Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Charp Award Judges Talk

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Charp Award Judges Talk

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LAST JUNE 26, representatives of the Vail Unified School District (AZ) (in photo at right) were at the opening session of the annual meeting of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in Philadelphia to receive the Sylvia Charp Award, given each year by ISTE and T.H.E. Journal to the K-12 district that demonstrates the most innovative use of technology.

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The presentation was the culmination of a nearly yearlong selection process. The competition judges, Anita McAnear, ISTE acquisitions editor and program chair, and T.H.E. Journal Editorial Director Therese Mageau, spoke shortly after the presentation to Executive Editor Michael Hart about the program and the benefits of a nomination.

What kind of projects or programs should districts consider when they're thinking about nominating themselves for the Charp Award? THERESE MAGEAU: The applications Anita and I found the most impressive were those where the effort was truly systemic. Some individual programs might have been excellent, but the applications that really impressed us were the ones where a technology-enhanced environment was built into everything they did.

ANITA MCANEAR: Yes, systemic is a key word. With the applications that really stand out, every single component is so well documented and taken into account.

Is there anything in particular that the highest-quality entries have in common? MAGEAU: A big thing was the superintendent's letter. You could tell right away the districts where the superintendent gets it and the ones where the superintendent doesn't.

The Vail Unified School District won the award last year, but I know there were some excellent candidates that didn't win. …

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