Cypress-Fairbanks ISD Associate Superintendent Harold Rowe Recipient of CoSN’s 2012 Withrow Award

Recognized for Leading District-wide Classroom Innovation
Washington, DC
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Washington, DC (March 7, 2012) – The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) today announced that Harold Rowe, the Associate Superintendent for Technology and School Services at Houston, TX-based Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD), is the winner of its 2012 Withrow Award. Rowe was honored for his visionary leadership in leveraging technology to transcend education throughout the district.
“In over two decades under Harold’s guidance, from the laptop program to exhaustive community outreach, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD’s technology solutions have created a true 21st century learning environment. We applaud Harold for his exemplary efforts and continued leadership. He is an inspiration for the education community,” commented Keith R. Krueger, CoSN CEO.
As the head of CFISD’s technology efforts for 21 years, Rowe has implemented several instructional and administrative technology projects. Recently, he implemented a 1:1 “go home” laptop program, which provided laptops to 7,500 high school juniors in 11 Cypress-Fairbanks high schools and gave students an online learning environment in their U.S. history courses. Rowe also helped integrate interactive white boards and projectors across the district and a distance learning setup on each campus. In addition, Rowe encouraged CFISD to transition from paper assets to a digital data warehouse, resulting in district-wide cost savings, more efficient data storage and improved access to educational data.
According to Mark Henry, CFISD superintendent of schools, “Customer service is a mantra by which Mr. Rowe leads his team, and his customer is clearly the CFISD student. Equipping students, who are 21st century digital natives with the technical skills and knowledge necessary to be successful in their post-high school endeavors, has been intrinsic to his professional mission. Passing the test of a true leader, Rowe is always willing to mentor and guide other administrators who mirror his loyal dedication to student success. There isn’t a more deserving recipient of the Withrow Award.”
Rowe’s work extends beyond school walls. As co-chair of an Instructional Technology Committee, he helped lead four successful bond elections, where the community supported $165 million in technology bonds to benefit CFISD students. He and his team members also leveraged a web service designed to increase school safety and encouraged the support of a Virtual Volunteer program to help volunteers communicate, manage events and record hours served. In addition, through a partnership among CFISD, the Cypress-Fairbanks Houston Chamber of Commerce, the City of Jersey Village, and Time Warner, Rowe and his team helped establish a 24-hour public access district television station called CFTV. The station airs district-related programs to assist classroom instruction and keep community members up to speed on local news and events.
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Sponsored by, the award is named for Frank Withrow, a pioneer of education technology who served for many years as a member of the CoSN Board.
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