional Technology at Schertz-Cibolo Universal City ISD. “The connections made and information shared will be invaluable to my staff and me on our journey to digital transformation. The timely presentations about cyber security, machine learning, personalized teacher professional development, the national industry view, and tools that are available to support teaching and learning will provide guidance for us in this seemingly ever-changing educational technology landscape.”
LeiLani Cauthen, the CEO and Publisher of the <a href=”http://prwithpanache.pr-optout.com/Tracking.aspx?Data=HHL%3d9%2b31%3c9-%3eLCE3%3b3%3c%2f%3d6-GLCE17.6&RE=MO&RI=1071255&Preview=False&DistributionActionID=14738&Action=Follow+Link” target=”_blank”>Learning Counsel</a>, shared that, while on the road this year visiting with school leaders in districts of every size across the country, she observed that all were in the midst of various aspects of software systems-level restructuring. Confusions over devices and buying technology were mostly over. Administrations were deep into finding better solutions to support teachers with full digital curriculum implementations and more sophisticated teacher professional development.
“While it was common to find districts with decently established infrastructure and computing devices, what is happening with teachers is far from well-executed with regards to software oversight,” said Cauthen. “By survey, teachers are still spending upwards of 25 percent of their time finding content and building custom lessons. In the meantime, technology and digital content collections continue to grow into realms that individual teachers and even school technology departments can’t keep up with—and the oversight to vet this content is questionable at best, in most cases. Luckily, I am finding most districts, such as our award winners here at the gathering, are beginning to get a handle on many of these challenges.”
The annual gathering was a chance for many school leaders and teams to be appropriately lauded for doing superlative work.
<strong>Logan City School District (Logan, UT):</strong> The district taking their transition all the way up to a changed personal learning dynamic across the institution’s structure using digital enhancement at every level. Awarded for their self-paced blended learning program, for online classes to free up student schedules for other activities, for credit recovery, and for blended learning in traditional classes. Their initiative, “Innovations Logan High School” is a self-paced blended learning program, offering students the opportunity to work through subject matter as needed for individual learning styles. All schools in the district are using digital curriculum in their growing one-to-one environment. Receiving the award were Educational and Technical Services Director David Long, Mount Logan High School Vice Principal Paul Wagner, Board of Education Vice President Lisa Hopkins, Board of Education President Kristie Cooley, and Business Administrator Jeff Barben.