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The Learning Counsel Awards and Honors 11 School Districts for their Digital Curriculum Transition Strategies

The annual Gathering celebrated innovation in teaching and learning and brought together ed-tech executives to set new goals for 2018

(Henderson, NV) November 29, 2017 – At the Learning Counsel’s Annual Gathering and National Awards event, 11 innovative schools and districts were recognized for their work to not only transform the way they teach but for their management-level restructuring for digital delivery. Attendees at the event included top education executives from around the U.S., who gathered to acknowledge exemplary progress and discuss the latest systems, strategies and tools to build a new model for K-12 education.

“The Learning Counsel National Gathering provided a unique opportunity to learn and network with outstanding educational technology leaders and industry experts,” said Dr. Karla Burkholder, Director of Instructional Technology at Schertz-Cibolo Universal City ISD. “The connections made and information shared will be invaluable to my staff and me on our journey to digital transformation. The timely presentations about cyber security, machine learning, personalized teacher professional development, the national industry view, and tools that are available to support teaching and learning will provide guidance for us in this seemingly ever-changing educational technology landscape.”

LeiLani Cauthen, the CEO and Publisher of the Learning Counsel, shared that, while on the road this year visiting with school leaders in districts of every size across the country, she observed that all were in the midst of various aspects of software systems-level restructuring. Confusions over devices and buying technology were mostly over. Administrations were deep into finding better solutions to support teachers with full digital curriculum implementations and more sophisticated teacher professional development.

“While it was common to find districts with decently established infrastructure and computing devices, what is happening with teachers is far from well-executed with regards to software oversight,” said Cauthen. “By survey, teachers are still spending upwards of 25% of their time finding content and building custom lessons. In the meantime, technology and digital content collections continue to grow into realms that individual teachers and even school technology departments can’t keep up with—and the oversight to vet this content is questionable at best, in most cases. Luckily, I am finding most districts, such as our award winners here at the Gathering, are beginning to