2019 META Awards 

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 Ms. Kelly Veis, Senior Information Technology Director at Havre Public Schools, was selected as the recipient of the prestigious 2019 META Technologist of the Year at the 5th annual Montana Educational Technologists Association’s (META) METAtechED Spring Conference held March 18-19 in Helena.

This award was established to recognize the fine achievements and successes of Montana K-12 School Technologists.  META awards this honor to a technologist who has had a significant impact on the future technology readiness of their school district, who exhibits an exemplary level of collegiality and leadership, and who displays the ability to create change within their district.

Ms. Veis is highly regarded with the Havre School District, the Hi-Line META region, and the Montana technology community as an expert in Infinite Campus.  She is often sought out by other school districts for assistance and to help train individuals in using the student management system and has been a driving force in helping all users implement Infinite Campus to better serve the students of Havre Public Schools.  Ms. Veis also manages the Havre School District website.  This past summer the district website was 100% in compliance with Americans With Disabilities Act. In his nomination, Havre Public Schools Superintendent Andy Carlson stated, “There is no such thing as pretty good or close. Everything Kelly does, she does to the highest level possible and she is consistently seeking out ways to make our school district better.  Ms. Veis is an active member of META and has served as a co-director of the Hi-Line region since 2016.  She hosts META regional meetings and provides a place for school technologists to discuss needs and brainstorm new ideas.  

META is comprised of educational technologists united for the purpose of advocating for and supporting the visions, policies, practices, and funding for technology within all aspects of teaching, learning, and professional productivity and supporting the education of all Montana children.  META and the School Administrators of Montana (SAM) members congratulate Ms. Kelly Veis for being selected to receive this award. 


 

2019 META Empowered Superintendent of the Year - Dr. Laurie Barron

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Dr. Laurie Barron, Superintendent at Evergreen School District and President of the School Administrators of Montana (SAM) Board of Directors, was selected as the recipient of the prestigious 2019 META Empowered Superintendent of the Year at the 5th annual Montana Educational Technologists Association’s (META) METAtechED Spring Conference held March 18-19 in Helena.

Stemming from the Empowered Superintendent Program sponsored by the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN), the META Empowered Superintendent of the Year Award recognizes a school superintendent who is not only a school district leader but also a leader and supporter in the use of technology within their school district. The META Empowered Superintendent of the Year Award is given in recognition of a Montana school superintendent who supports the power of technology in engaging students and faculty and envisions the promise of emerging educational applications of technology to better prepare students for a competitive, digital world.

Since 2013, Dr. Barron has led the Evergreen School District to adopt a 1:1 Chromebook project for grades 3-8 and close to a 1:1 ratio of iPads to students at grades K-2 across a district of about 750 students. She shaped the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program for grades 3-8 and helped trustees and school leaders rewrite policies to reflect responsible technology use in the curriculum and classroom. Staff professional development was expanded to augment the increased technology footprint, and it is now part of the district’s yearly professional development plan. Over the last 6 years with her leadership, the district has made significant network upgrades, security changes and enhancements, and further progress in professional development to ensure that students and staff are safe both in the classrooms and in the digital environment, expanding school safety to include the safeguarding of all student and staff data. Using persistent and creative approaches, Dr. Barron has always been able to find ways to keep the district technology as current as possible without sacrificing other needs of the students or district.  All technology advancements and upgrades have been accomplished without the need to ask taxpayers for additional levy funding.

In his nomination of Dr. Barron, Glenn Wehe, Evergreen School District Director of Technology, stated, “Dr. Barron is tireless in her efforts to ensure that all of our stakeholders are involved in some way with decision-making processes; making sure they understand how the changes in our technology will better prepare our students, and how our district will benefit from the upgrades. She has consistently gathered strong community and trustee support along the way. She always welcomes suggestions from school leaders and staff through monthly District Leadership Team meetings (representing all departments) and provides staff with multiple opportunities during the course of each school year to add new technologies to their learning environments in order to meet expanding needs and goals. These goals are kept updated and made available for all staff and the public at large. Technology is used in all meetings at all levels in our district, especially during teacher training.

“It is an honor to recognize Dr. Barron as the recipient of the META Empowered Superintendent of the Year Award,” stated Kirk Miller, Executive Director of the School Administrators of Montana (SAM).  “Her commitment to providing exceptional leadership in supporting the Evergreen School District’s goals toward transforming education and improving student learning through technology is commendable.”  

META is comprised of educational technologists united for the purpose of advocating for and supporting the visions, policies, practices, and funding for technology within all aspects of teaching, learning, and professional productivity and supporting the education of all Montana children.  META and the School Administrators of Montana (SAM) members congratulate Dr. Laurie Barron for being selected to receive this award.


  CoSN Excellence in Public Service Awarded to Governor Steve Bullock

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META President, Brian Norwood, CoSN Hall of Fame 2019

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META Awards

META Technologist of the Year  

ThMontana Educational Technologists Association (META) presents the Montana K-12 School Technologist of the Year Program. This award is established to recognize the fine achievements and successes of a Montana K-12 School Technologist (Tech Coordinator, Tech Director, Tech Specialist, etc) at the State level. Eligible candidates for this award must be 2018-19 META members.

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. 
 

META Empowered Superintendent of the Year

The Montana Educational Technologists Association (META) presents the first META Empowered Superintendent of the Year Award Program (not to be confused with the MASS/AASA Superintendent of the Year). The META Board of Directors felt this type of award should be established to recognize a school superintendent who consistently and passionately provides educational technology leadership, support, understanding and guidance in working with their school technologist(s) to create a successful and efficient system of technology supported education.

In order for the superintendent to be considered for this award, he/she should demonstrate the following criteria:1. Must be a current Superintendent in the State of Montana and be a member of the Montana Association of School Superintendents (MASS).

2. Has worked to effectively integrate the use of technology in the day-to-day operation of their educational organization.

3. Ensures that technology resources are equitably distributed among students and staff.  Works hard for adequate funding for instructional technology.

4. Has worked to develop professional development as a component of every technology initiative as well as working to adequately fund that professional development into the future.

5. Demonstrates exceptional Leadership and vision in the development and implementation of a district-wide technology plan.  Follows up on the progress of that plan.

6. Exhibits a thorough understanding of the role of technology in education and can articulate that understanding to all school district stakeholders. Continues to seek out new ways of integrating instructional technology by working with teachers and staff.

7. Provides exceptional leadership in supporting the integration of technology into the curriculum and is always looking forward for new integration paths.

8. Demonstrates exceptional vision in employing technology to streamline school district business operations.

9. Demonstrates curiosity and open-mindedness in considering emerging technologies and weighing non-traditional solutions to traditional problems.  Works with all stakeholders on possible new innovations in instructional technology.

10. Thinks creatively and strategically about the long-term challenges and opportunities of technology in the school district and in education at large.

NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED