Kiel Area School District Named 2005 Winner of the Sylvia Charp Award for District Innovation in Technology

Washington D.C.—T.H.E. Journal, a 101communications publication, and the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) have named the Kiel Area School District, Kiel, Wis., recipient of the second annual Sylvia Charp District Award in honor of the late Dr. Sylvia Charp. Dr. Charp was the founding Editor-in-Chief of T.H.E. Journal and was an ardent, life-long supporter of ISTE and its mission.

  • The Charp Award recognizes school districts that exhibit effectiveness and innovation in the application of technology district-wide. Criteria for the award include:
  • Consistent district effectiveness
  • Use of ISTE's National Educational Technology Standards and Essential Conditions or a local or statewide derivative of those standards
  • Effective and innovative technology implementation
  • Commitment to participate in dissemination to, and support of, other districts.

Kiel ASD has been a leader in technology over a period of years and has implemented a multifaceted and collaborative program to enrich the learning process through the use of educational technology. The district’s accomplishments include:

  • Student career portfolios, in which students showcase their best works using programs such as FrontPage and PowerPoint, have been established as a graduation requirement
  • A state-of-the-art distance learning lab with two-way audio and video capabilities provides students with opportunities to take courses that wouldnít otherwise be available
  • The K.I.E.L Charter School, an online school, provides additional and/or alternative learning opportunities for students whose educational needs may be better met outside a traditional school setting
  • Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests are Web-based, computerized adaptive tests that measure studentsí general knowledge in reading, language usage and math
  • The development of ParentConnect, a Web-based communication tool that allows parents to keep track of their childís academic progress, schedule and attendance online.

“Although we are a small, rural, conservative school district in northeastern Wisconsin, we are on the cutting edge of technology,” says Sue Steiner, the program director, Kiel eSchool and former district technology coordinator who will be accepting the Charp Award for her district at the upcoming National Educational Computing Conference in Philadelphia, June 27–30. “The Kiel Area School District has taken the approach that our students must have the best opportunities available, and we are very honored to receive this award and to be recognized for our efforts.”

About T.H.E. Journal
T.H.E. Journal, founded in 1972 as Technological Horizons in Education, is the original and foremost publication dedicated to covering the application of technology to the learning process. Covering the entire education market, from K–12 through higher education, T.H.E. Journal reaches key policy-makers and those involved in or influencing the technology decision-making process. The magazine offers in-depth articles and case studies on high-tech applications from leading educators, new product information and special issues highlighting specific technologies. The magazine is published 12 times per year and reaches more than 160,000 educators worldwide (controlled circulation, BPA audited). T.H.E. Journal serves as the foundation of a rapidly expanding suite of information-based products and services offered by the company. For more information, visit or phone 1.714.730.4011.

About 101communications
Founded in 1998, 101communications is an integrated media company aimed at specialized targets within the information technology community. Reaching more than 1.5 million IT professionals around the world, the current portfolio includes 10 magazines, more than 30 conferences, and extensive digital offerings. For more information, visit

About the International Society for Technology in Education
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the trusted source in education technology for professional development, knowledge generation, and advocacy. A nonprofit membership organization, ISTE provides leadership and service to improve teaching and learning by advancing the effective use of technology in PK–12 and teacher education. Home of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), the Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology (CARET), and the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC), ISTE represents more than 85,000 worldwide leaders and potential leaders in educational technology. We support our members with information, networking opportunities, and guidance as they face the challenge of integrating technology into schools.

Recent ISTE initiatives include the ISTE Institute: Leading with NETS, a professional development program for educators based on ISTE’s NETS, and the ISTE Futures Project, which includes a formal, academic Delphi Study thatwill forecast likelihoods for the future of education.

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