HCPS Recognized for Innovative Technology Initiatives

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Dr. Joe DeVault with Virginia School Boards Association Executive Director Gina Patterson

HENRY COUNTY, Va. – The Center for Digital Education has announced Henry County Public Schools as one of the 15 winners in the Mid-sized Student Population Districts Category (3,000 – 12,000 students) of the 2017-18 Digital School Districts Survey Awards. The 45 districts recognized are innovating in exemplary ways by investing in tools and learning models for the next-generation learners.

Now in its 14th year, the Digital School Districts Survey Awards recognize the commendable use of technology by school boards and districts. The awards are presented by the Center for Digital Education at the National School Boards Association’s annual conference each spring.

“This survey data has proven to be beneficial in districts throughout the country,” said Dr. Kecia Ray, executive director of the Center for Digital Education. “We look forward to sharing our results in the Digital School Districts report and having this survey become the benchmark for which districts measure their digital transformation.”

“School boards are embracing technology initiatives that help them govern more effectively and empower their districts to operate more efficiently,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, executive director and chief executive officer for the National School Boards Association. “The variety of districts recognized by this survey in both size and urbanicity serve as examples for others who want to introduce innovative approaches within their communities.”

HCPS School Board Chairman Dr. Joseph DeVault said, “I was privileged to receive the Digital School Districts Award on behalf of the division at the National School Boards Association conference in March and to represent Virginia as one of the seven winners from our state.”

The Digital School Districts Survey awards the school boards/districts that most fully implement technology benchmarks in the evolution of digital education, as represented in the survey questions. All U.S. public school districts are eligible to participate.

About the National School Boards Association

The National School Boards Association (NSBA) is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA believes education is a civil right necessary to the dignity and freedom of the American people, and all children should have equal access to an education that maximizes his or her individual potential. The association represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. www.nsba.org

About the Center for Digital Education

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insights to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century. Learn more at www.centerdigitaled.com.