Voting now open to determine 2018 NextGeneration Leaders

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Voting is now open for the next class of NextGeneration Leaders, a program to recognize exemplary individuals with a promising future in educational technology.

The education community, including school IT leaders, instructors, technology specialists and advocates, will have two weeks to weigh in on the next cohort of up-and-coming K-12 technology leaders.

Voting will be open from Monday, Jan. 22 through the end of the day on Monday, Feb. 5.

In total, EdScoop and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) — the organizations that produce and present the NextGen Leaders program, now in its third year — identified 28 semifinalists from nominations submitted between Dec. 12, 2017, and Jan. 8.

Together, the semifinalists, featured on the voting page with photos and short profiles, represent a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. Some come from small school districts with only a few thousand students, while others work in some of the nation’s largest, such as Los Angeles Unified School District and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in North Carolina. Some work in mostly rural areas in states like Montana and Iowa, while others work in inner-city schools. They are chief technology officers, directors of instructional technology, technology specialists and more.

The semifinalists themselves reflect some of the gender, ethnic and racial diversity seen in U.S. schools.

After voting closes on Feb. 5, five finalists will be recognized as the 2018 NextGen Leaders who are steering America’s schools toward a future where effective, innovative and technology-driven education is the norm.

“Building the capacity of school systems to lead a digital leap is the most essential ingredient in the successful use of technology to transform learning,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN. “And core to that capacity building is ensuring that we have a pipeline that builds next generation education technology leaders.”

This year’s NextGen Leaders will be announced and honored March 12 during CoSN’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. The finalists will also each be featured in an article on EdScoop.com.

To qualify for the program, candidates had to be employed by a K-12 school, district or education service agency; have worked five or fewer years as an education technology professional; and have demonstrated leadership in the schools and districts they serve. Individuals who are from, or who serve, underrepresented populations in technology — such as women; people of color; and those who work for rural, inner-city or low-income districts — were given additional consideration.

Last year, EdScoop and CoSN highlighted five rising stars, including a systems administrator from Wisconsin; a manager of instructional technology from Washington; a technology integration coordinator from Indiana; a supervisor of education technology for a Pennsylvania charter school; and a director of e-learning and curricular innovation from Indiana.

Click here to vote for the 2018 NextGen Leaders.

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