EduJedi Awards 2020

This year is clearly a landscape shift for educational technologies. It is important to remember how far we have come in only a few decades with technology to be able to still see our students via video, to both distribute instructional materials and watch them progress in software, to talk to them live from a distance and help them to learn. We must count our blessings for the modern tools that have saved learning in whole or in part for tens of millions of students.

Now in its eighth year, the Learning Counsel’s Digital Transition Survey had more than 32,000 schools and districts participate. Over 1,000 schools and districts made it to the review stage, and over 100 made it into final analysis. This is more than twice any other year. The finishers for EduJedi Levels being granted in 2020 are 65, more than four times the number of levels ever granted by the Learning Counsel and the EduJedi in any year of this survey.

According to LeiLani Cauthen, CEO and Publisher at The Learning Counsel, “We are proud of every single educator and every single school who is doing their best to still provide learning in these challenging times, and the many who are pulling off better achievement no matter what.”

NATIONAL SURVEY AWARD WINNERS

EduJedi Knight Awards

An EduJedi Knight shows intentional refinement of ed-tech tactics in play, including a good degree of integration between systems and types of apps, some administrative and personalized learning workflow enablement. Experience focus has moved beyond in-classroom redesign only to involve more spaces, more flexibility, and has emboldened initial changes in instructional/tech staff. Tech is embedded, not a separate “subject” only. Leadership is leveling up to challenge norms and create even better achievement results.

The following have been awarded EduJedi Knight status:

Lammersville Joint USD, Mountain House, CA
9 Schools
6,000 Students

One of the most progressive thought leaders of all districts, Lammersville leads through tech. With uniquely integrated assessment platforms, they use aggregated data to drive a comprehensive system of learning, not just class-room learning. Their blended environment manages an altered used of both spaces and time. This district also runs a year-long teacher Blended Learning Academy for high standards in digital teaching.

Tech List: Canvas, Google Classroom, AERIES, GoGuardian, Edgenuity, Laser-fiche, Escape, eduCLIMBER, Illuminate, PearDeck, Zearn, ST Math, iRead, PLTW elibraries, MobyMax Assistments, Edulastic, Formative, Newsela, Mys-tery Science, Zoom, Turnitin, Raptor, Microsoft Office, Seesaw, Padlet, Cam-tasia Screentastic, HMH, Benchmark, DBQ, World Languages, Edlio, Flextime Manager, Google, Kahoot!, Naviance, Khan Academy, Stanford Middle School Science Project Curriculum, Discovery Math Techbook.

Meriden Public Schools, Meriden, CT
13 Schools
8,500 Students

With a robust digital transformation using the collaborative efforts of their Board of Education, their innovative Superintendent, and key tech and cur-riculum staff, this district has undergone bold shifts in teaching and learning structure well beyond the norm.

Tech List: Board Docs, ClassLink, Decision Ed, Frontline, Gaggle, GoGuardian, Naviline, HelpDesk, Novatime, Power School, SmugMug, iReady, Discovery Education, Odysseyware, EqualLevel, Google, Imagine Learning, Kajeet, Mc-Graw Hill Education -MyMath, Glencoe Math, Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Networks and Discovering World Geography, Moodle, Musiquest, MyON, NoRedInk, Odysseyware, Reading A-Z, ParentSquare, Prodigy, Legends of Learning, Mystery Science, MobyMax, Vocabulary.com, Inspire Science, Reading Plus, Houghton Mifflin Spanish Digital Textbook, Cambridge Elevate -Latin, Study Sync District online administrative tools created for us by our local vendor: Building Rentals, Conference Scheduling Tool, Curriculum Time Form, Directory, District Calendar, Lunch Tally Tool, PolicyTool, Sub Request Tool, Curriculum Payment Tool, Teacher Evaluation Tool, Transportation Tool, Administrators Calendar Tool, Student Account Search Engine, Technology Meeting Request Tool, New Course Name Change Tool.

Mountain House High School, Mountain House, CA
1 School
1,600 Students

With a “Learning Commons” that is both physical and digital, Mountain House High School is an exemplar of hybrid learning. With a thoroughly reimagined use of space and time, they have refined the art of truly flexible service to the disparate needs of all students. Mostly remote, partially re-mote, and on-campus learning blends students who only arrive minimally but may still be included in sports and extra-curricular activities, teacher office hours mid-day, rolling drop-off time windows, and more. A mastery-based curriculum includes a wide number of digital resources to personalize every student’s learning.

Tech List: Adobe Spark, Follett Destiny, Edgenuity, Nearpod, Formative, Ka-hoot, Vernier, ProQuest, Canvas, and many others.

Pickerington Local School District, Pickerington, OH
16 Schools
10,850 Students

The first district to achieve Knight status with the unique play of “TraDigital,” both a traditional and digital interweaving at scale. With a complete 1-1 of devices, and 80% of teaching and learning capable of working digitally, this district has a collaborative tech and curriculum staff that keeps driving up tech proficiency to drive learning achievement. Cross-building teaching teams show a mutation in structure to provide rapid refinement of methods to reduce distraction and focus teaching attention on human qualities of direct instruction.

Tech List: Google, Classlink, Clever, Illuminate, ST Math, Hapara, Overdrive, Peardeck, Edulastic, ESGI, McGraw-Hill (ALEKS), iReady, Infinite Campus, Read&Write, Imagine Learning, Typing.com, WeVideo, EdPuzzle, many others

EduJedi Achiever Awards

An EduJedi Achiever demonstrates increasing screen/live teaching blended learning creating a magnet for student attendance. There is in-classroom redesign with some new staff supporting new instructional ed-tech function. There is an extension of offerings to support varied student and/or community needs and schedules and various digital systems and resources including both discrete and adaptive digital curriculum are becoming integrated. Points of proven growth are creating an increasing culture of achievement.

