PVSchools Superintendent Receives National Speak Up Shout Out Award
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PVSchools Superintendent receives national Speak Up Shout Out Award

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Dr James Lee

PVSchools Superintendent Dr. James P. Lee is one of 20 school district superintendents across the country to receive the inaugural Speak Up Shout Out Awards as Outstanding Superintendents for their districts’ exceptional participation in the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning.

“More than 2,600 districts participated in Speak Up 2015, but these 20 stood out to us for their commitment to raising the voices of their stakeholders, notably students, parents, community members and educators at all levels,” said Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow. “Speak Up, in addition to being a national research project, is a free service open to all schools, and we are thrilled to see so many taking advantage of the online surveys and national reports.”

PVSchools Superintendent receives national Speak Up Shout Out Award Dr_James_Lee-300x170“Superintendents across the country are dealing with an array of educational technology opportunities and Speak Up offers a platform so they can learn directly from their stakeholders about what students, parents and teachers are looking for now and in the future,” said Daniel A. Domenech, Executive Director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association. “The superintendents being recognized by Project Tomorrow are leaders in the effective use of technology for learning.”

The Speak Up Shout Out Awards for 2016 Outstanding Superintendents:

Matt Massey, Madison County School District, AL
Randy Fuller, Shelby County School District, AL
James P. Lee, Paradise Valley Unified District, AZ
Gregory O’Brien, Centinela Valley Union High School District, CA
Kevin Holt, San Marcos Unified, CA
Terry Decker, Solana Beach School District, CA
Desmond K. Blackburn, Brevard County School District, FL
Robert W. Runcie, Broward County School District, FL
Ann Linson, East Noble School Corporation, IN
Philip G. Downs, Southwest Allen County Schools, IN
Todd White, Blue Valley Schools, KS
Sonja B. Santelises, Baltimore City Public School System, MD
Dallas Dance, Baltimore County Public Schools, MD
Eric Bracy, Sampson County Schools, NC
Joseph Siano, Norman Public Schools, OK
Juan Cabrera, El Paso ISD, TX
Huey Kinchen, Tomball ISD, TX
Pamela Moran, Albemarle County Public Schools, VA
Karen Garza, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA
David T. Sovine, Frederick County Public Schools, VA

“I am honored to accept this award on behalf of our governing board and our incredible, innovative staff at PV Schools,” said James P. Lee. “Project Tomorrow’s annual Speak Up survey has allowed us to infuse the voice of our entire school community into key decisions around trends in technology ubiquity, mobility, video and personalization, K-12 use/misuse of social media, and the expansion of classroom walls connecting us to the world.”

“Annual data from the survey is analyzed and shared among stakeholders, creating awareness and conversations that have led to action,” Lee said. “The data has helped to generate community support for bond initiatives that resulted in needed infrastructure improvements and WiFi coverage throughout the district. Survey trends also alerted PV Schools of the need for our Digital Citizenship initiative offered to students and parents across the district. These changes have allowed us to focus on our mission of Cultivating World-Class Thinkers.”