Wanted: Education Leader of the Year

Tell us how you lead by using technology in education. Enter yourself, or a colleague, in Tech & Learning's 23rd annual Leader of the Year Program.

Tech & Learning is once again honoring K-12 administrators, technology coordinators, and teachers who use technology in innovative ways to help teachers teach and help students learn. We invite you to share your teaching, training, and managing success stories with our judges. Judges choose one finalist for each of the following four categories: teacher, technology specialist, technology coordinator, and administrator. One of these finalists is chosen as the Top Winner. Each of the four finalists will win prizes, gain national recognition and be profiled in T&L's 2010 December Awards Issue.

Deadline: October 15, 2010GET INSPIRED! Meet one of the winners of the 2009 Leader of the Year program

Teacher, Independent School District of Boise City, ID

Thirty-eight years in the classroom has taught Richard Whittaker the importance of sharing. He consistently takes lessons he’s learned through his own success in the classroom to a broader audience within his school, his district, and even state-wide through conferences. Similarly, after purchasing a SMART Board and projector for his classroom out of his own pocket four years ago, he didn’t stop until he helped find funding to put one in every classroom in the building.

After scoring grants for microscopes, a microscope video camera that enables students to create time-lapse video of specimens, and the Discovery Streaming video program, he again instructed other teachers in how to engender an enthusiastic response in their students. Two of Whittaker’s students addressed the topic of overfishing in the world’s oceans. Continue reading...