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Lakota an ISTE 2020 Distinguished District

Lakota Schools and Cincinnati Business Courier |

Lakota Local School District in Butler County is one of three in the U.S. to earn the “2020 Distinguished District Award” from the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

The “Distinguished District Award” recognizes districts that are moving the needle in big ways. According to ISTE, these districts:

  • Demonstrate effectiveness and innovation in the application of educational technology. 
  • Ensure equitable, accessible and appropriate technology use for all students, aimed at increased learning opportunities.
  • Exhibit a progressive mindset when it comes to challenges in education.
  • Embrace new ideas and act on them.

“This award belongs to the entire Lakota family,” said Chief Technology Officer Todd Wesley. “Seven years ago, our community supported our levy plan to bring the best in education technology together with instructional innovation based on the ISTE standards. With the continued support of our board, Superintendent Miller, Treasurer/CFO Logan and a strong partnership between our outstanding technology and curriculum teams, this plan evolved into our ‘WE are EMPOWERED’ initiative to support our district’s recent strategic plan.”

Lakota’s partnership with ISTE has grown over the last few years and the district became one of just eight districts worldwide to pilot ISTE’s “District Partnership” program during the 2018-2019 school year. That opportunity came on the heels of the district-wide rollout of “WE are Empowered,” an initiative designed to empower students with personalized learning supported by technology. It includes new innovative instruction and outdated media centers transformed into modern “Innovation Hubs” for student creation, collaboration and learning. The district expanded access to technology devices, applications and tools, including a one-to-one device program for grades six through 12. 

This year’s other award winners are:

  • Moreno Valley Unified School District, Moreno Valley, Calif.
  • Prince William County Schools, Manassas, Va.

ISTE, a nonprofit based in Washington, D.C., serves more than 200,000 educators and education leaders around the world, providing resources and support to organizations committed to using technology to overcome challenges in education.