Cleburne ISD Superintendent Dr. Kyle Heath was honored Tuesday night in Austin as the Texas Computer Education Association 2018 Administrator of the Year.
It was a big night of recognitions for Cleburne, as the members of the CISD Board of Trustees received the TCEA School Board of the Year Award.
Both honors were presented for outstanding service to the advancement of technology in education. The District was notified in December that its governing board would be honored by TCEA, and that Heath was a finalist in the administrator of the year nomination process. The awards were presented in conjunction with the TCEA annual convention and expo.
Tracy Shea, CISD secondary instructional technology and multimedia specialist, and a member of TCEA, submitted the nominations for both award recognitions.
“Dr. Heath is an inspiring and passionate leader,” Shea said. “He knows how to put people and resources into action to make things happen. Beginning with his first days with Cleburne ISD, his focus was the district and its needs. Soon conversions ensued about going 1:1, in providing each student with a mobile device, and developing the resources to make this happen.”
The passage of Bond 2016 by voters including a technology component to provide students in grades 6-12 with Chromebooks for use at school and home. The deployment of devices began in January of 2017.
“Dr. Heath led the District’s technology leadership team to develop policies, procedures, parent meetings and student assemblies to ensure that a robust and productive rollout of the Chromebooks would occur,” Shea said. “Thankfully, teachers and students have taken hold of the technology and are using it at a level that exceeds the initial expectations of those in leadership and in the community. Dr. Heath’s leadership has been the driving force behind this 1:1 movement.”
The District’s efforts to create digital classrooms in all grade levels has since expanded to the elementary campuses. Shea said the support of the Board of Trustees reflects the technology improvements and advancements that have been made on all CISD campuses.
“Cleburne school board members want our students to have consistent access to current technology to ensure the education that we are providing reflects today’s 21st century standards,” Shea said. “They want our students ready, and conditioned, for a tech-infused postsecondary education.”
On Thursday, four members of CISD’s instructional technology team will be presenting a session on Cleburne’s 1:1 initiative to TCEA conference attendees. TCEA is a member-based organization supporting the use of technology in education. The 17,000-member association includes elementary, secondary and post-secondary educators and instructional technologists dedicated to increasing technology funding and access to students in Pre-K through college while supporting educators in the field who are enhancing curriculum with digital tools.
Cleburne ISD Superintendent Dr. Kyle Heath has been honored as the 2018 Administrator of the Year by the Texas Computer Education Association. The award was presented during evening ceremonies Tuesday in Austin at the TCEA convention and expo. (Courtesy Photo)
Cleburne ISD Trustees John Finnell, Elizabeth Childress, June Bates, DeAnna King and Teddy Martyniuk were in Austin Tuesday to receive the Texas Computer Education Association 2018 School Board of the Year Award. The board, which also includes Wendell Dempsey and Mike Witte, was honored for its outstanding service to the advancement of technology in education. (Courtesy Photo)