Magazine article Technology & Learning

Technology's Strongest Advocate: It's No Surprise That Delia Curtis Received 19 Nominations for Leader of the Year. This Longtime Visionary Has Been Singing Technology's Praises since 1981 and Recognizes the Role Tech Plays in Empowering Students to Develop and Learn to Their Potential

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Technology's Strongest Advocate: It's No Surprise That Delia Curtis Received 19 Nominations for Leader of the Year. This Longtime Visionary Has Been Singing Technology's Praises since 1981 and Recognizes the Role Tech Plays in Empowering Students to Develop and Learn to Their Potential

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From the professional-development courses she teaches to the Webcams she put in every library, Curtis leaves no stone unturned. "Della continuously updates herself on which technology is available and how it may be used to improve instruction," says Robert Zienta, a library information specialist at Baltimore County Public Schools. "Through her efforts, the achievement of our students has continued to increase."

Curtis encourages everyone to use technology to improve student achievement. The library Web site features online research models (ORMs) that allow students to do much more than regurgitate facts and figures. It lets them use guided research to study on their own and think creatively. Teachers use the ORMs to enhance learning and encourage students to want to know more.

She has led extensive staff development to help teachers integrate Web 2.0 tools into all BCPS classrooms, secured funding to supply 173 schools with an extensive database, and set up a wiki for BcPS staff. The wiki includes learning modules, instructions, and suggestions for classroom use.

But Curtis's range extends beyond Baltimore county Public Schools. After establishing one of the country's first telecommunications policies for public schools, she was invited to speak to Congress. "Della has single-handedly changed the image of library media specialist in this county, making us technology leaders in our school buildings and our district," says Pamela Cline, a BCPS library media specialist. "Library media specialists young and old are now Web 2.0 and technology gurus. Her reputation for unflinching support of libraries and technology is county- and state-wide, and her input is sought out by other curricular offices and officials. …

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