SETDA SLY Award
SETDA established the SLY Award to recognize an active SETDA member, who meets the selection criteria, who has exhibited outstanding leadership in (1) integrating technology effectively in his/her state to improve student learning, (2) collaborating with peers through SETDA initiatives thereby affecting positive change for the organization and its members, and (3) engaging within the broad education and education technology communities to ensure the effective integration of technology in learning to improve student achievement.
Jeff Mao, Director of Learning Technology Policy, Maine Department of Education
(from left to right) Lan Neugent, Steve Sanders, Carla Wade, Jeff Mao (2013 Winner), Wayne Hartschuh, Rick Gaisford, Jayne Moore
Jeff Mao, Director of Learning Technology Policy, Maine Department of Education was named 2013 State Technology Leader Award. Jeff 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
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(from left to right) Melinda Maddox, Lan Neugent, Carla Wade, Wayne Hartschuh (2012 Winner), Jayne Moore, Rick Gaisford, and Michael Golden, .
Past Award Winners
Stephen Sanders, Wisconsin, SLY Award Winner
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Michael Golden, Rick Gaisford, Carla Wade, Stephen Sanders, Melinda Maddox, Jayne Moore, and Lan Neugent.
SLY Award Ceremony
Carla Wade, Oregon, SLY Award Winner
Photo (Left to Right: Name, Title, State and Year of SLY Award)
Michael Golden, SETDA Emeritus, Former Assistant Superintendent for Educational Technology, Pennsylvania Department of Education, 2005 Winner,
Brenda Williams, Executive Director of the Office of Technology and Information Systems, West Virginia Department of Education, 2003 Winner,
Rick Gaisford, Educational Technology Specialist, Utah Department of Education, 2009 Winner,
Carla Wade, Technology Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education, 2010 Winner,
Melinda Maddox, Director, Technology Initiatives, Alabama Department of Education, 2006 Winner and
Lan Neugent, Assistant Superintendent of Technology, Virginia Department of Education, 2007 Winner.
Rick Gaisford, Utah
Rick Gaisford and the SETDA Staff
Jayne Moore, Maryland Department of Education
Lan Neugent and Jayne Moore
Lan Neugent, Virginia Department of Education
Melinda Maddox, Alabama Department of Education
Michael Golden, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Anita Givens, Texas Education Agency
Brenda Williams, West Virginia Department of Education
Brenda Williams, Michael Golden, Anita Givens, Lan Neugent, and Melinda Maddox