The SETDA State Leader of the Year (SLY) Award is given annually to recognize an active SETDA member who has exhibited outstanding leadership by advancing education in his/her state through the use of technology, by collaborating with peers through SETDA initiatives and affecting positive change for the association and its members, and by furthering SETDA’s mission by engaging with the broader education community at the regional, national, or international levels.
Jeff Mao, Maine Department of Education (2013)
Director, Learning Technology Policy
Maine Department of Education
Jeff Mao is the 2013 recipient of the SETDA State Leader of the Year Award. He served as SETDA Board Chair for two years and was on the board for two terms (6 years). Jeff’s vision while serving as the Board Chair and as a Board member was very reflective of his commitment to SETDA. Some of the many accomplishments that SETDA accomplished during his two terms on the Board were the -
- Development of a new SETDA strategic plan which included driving its implementation with new logo/branding, bylaws amendments, budget process, and renewed focus on governance practices
- Release of three major SETDA reports – Broadband Imperative, Digital and Open content, and Data Interoperability
- Release of the State Ed Policy Center, a state-by-state compilation of policies and practices now available in a searchable database
Jeff was and continues to be an exceptional technology leader in his home state of Maine. His leadership and guidance has made the Maine Learning Technology Initiative a program that has influenced schools across the globe. Essentially Maine, under Jeff’s guidance, has served as THE model for 1:1 computing. He has represented Maine’s Learning Technology Initiative in numerous conferences, both nationally and internationally, having traveled to Australia, Paraguay, South Korea, the Philippines, China and Sweden to name a few. He has authored a number of articles in support of education technology and testified before the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, again leading the charge for education technology as a national agenda.
As the 2012 awardee of the Common Sense Media Educator of the Year Award, Jeff embodies the leadership qualities we all aspire to in our roles as State Directors of Education Technology. Jeff is continuing his involvement with SETDA as he was recently appointed the co-chair of the State Action Committee. Jeff is a leader that empowers everyone around him to advance digital teaching and learning for all.
Dr. Wayne Hartschuh, Delaware Center for Educational Technology (2012)
Dr. Wayne Hartschuh
Delaware Center for Educational Technology
Wayne is very active in SETDA, and has provided excellent leadership for the organization. He was on the SETDA Board of Directors having served as Treasurer for two years and Chair for two years. He is a member and Board Liaison to the Professional Growth Committee. He has represented SETDA as well at Advocacy Days, encouraged the Congressional delegation to sign Dear Colleague letters to support educational technology, and met with Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. He participated in the development of the white papers for the Class of 2020 and has been a presenter at many SETDA meetings over the years. He was a participant in the first Leading in Technology online course offered through SETDA and was a mentor for the second offering. He was also instrumental in ensuring delivery of the recent online course offerings for SETDA members.
Stephen Sanders, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (2011)
Director, Instructional Media and Technology Team
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Stephen (Steve) Sanders serves as Director of the Instructional Media & Technology Team where he oversees the Title II-D federal program, the state’s virtual education program, partnerships with Thinkfinity and Intel, School Library programs, and various other state and local initiatives housed on his team or across the agency. He played important roles in providing DPI guidance in the development of BadgerNet Converged Network (BCN), the statewide voice and data network used by schools, libraries, higher education, municipalities and state government and making Wisconsin a “Google Apps for Edu” state. He is currently taking on a leadership role in the Wisconsin state superintendent’s Digital Learning Advisory Council which will provide a framework for the use of educational technology in Wisconsin in the future, and has played an instrumental role in working with Wisconsin school districts to implement a statewide student information system (SIS) program. Within SETDA, Steve has served on both the Data and Policy Committees, chairing the latter. He is highly responsive to requests for assistance, be it a request for a letter from the Chief, in providing pragmatic feedback on EDEN Data Elements or in written testimony for the FCC on eRate. His knowledge of eRate is extensive and he has served Wisconsin greatly in assisting LEAs with program participation.
Carla Wade, Oregon Department of Education
Rick Gaisford, Utah State Office of Education
Jayne Moore, Maryland State Department of Education
Lan Neugent, Virginia Department of Education
Melinda Maddox, Alabama State Department of Education
Michael Golden, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Anita Givens, Texas Education Agency