CoSN Honors 2014 Technology Leadership Awardees

Keith Bockwoldt from Township High School District (IL) Wins CoSN’s CTO of the Year; Kent School District (WA) Wins School District Team Award
Washington, DC
Monday, March 24, 2014

Washington, DC (March 24, 2014) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) bestowed the association’s 2014 Withrow National Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Award on Keith Bockwoldt, CETL, Director of Technology Services for Township High School District 214 in Illinois, and its 2014 Team Award on Kent School District in Washington. Both honorees received the awards at CoSN’s 2014 Annual Conference for their exceptional, transformative K-12 education technology efforts and achievements.

“Technology’s impact on our schools, classrooms and students is only achievable through the daily visionary leadership and fierce commitment of school system leaders. Both Keith Bockwoldt and Kent School District continue to show what it takes to transform learning environments and advance professional development and student learning,” said Jean Tower, CoSN Chair, and Director of Technology, Public Schools of Northborough and Southborough in Massachusetts. “We commend their accomplishments with these distinguished awards, and hope others in education will follow their path in empowering teaching and learning through technology.” 

2014 Withrow CTO Award: Keith Bockwoldt, CETL, Township High School District 214 (IL)

At Township High School District 214, Bockwoldt designed the Educational Technology Replacement and Initiative Program (ETRIP), which set technology standards that align with the district’s three strategic goals. The strategic plan ensured that technology mirrored the district’s vision and would remain a part of the discussion. The district since has introduced a one-to-one program featuring 5,000 iPads for student use, which is paying dividends for the district’s learning environment. Bockwoldt, who earned CoSN’s rigorous CETL credential, has also enhanced learning at the educator level. In three years, he has expanded Township’s professional development through the District's Internal University program, allowing more than 400 staff members to earn graduate credit.

2014 Team Award: Kent School District (WA)

Across middle and high school grades, the Kent School District has adopted a one-to-one program, ensuring that over 12,000 students have access to instructional resources for anytime, anywhere learning. The program has produced a common classroom technology experience that enables instructional leaders to implement digital learning solutions district-wide and achieve high-impact learning. Kent keeps technology resources viable by replacing student and staff laptops every four years. In addition, the district is participating in dropout recovery efforts through iGrad, an individualized graduation and youth re-engagement program for students ages 16-21 that leverages technology to provide individualized learning targeted at graduation.

The district’s efforts extend beyond the classroom: It engages community stakeholders at multiple levels and uses technology resources to support these efforts through surveys, videos, websites, electronic newsletter subscriptions, and live events. The Kent School District has developed strong, sustained partnerships with local businesses, community-based organizations, and foundations to ensure their efforts remain a pillar of educational growth and achievement.

To learn more about CoSN’s Awards, please visit: www.cosn.org/awards.

About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)

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