Indiana digital learning champion named SETDA state leader of the year

Candice Dodson received national recognition this week winning the State Education Technology Directors Association highest annual award.

A former elementary school teacher who helped advance the use of digital media in the state of Indiana was named “State Leader of the Year” by a national trade group.

Candice Dodson, Director of e-Learning for the Indiana Department of Education, was named the 2016 recipient of the SETDA State Leader of the Year Award, awarded by the State Education Technology Directors Association during a national leadership summit held this week in National Harbor, Maryland.

“Candice is a tireless leader both for Indiana and for SETDA,” said Tracy Weeks, executive director of SETDA. “This includes traveling across her state to deliver the Summer of E-Learning professional development to Indiana educators and advocating for access to e-learning with state policy makers,” Weeks said.

“Candice…has touched all of us with spirit, kindness and out-of-the-box thinking. She is a fearless advocate for education who gets involved, speaks up, and enthusiastically shares innovative ways to collaborate at all levels,” said SETDA board member and previous SLY Award winner, Peter Drescher, education technology coordinator, Vermont Agency of Education.


Over the past 20 years, Dodson has served as a teacher, media specialist, curriculum and technology integration specialist, central office administrator and as an assistant principal. She played leading roles in implementing a 6-12th grade one-to-one initiative, developing leadership programs for district administrators and expanded professional development programs for state districts.

As Indiana’s director of eLearning, she currently leads digital learning initiatives across the state of Indiana that have served as models for other states, including the Summer of eLearning conferences, Admin Academies and Digital Learning Grants, according to SETDA colleagues.

SETDA officials noted Dodson’s strong understanding of technology integration has laid the groundwork for baseline standards and expectations at the state level. Dodson currently serves as the 2016-2017 board chair of SETDA.

Wyatt Kash

Written by Wyatt Kash

Wyatt Kash is an award-winning editor and journalist who has been following government IT trends for the past decade. He joined Scoop News Group in June 2014, as Vice President of Content Strategy, where he heads up the company's content strategy and editorial product development. Prior to joining SNG, Mr. Kash served as Editor of , where he developed content and community relations for the government technology market, covering big data, cloud computing, cybersecurity, enterprise architecture, mobile technology, open government and leadership trends. Previously, he co-led an AOL start team, where he helped create, launch, manage and market an online news platform, featuring advanced social media strategies, aimed at government, defense and technology industry executives. Mr. Kash has also held positions with The Washington Post Co. and subsequently 1105 Media, as Editor-in-Chief of and , where he directed editorial strategy and content operations for print, online, and mobile products and industry events. Contact the writer at or on Twitter at @wyattkash.

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