The National School Boards Association’s (NSBA) Technology Leadership Network (TLN) has named Roland Antoine, Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Dallas ISD, as one of its “20 to Watch” honorees for 2016-2017.
NSBA is recognizing Antoine and his fellow education leaders for their ability to inspire colleagues to explore and embrace innovative technology solutions and instructional strategies that contribute to high-quality learning experiences for all students.
“Rather than thinking in terms of technology, Roland Antoine views projects as the continuous improvement of student learning initiatives in which technology’s role is defined as expanding the boundaries of learning opportunities,” NSBA states in a press release. “Whether streamlining IT operations utilizing a cloud infrastructure for managed services and storage, or spearheading the introduction of the computer science program in 32 middle schools, he tackles all district projects with the same passion and focus on equitable access.”
This is the 11th year of NSBA’s “20 to Watch” program, created in 2006 to identify emerging leaders who would be helping to shape the national conversation about education technology for the next 20 years.
“This year’s ’20 to Watch’ honorees reflect the different approaches educators are using to advance interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and STEAM which includes the Arts in addition to STEM content,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA, Executive Director & CEO. “From makerspaces and mentoring to afterschool clubs and virtual brown bag lunches with remote industry experts, educators are creating opportunities for students that can have a life-altering impact. Teachers and administrators, with support from their school boards, share a vision for learning that prepares students for future success.”
Antoine and the fellow honorees were recognized during the 2017 Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) Conference held April 3 in Chicago.