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Skilling wins award for being 'tech-savvy' supt.

February 08, 2012 - It looks like Dr. William Skilling and technology go hand-in-hand.

eSchool News, a publication network of eSchool Media Inc., announced on Feb. 1 Skilling was a recipient of the Tech-Savvy Superintendent Award, which is award to the top 10 superintendents from coast to coast who best exemplify outstanding leadership and vision in using technology to advance their district's educational goals.

Chosen by the editors of eSchool News with help from last year's winners, the 2012 honorees were selected based on 10 "Hallmarks of Excellence."

"Research shows that technology can facilitate better teaching and learning, but only when used effectively," Dennis Pierce, editor of eSchool News, said.

"And that starts at the very top, with strong school district leadership. If you start with a clear vision for how to implement technology wisely, and you make sure your staff are well trained and supported, and you seek to transform instructional practices to leverage technology's full potential, then technology really can empower education. And that's what the winners of our annual Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards are doing," he added.

Winners of the award, which is sponsored by Global Scholar and JDL Horizons, will be honored in a ceremony held in conjunction with the Century Club 100 annual meeting at the American Association of School Administrators' annual conference in Houston Feb. 18.

The Century Club 100 is an honorary organization composed of superintendents from every state in the USA.

The ceremony's keynote speaker is renowned education consultant Alan November, who will discuss technology and today's superintendency.

Launched in 2001, the Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards Program honors K-12 chief executives who have displayed exemplary vision in their use of technology to further the goals of educating today's students and equip them with the 21st century skills.

Initially, superintendents are nominated by their colleagues and peers.

Once a field of hundreds of nominations are culled, the editors of eSN, along with past-years TSSA laureates, select the current cohort of 10 winners.

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