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Featured at Forbes

It was an honor to be featured on the Forbes web site last week. Robyn Shulman highlighted five ‘education entrepreneurs’ and included me on the list along with Vicki Davis, Will Richardson, Kristen Swanson, and Angela Maiers.

I know Robyn has more names on her list and will be sharing those over the next few weeks. Stay tuned for more!

Thanks for a great run, Iowa

Some of you know that I’m headed back to higher education (after a 4-year hiatus to keep a promise to my daughter that she could finish high school here in Ames, Iowa). I will be an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Colorado Denver starting in August. We will miss Iowa tremendously but we’re also excited to explore some gorgeous mountains!

I’ve been reflecting on what I’ve done the past 9 years in this state with the very substantial help and partnership of some wonderful colleagues. Here’s a partial list:

  • rejuvenated a struggling educational leadership program at Iowa State University, including doubling our program’s enrollment, faculty, and tuition revenue;
  • graduated 13 Ph.D. students as their primary advisor;
  • brought in over $350,000 in external grants and contracts;
  • published 18 peer-reviewed articles, 1 book, 6 book chapters, 32 invited publications, 8 research briefs and white papers, and 63 other publications;
  • was a visiting faculty fellow in New Zealand;
  • worked with over 130 different Iowa schools, associations, and other organizations;
  • immersed several hundred Iowa principals and superintendents in 6 to 12 days of technology leadership development;
  • sparked the nation’s largest statewide, grass roots 1:1 computing initiative (220+ districts and counting);
  • launched the annual Iowa 1:1 Institute, which rivals in size the other major education conferences in Iowa;
  • initiated EdCampIowa, which I believe is still the nation’s largest single-day EdCamp event;
  • launched the new technology innovation team for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency;
  • created the trudacot technology integration discussion protocol, which is now spreading across the globe;
  • delivered hundreds of keynote, peer-reviewed academic, and other presentations and workshops, including 2 endowed lectures;
  • created 3 new Did You Know? (Shift Happens) videos and numerous other digital and online resources;
  • supported thousands of Iowa teachers and administrators as they move toward deeper thinking, student agency, authentic work, and technology infusion;
  • was a visible and vocal advocate for Iowa students and public schools;
  • served in dozens of advisory board, task force, editorial board, and other state and national leadership and service roles;
  • named one of three finalists to be the Director of the Iowa Department of Education;
  • received the ITEC Technology Leadership Award, the School Administrators of Iowa Friend of the Association Award, the Phi Delta Kappa Emerging Leader Award, the National School Boards Association 20 to Watch Award, the Center for Digital Education Education Innovator Award, the University Council for Educational Administration Hanne Mawhinney Distinguished Service Award, and the ISTE Award for Outstanding Leadership.

That seems like a pretty good run to me… Thanks to everyone who’s been a part of this fun and hopefully-impactful work. Looking forward to my next adventures!

Friday fun: Ed reform caption contest

So I thought it might be fun to do a caption contest!

I loved this image from my previous post so much I cleaned it up and made it editable. So let’s have some fun with new captions. The theme is educational policy and reform. What caption might go under each image?

Submit your ideas using this online form. Be as creative / snarky as you wish. Winners will be announced next Friday morning. Have fun!

Ed Reform Caption Contest 00

Congratulations, Drs. Cox, Grundmeyer, Sauers, and Urich!

It’s highly possible that my favorite thing about working in higher education is Commencement. I’m a sucker for the pomp and circumstance, the medieval regalia, the joyous singing of the alma mater, etc. So while graduation ceremonies can be quite long, the smiles on students’ and families’ faces are worth every second of sitting in uncomfortable chairs and bleacher seats.

Last night I had the pleasure of ‘hooding’ my final four Iowa State University doctoral students:

  • Dan Cox is the principal of Hoover Middle School in the Waterloo (IA) Community School District. His dissertation was titled School communications 2.0: A social media strategy for K-12 principals and superintendents.
  • Trent Grundmeyer is the principal of Indianola (IA) High School. His dissertation was titled A qualitative study of perceptions of first-year college students regarding technology and college readiness.
  • Nick Sauers is a former Iowa principal and currently is a Lecturer in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky. Nick also blogs at 1 to 1 Schools. His dissertation was titled 1:1 laptop implications and district policy considerations.
  • Jill Urich is the principal of Northview Middle School in the Ankeny (IA) Community School District. Her dissertation was titled Implementation of standards-based grading at the middle school level.

Please extend hearty commendations to Drs. Cox, Grundmeyer, Sauers, and Urich for successful completion of their doctorates. Ph.D. programs are long, arduous journeys and they made it through with smiles on their faces!

Pictures are below (apologies in advance for the lighting and my poor photography skills). Dan, Trent, Nick, and Jill, it was wonderful working with you!

Dan Cox

Dan Cox

Trent Grundmeyer

Grundmeyer

Nick Sauers

Sauers

Jill Urich

Urich