Vote for your favorite NextGeneration Leader!


The polls are now open to vote for the “NextGeneration Leaders” in school technology.

School leaders, teachers and IT supporters across the country will have from Feb. 1 through Feb. 19 to cast their vote for some of America’s rising educational technology leaders of tomorrow.

There are 29 semifinalists selected from a nationwide call for nominations to recognize the instructional and innovative school tech officers who make the most impact on students and teachers, and who have reinvented their roles and responsibilities for the 21st century.

The program, hosted by the Consortium for School Networking and co-sponsored by EdScoop, will recognize the top leaders at a special luncheon during CoSN’s annual conference in April, when the winners will be announced.

“CoSN’s NextGeneration Leadership Program gives school districts the opportunity to formally recognize the accomplishments and potential of their future leaders,” said CoSN CEO Keith Krueger. “With EdScoop’s support, we are committed to advancing the skills of tomorrow’s leaders and celebrating their promise at the CoSN Conference in April.”

In order to qualify for the competitive program, candidates had to be currently employed by a K-12 school, district or education service agency; have worked five or fewer years as an education technology professional; demonstrated leadership in the schools and districts they serve; and, preferably, hail from or serve underrepresented schools or populations.

The semifinalists represent school and district technology leaders from all over the country, from both small and large, rural and urban districts. They are technology directors, virtual education specialists, heads of innovative learning, blended learning specialists and tech integration coordinators.

But they all have something in common — they go above and beyond in serving their schools and districts, finding the best app, device, software, hardware and program that can best enhance the learning and teaching already happening in classrooms.

There is the elementary instructional technology specialist who returned to work for the same Texas district she attended as a student. There is the blended learning specialist who introduced the first Girls Who Code program in Rhode Island. And then there is the instructional technology specialist in Georgia who developed a unique curriculum for a new Music Technology course and incorporated blended learning into her Spanish courses — all while undergoing chemotherapy treatments.

“For school systems to make a successful digital leap, they must develop the capacity of their future district technology leaders,” Krueger said.

Voting closes at midnight on Feb. 19. Cast your vote now!

Check out our profiles of other school and district CTOs:

Pete Just

Steve Langford

Michelle Murphy

Aileen Owens

Scott Smith

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