Moving at the Speed of Creativity by Wesley Fryer

Nominate a tech-savvy superintendent

eSchoolNews is accepting nominations through December 1st for its 2007 Tech-Savvy Superintendent Awards. Consider nominating a deserving superintendent you know.

This was my nomination:

The leadership and vision of Jerry Vaughn continues to be pivotal as Floydada ISD has defined itself as one of the most innovative and successful small school districts in the United States. Serving a relatively high percentage of low SES students (86%), Floydada schools under the leadership of Superintendent Vaughn embarked upon a visionary journey of digitally immersed teaching and learning three years ago. After initial success of junior high school students and teachers in the state Technology Immersion Pilot (TxTIP) project involving digital curriculum and one to one learning environments for students and teachers in grades 6-8, Superintendent Vaughn provided leadership along with his board to extend the immersion project with LOCAL FUNDS (no grant dollars) to students and teachers at Floydada High School. Numerous indicators of student engagement and achievement have been up since these projects started, and much of the credit for these successes go to Superintendent Vaughn along with his motivated teaching staff. Without his vision and leadership, the students and teachers of Floydada ISD would not be where they are today: Well positioned with the tools and skills to thrive in the 21st century economy. Serving students in a relatively poor, rural school district, Floydada educators have shown that educational leadership and vision can rally community and regional support to overcome obstacles and provide exemplary learning opportunities which change lives for the better and open doors previously closed to both students and teachers.

My podcast interview with Jerry from September 2005 (“Educational Vision in Floydada ISD”) provides some additional background about Floydada and Jerry’s vision for teaching and learning there. I recently posted a rollout video to YouTube of Floydada’s initial laptop project at the JHS. This article on Apple’s education website also provides good background info.

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