CoSN Honors Hampton Township School District’s Ed McKaveney and Former Joplin Schools’ Traci House

McKaveney Named 2013 Withrow Award Winner for Championing Ed Tech; House Named Special Award Winner for IT Crisis Preparedness
San Diego, CA
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Washington, DC (March 13, 2013) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today named Hampton Township School District (PA) Technology Director Ed McKaveney the association’s 2013 Withrow Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Award recipient and presented former Joplin Schools (MO) Technology Director Traci House with a special information and technology crisis preparedness award. Named in honor of Frank Withrow, a pioneer and champion of the uses of technology in K-12 education, the annual Withrow CTO Award recognizes McKaveney for leveraging technology throughout the district and community to advance teaching and learning. House, who now works for the Nevada Department of Education, received recognition for her tireless leadership in rebuilding and safeguarding Joplin Schools’ technology infrastructure following a devastating tornado. The awards were presented at CoSN’s 2013 Annual Conference in San Diego, CA.

McKaveney, who is one of the first technology professionals nationwide to receive CoSN’s Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) Certification, has led efforts to create a powerful learning shift at each level in Hampton Township School District. He helped shape a mobile applications course curriculum and related professional development and authored a $20,000 science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) grant awarded to the district in June 2012, enabling Hampton Township to purchase impactful technology resources. He also led the adoption of Google Apps for Education services for all educators and students in grades six through 12 and spearheaded updates to the district’s bullying, Internet safety, personal device and acceptable use technology policies. The latter policies allowed the district’s high school to implement a Bring Your Own Device Program, creating a modernized learning environment.

McKaveney’s efforts also reach into the community. He works with the area’s police department to provide Internet safety and security presentations to educators, parents and students throughout the Pittsburgh region. In addition, he partners with local universities to provide mentoring, instructional and research opportunities for students and educators.

“Whether by working with other district leaders or community partners, Ed displays the leadership needed to establish an effective and safe digital learning environment. He is a very worthy recipient of this year’s Withrow Award, and we welcome this opportunity to honor his contributions to the education technology community,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of CoSN.

In addition to the Withrow Award, CoSN honored Traci House, formerly of Joplin Schools, with a special award for IT crisis preparedness. After a deadly tornado in Joplin, MO, caused unthinkable destruction – from damaged buildings to a paralyzed technology network – House, in just 86 days until the schools’ reopening, helped rebuild a digital network that will withstand future crises. Working with other district leaders and public and private partners, House spearheaded the purchase and implementation of a one-to-one initiative in the high school, which comprised redesigning the district’s wireless and bandwidth needs to accommodate the more than 2,000 new laptops. In addition, she and her peers incorporated professional development, enhancing the role of educators in the 21st century learning environment. The modernized infrastructure has increased student engagement and attendance and transformed the teaching and learning experience. 

House’s leadership reached beyond classroom walls and school doors. She worked closely with area businesses, played a vital role on the district’s leadership team and served on several leadership committees to address the technological issues throughout the district. She also supported the schools’ Bright Futures program, which strengthens community engagement with students and their families. 

“Despite unimaginable circumstances in Joplin, Traci possessed the foresight and determination to build a 21st century educational setting from the ground up. We are inspired to recognize her brave leadership, accomplishments and devotion to K-12 ed tech,” said Nick Mirisis, Director, Marketing and Business Development, SchoolDude.com.

CoSN today also recognized Houston Independent School District (TX) Chief Information Officer (CIO), and former Katy Independent School District (TX) CIO, Lenny Schad as the 2013 Withrow Award Honorable Mention. The Withrow Award is sponsored by SchoolDude. For additional information about the CoSN awards program, including past honorees, please visit: www.cosn.org/Awards.

About the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
CoSN is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders. The mission of CoSN is to empower educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments. Visit www.cosn.org or phone 866.267.8747 to find out more about CoSN’s Leadership Initiatives, annual conference and events, policy and advocacy, membership, and resources.
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