Calcasieu Parish Receives 2007 Sylvia Charp Award

The Calcasieu Parish School System (CPSS) in Lake Charles, LA has been named the recipient of the 2007 Sylvia Charp District Award. The award is presented annually by T.H.E. Journal and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in honor of T.H.E. Journal's late founding editor-in-chief, Sylvia Charp.

The Sylvia Charp award is given out to districts that demonstrate innovation and consistent effectiveness in deploying education technology throughout their district, a commitment to sharing technology with other districts, and use of ISTE's National Educational Technology Standards and Essential Conditions (or derivations of those standards).

Award organizers cited Calcasieu Parish for its technology planning with multiple partners, leadership development plans, "cutting-edge" concepts for implementation of programs to meet NETS conditions, community outreach and assistance programs, support of e-learning and virtual schools, teacher professional development (including workshops, mentoring, online courses, summer camps, and graduate credit programs), and efforts to improve access to technology.

The district also offers professional development programs for administrators, including Laptops for Leaders (for developing technology proficiency and focusing on online collaboration, technology integration, and site-based development and training) and LeadTECH (a program designed to help administrators understand the role of technology in facilitating student learning and improvements in schools).

"The Calcasieu Parish School System has been a leader in pioneering instructional technology in the state, nation and international communities for a number of years," said CPSS Superintendent Wayne Savoy. "In the complex educational systems that exist today, a major consideration for implementing excellent technology programs and pursuing new initiatives lies with the system's ability to generate, allocate, and restructure funds. The Calcasieu Parish School System maintains a significant commitment to technology leadership and envisions continued growth in emerging technologies."

The award will be presented to representatives of CPSS (including Savoy and Administrative Technology Coordinator Sheryl Abshire) at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), which will be held in Atlanta June 24 to 27. The award includes $2,000 toward NECC registration, travel, and housing for two representatives.

CPSS is the fifth-largest district in Louisiana, serving more than 32,000 students.

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