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John Armstrong – Joliet Public Schools District 86

Est. reading time: 4 mins

It’s not uncommon for teachers to keep learning themselves. In fact, it’s typically encouraged. But how often does it lead to someone shifting to instruct in an entirely new topic? For almost 20 years, John Armstrong taught music to primary and middle school students in concert, jazz and marching bands. He coaxed the right notes […]

José Valdez – Red de Universidades Anáhuac

Est. reading time: 5 mins

La tecnología en el entorno académico no es algo nuevo, aunque no deja de ser novedosa la forma en la que se ha transformado con el transcurrir de los años, permitiendo mayor flexibilidad, eficiencia y aprovechamiento de los recursos educativos. En un principio fueron las calculadoras, las impresoras y los computadores, los instrumentos de acompañamiento […]

Jonathan Judy – Tift County Schools

Est. reading time: 4 mins

A pregnant student leaves school to take care of her baby. A middle schooler is learning faster than the rest of the class and needs a more challenging course load. A high school student with an eye on the Ivy League is looking for a stronger academic resume. Like many working in education, Jonathan Judy […]

Jason Inman – Elkhart Community Schools

Est. reading time: 5 mins

On his first day at Elkhart Community Schools (ECS), Jason Inman remembers walking into the IT Department and seeing everyone running around answering phones and filling out service tickets nonstop. Staff was surely busy, but it wasn’t exactly what the new director of technology services envisioned as best practices for taking technology and educational programming […]

Jim Blodgett – Middleton-Cross Plains Area Schools

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s important for team members in any organization: Be on the same page. Pull in the same direction. But when you’re managing information services for a big, ethnically and economically diverse school district with 7,500 students in 13 facilities across eight municipalities, “being on the same page” is a challenge. It’s hard enough to even […]

Joe Phillips – Kansas City Public Schools

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Balloons, deflated balloons and rocks. These are the three types of people in an organization, says Joe Phillips. “Since the direction you’re always trying to go is up, you want people who are balloons,” he says. “You want employees who are aligned with the overall vision and actively working toward the upward push.” Deflated balloons, […]

Jose Miguel Piquer – University of Chile

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In 1985, Jose Miguel Piquer helped make history: He was part of a team that sent the first email in Chile—between the University of Chile (where he was then a student) and the University of Santiago. The pithy but witty message? “If this arrives, let’s open a bottle of champagne.” It did in fact arrive, and […]

Jude Higdon – Bennington College

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Built in 1769 of native stone and timber and set amidst the quintessential New England backdrop of craggy apple trees and rambling stone walls, the Dutch Colonial house was where poet Robert Frost lived for nearly a decade prior to the Great Depression—and where he penned one of his most famous works, “Stopping by Woods […]

John Martin – Inter-Lakes School District

Est. reading time: 7 mins

On his first day of work, John Martin, the director of technology and innovation at the Inter-Lakes School District in New Hampshire, came out swinging—literally. Sledgehammer in hand, Martin (and his team) busted down the walls and gutted the technology department space previously described as “the rat’s maze.” The message he sent and the sign […]

Jarrod Brogdon – Wiregrass Georgia Technical College

Est. reading time: 4 mins

You’re a single parent living in rural Georgia. Like many people in similar circumstances, you’re strapped for cash and a college degree is your ticket out of poverty. But driving an hour or two for classes several times a week? And paying for child care while you make the trips? Out of the question. Never […]


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