Each year, the Center for Digital Education (CDE) recognizes the Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers across the country. Individuals are chosen for their leadership and innovation in meeting the individual needs of each student through the use of 21st century learning tools in their classroom, schools, and districts. These educators bring forward new ideas, collaborative initiatives, and a willingness to embrace the unknown in order to transform learning in the classroom.
At Apex Learning, we've had the pleasure of working very closely two of the award recipients, John Keller, Director of eLearning in the Metropolitan School District of Warren Township in Indiana, and Kathy Moffitt, Program Administrator in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District (Mat-Su) in Alaska. Both have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to increasing student achievement by spearheading blended and virtual learning programs designed to create equitable and inclusive learning environments in their districts.
Keller's impact is felt across all levels of staff, teachers and students throughout Warren Township. After leading a 1:1 initiative that provided every student in the district with a Chromebook, he remains focused on ensuring all teachers are trained on how to integrate technology effectively into the classroom. Keller's goal is to ensure that teachers are empowered to provide each student with a personalized learning experience.
Read about the 1:1 Implementation in Warren Township
Within Mat-Su, Kathy Moffitt began and continues to lead programs designed to provide students with access to rigorous, standards based instruction while eliminating the logistical barriers to high quality education. By leveraging digital curriculum, students in rural Alaska have the same educational opportunities as the district's urban and suburban students. Now in the third year of implementation, Moffitt remains focused on collaborating with district administrators to increase the graduation rate, providing academic options to students unable to attend school, expanding course offerings, and providing teachers with additional resources to support student learning.