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Carla Wade of the Oregon Department of Education Honored as SETDA’s 2010 Leader of the Year

November 17, 2010 (Washington, D.C.)  – Carla Wade, Educational Technology Specialist at the Oregon Department of Education, was honored with the State Leader of the Year (SLY) award by the membership of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) at the 2010 Leadership Summit: “Innovation Through State Leadership.”  This top award from SETDA goes to an active SETDA member who has exhibited outstanding leadership in integrating technology, collaborating with peers, and engaging within the broad education and education technology communities to ensure the effective integration of technology in learning.

“Carla has exemplified leadership,” said Cathy Poplin, Chair of the SETDA Board of Directors.  “She has served as a member of our Board, serves as co-chair for the SETDA Professional Growth Committee and has contributed to various publications and other initiatives. Her efforts go beyond SETDA to include exemplary work with the Title I community, serving on the ISTE Board of Directors, as well as on various U.S. Department of Education committees.”

A nominating letter from Drew Hinds, Education Specialist for Instructional Materials at the Oregon Department of Education noted, “In addition to her work in policy, [Carla has] the rare gift of being grounded in relationships and practical strategies that improve learning for students.” Another nominating letter from Jennifer Arns, Instructional Programs Director with the Organization for Educational Technology and Curriculum stated, “She has demonstrated the ability to work with a variety of people having varied levels of understanding of educational technology with a very easy-going style.”

About the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA): Founded in 2001, SETDA is the national member association that represents the interests of the educational technology leadership of state and territorial education agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs. SETDA members work collectively and in public-private partnerships to ensure that meaningful technology innovations with broad potential for systemic improvements and cost-savings in teaching, learning, and leadership are brought to scale. For more information, please visit

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