Three School Leaders Selected for Digital Principal Awards
Principals From Kansas, Massachusetts, and New Jersey to Be Recognized at 2012 NASSPBreaking Ranks Conference for Advancing Learning with Digital Media
Reston, VA —February 1, 2012— Three progressive school leaders have been selected as the first recipients of the NASSP Digital Principal Award. They will be honored during a concurrent session at the NASSP Breaking Ranks K-12 Conference in Tampa, FL, next month.
Michael King, Principal, Dodge City (KS) Middle School
During Mike King’s 32 years in education, his schools have been recognized with an Oklahoma Medal of Excellence and National Blue Ribbon, among other honors. He has also been individually recognized as the 2005 finalist for the Oklahoma Medal of Excellence Award Educational Administration and was a finalist for the 2005 Association of Professional Oklahoma Educators Foundation Award in Educational Administration. This success is inseparable from him commitment to advancing learning with technology and his firm belief that digital tools can help students unlease their creativity. The role of the educator, King believes, is to facilitate that process and help students use digital tools responsibly. King is a prolific author, most recently focusing on the flipped classroom and the textbook of the future.
Patrick Larkin, Principal, Burlington (MA) High School
The hallmark of Patrick Larkin’s success as a principal is his commitment to sharing learning, and he has created numerous platforms for that sharing that have caught on across the globe. He is a cofounder of the Connected Principals blog, a group blog that promotes discussion among school leaders, and the corresponding #cpchat hashtag on Twitter. He has also directed the EdCamo Admin unconference to gather school leaders in person to discuss the use of digital tools. Larkin conducts regular Parent Tech Nights to assist parents in working with their students to maintain a healthy online profile. In 2012, he led the launch of a 1-to-1 iPad initiative, the journey of which can be found on his blog, http://www.patrickmlarkin.com/.
Eric Sheninger, Principal, New Milford (NJ) High School
Eric Sheninger is a rockstar among educators on Twitter, with more than 17,000 followers in his professional learning network. On that network, he shares a passion for fostering learning environments that are student-centered, collaborative, flexible, and prepare all learners to succeed in the 21st Century. Sheninger has emerged as an innovative leader in the use of social media and web 2.0 technology as tools to engage students, improve communications with stakeholders, and help educators grow professionally. He is co-author of Communicating and Connecting With Social Media: Essentials for Principals, and he blogs regularly at Huffington Post, Connected Principals, and A Principal’s Reflections. A current focus of Sheninger’s efforts is a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiative at New Milford High School.
“Students will not be able to acquire 21st century skills without a mastery of 21st century tools,” said NASSP Executive Director JoAnn Bartoletti. “But effective use of technology tools will become pervasive in a school only when the school leader is invested in its success. These three principals are providing leadership not just in schoolwide integration of technology, but also in modeling the use of technology in their own learning. We are proud to recognize them.”
NASSP is announcing the recipients in recognition of the first Digital Learning Day, a nationwide initiative that celebrates the many ways digital media are improving learning. NASSP is core partner in the initiative.
A call for Digital Principal Award applications went out nationwide in December. The applications were then measured against the criteria of the National Education Technology Standards for Administrators and the principals’ application of those skills to achieve school improvement goals as defined by NASSP’s Breaking Ranks framework. The recipients will be guests of NASSP at the 2012 NASSP Breaking Ranks K–12 Conference in Tampa, FL, March 8-10, at which they will offer a panel presentation on digital media in leadership and learning. They will also be featured in the October 2012 issue of Principal Leadership magazine.
NASSP is the leading organization of and national voice for middle level and high school principals, assistant principals, and all school leaders from across the United States and more than 45 countries around the world. The association provides research-based professional development and resources, networking, and advocacy to build the capacity of middle level and high school leaders to continually improve student performance. Reflecting its longstanding commitment to student leadership development as well, NASSP administers the National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Association of Student Councils. For more information about NASSP, located in Reston, VA, visit www.nassp.org.