Benton, AR, Feb. 2nd, 2024 – Learning Counsel Research recognized Cobb County School District, Georgia with its Sustainable Tech Practices Award during the 10th Annual Learning Leadership national virtual conference.

The event provided a briefing of the national 2023 K-12 School and District Administrator Survey on strategies, models and technology as well as the concurrent 2023 K12 Teacher Survey on pedagogy, models and technology. Learning Counsel Research received 4,912 survey responses from a send to 1,104,455 administrators and teachers. Thirty-six schools and districts received recognition awards. 28% of responses were from urban institutions, 39% from suburban, 17% from rural and 16% from others including virtual schools. The survey analysis estimates tech spend, future spend by category, and asks questions about K12’s highest pressures, strategies, planning and execution, teacher workload, defining teacher and student roles, numbers of apps, pedagogical models, emergency incidents and more annually, including essays on recent achievements. The annual virtual conference and subsequent tour to twenty cities with one-day briefings presents findings for K12 schools to gain awareness of trends.


Annual survey recognitions showcase the relative achievement level of a school or district towards excellency in logistics and meaningful experiential learning fitting this century’s learner needs.

Recognized in 2024 were these schools and districts:

Distinctive Excellence - St. Vrain Valley Schools, CO

Sustainers - Cobb County School District, GA; Meriden Public Schools, CT; Delphian School, OR; Next Generation, FL

Accepting the recognition for Cobb County S.D. were:

Dr. Ehsan Kattoula, Assistant Superintendent, Accountability Division; Ms. Stacey Buckalew, Director of CTLS Academics; Meagan Stanfill, Supervisor of Digital Transformation

Accepting the recognition for Meriden Public Schools were:

Dr. Mark Benigni, Superintendent; Barbara Haeffner, Assistant Superintendent

Innovators - Spring Branch ISD, TX; San Antonio ISD, TX; Katy ISD, TX; Dallas ISD, TX; Brewster Central School District, NY; Metro Nashville Public Schools, TN

Achievers - Prince George’s County Public Schools, MD; Kansas City Kansas Public Schools, IS; Belton School District #124, MO; Jacksonville North Pulaski School District, AR; Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, GA; Jasper County School District, SC; The Key to Learning with Dr. Nyman, FL

Gainers - Howard County Public Schools, MD; Montgomery County Public Schools, MD; Calvert County Public Schools, MD; Tomball ISD, TX; North Little Rock School District, AR; Faquier County Public Schools, VA; Osborn School District #8, AZ; Florence Unified School District, AZ; Park City School District, UT; Tigard-Tualatin School District, OR; Briarcliff Manor School District, NY; Blind Borrk-Rye Union Free School District, NY; Cajon Valley Union School District, CA; East Baton Rouge Parish School System, LA; Haines City High School, Polk County Public Schools, FL; Rare Earth Continuation High School, CA; Mountain Shadows Elementary School, Dear Valley Unified School District, AZ; District 7 Elementary, Cumberland County Schools, NC

Accepting the recognition for Tomball ISD was:

Diane Tidwell, Director of Digital Learning

Past survey reports are available here. 2023’s final survey reports are now available to attendees and upon request until formally posted to the Learning Counsel site with all stories.

Upcoming briefings will include analysis on the future direction of schooling in America at all of these events in 2023:

Learning Logistics & Tech Tour 2024

Feb. 20th Phoenix, AZ Host: Phoenix Union High School District

Feb. 22nd San Diego, CA Host: Cajon Valley Union School District

Feb. 27th San Antonio, TX Host: Southside Independent School District

Feb. 29th Houston, TX Host: Klein ISD

March 5th Nashville, TN Host: Metro Nashville Public Schools

March 14th Orlando, FL

March 12th Atlanta, GA Host: Gwinnett County Public Schools

March 19th Riverside, CA Host: Riverside County Office of Education

Sept. TBD Detroit, MI

Sept. TBD St. Louis, MO

Sept. TBD Philadelphia, PA

Sept. TBD New York, NY

Sept. TBD Mankato & Minneapolis, MN

Sept. TBD Cincinnati, OH

Oct. TBD Dallas – Fort Worth, TX

Oct. TBD Austin, TX

Oct. TBD Miami, FL

Oct. TBD Charlotte, NC

Oct. TBD Denver, CO

Oct. TBD San Francisco Bay Area – Fremont, CA

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