The following have been awarded EduJedi Achiever status:

Buckeye Union High School District, Buckeye, AZ
3 Schools
3,070 Students

This district offers training on all their digital communications suites plus their LMS and SIS and numerous tool apps. Digital with 1-to-1 for all students for several years, this district is now working out the kinks in providing distance learning for all students as needed.

Tech List: Power School, I-Ready, many other digital resources.

Peru Central School District, Peru, NY
3 Schools
2,000 Students

With the knowledge that schools across the globe will soon place students at the center of their own education pathways, this district is relying more on technology to facilitate and differentiate learning experiences. Their digital transition came overnight as COVID hit New York. With a special two-weeks professional development mini-camp, they prepped and ran with a redesigned digital delivery for all online learning.

Tech List: Pebble, Brainpop, Kids A-Z, Type To Learn, PBS Kids, GoNoodle, ABCYa, BookFlix, CVCPop, Starfall, XtraMath, Prodigy, Wonders, Symbaloo, FunBrain.

Pinellas County Schools, Largo, FL
198 Schools
101,427 Students

With a Personalized Learning Pathway administered through a new online platform, this district helps students navigate their path to academic and career success. They also provide teacher coaching for tech integration to increase student engagement and continuously work on implementing tech referendum projects. Liaison work between all departments shows an evolution to seamless design.

Tech List: Blackboard, HMH, Curriculum Associates, McGraw Hill, National Geographic, Microsoft Office 365, Safari Montage, Clever, SMART Notebook and SMART Learning Suite online, SMART Boards, Epson interactive projectors, NearPod.

Other EduJedi Achiever Awardees:

Dimensions Collaborative School, Escondido, CAKaty ISD, Katy, TX

EduJedi Innovator Awards

An EduJedi Innovator shows innovative use of ed-tech to engage students and the community. The Innovator is trend-aware and utilizes various digital systems and resources to create gains; moving through change-management with students, staff and organizational supports. Progress has been made on working on points of achievement improvement in critical subjects.

The following have been awarded EduJedi Innovator status:

Denver Public Schools, Denver, CO
207 Schools
92,000 Students

This district is working hard to provide both students and parents with high-value information dashboards. By using technology as an enabling force for parent and student engagement, they have gained educator effectiveness, operational efficiency, student safety, and student achievement.

Tech List: Infinite Campus, Google, Lawson S3, Infor/GHR, LEAP & SLO, Microsoft.

Galena Park Independent School District, Houston, TX
24 Schools
22,300 Students

With a new hybrid schedule, parent and student orientations for digital learning, and digital activities added comprehensively across the curriculum, this district is using technology to drive higher achievement.

Tech List: Digital textbooks, On Data Suite, Eduphoria, Microsoft, Google for Education, SuccessEd, SchoolStatus, TEAMS, TipWeb, LightSpeed Content Filter, Lightspeed MDM, Skyward, Test Hound, RaaWee, DocuNav, ForeCast5, SchoolDude, ULS, Pearson Clinical, ClassLink, library software, IDM, VoiP Timeclock, DreamBox, Reading A-Z, iStation, iReady, STEMScopes, CommonLit, Edgenuity, Khan Academy,DBQ Project, Newsela, EdPuzzle, Flipgrid, NearPod, Quizziz, Pear Deck, Desmos.

Keller Independent School District, Keller, TX
43 Schools
35,352 Students

This District’s leadership established the “Remote Ready in KISD” badging program, virtual learning and educator training towards a total technology revolution in Keller ISD.

Tech List: Aeries SIS, eSped, Nearpod, Canvas, Google Suite (including Classroom), SeeSaw, EdPuzzle, Brainpop, Edutyping, Edgenuity, FLVS, Albert IO, Discovery Education.

Central Bucks School District, Doylestown, PA
23 Schools
180,000 Students

With students now fully mobile between on-campus and remote, this district has made significant progress redefining and reframing learning to be digital, including a full complement of tech deployments of both hardware and software. With new attention on the workflow of all the digital learning, this district is on a fast evolution.

Tech List: Microsoft, Google, Freckle, Scholastic, TCI, Kahn Academy, Reading Horizons, Xtra Math, Easy Bridge, Connect Ed, BrainPop, Code.org, EdYourFriend in Learning, (Spanish Program), and many others.

Other EduJedi Innovator Awardees:

Franklinton Elementary School, Franklinton, NC
North Woods Career Prep HS, Columbus, OH
Poudre School District, Fort Collins, CO

EduJedi Gainer Awards

An EduJedi Gainer has Intentional ed-tech tactics in play, deploying various digital systems and resources while executing change with students and teachers. The Gainer arrests any decline in engagement while already gaining ground with the community; headed for academic achievement growth.

The following have been awarded EduJedi Gainer status:

Medina Valley Independent School District, Castroville, TX
7 Schools
5,900 Students

With coverage models for digital curriculum in core and supplemental at 90%, this district brought forward the distance learning with mixed instruction successfully.

Tech List: Classlink, Zspace, Seesaw, Google Classroom, A+, ABC mouse, Brainpop, Code.org, Discovery Education, Education Galaxy, Flipgrid, Flocabulary, Follet Community,Imagine Math, Istation, IXL, K5 Technology Curriculum, Kahoot, Learn to type, McGraw Hill, Nearpod, PBS Kids, Prodigy Math Game, Naviance, TeachingBooks, K-12 Summit, TumbleBookLibrary, IXL, Splash Math, Learning Without Tears, Read Naturally, StudiesWeekly, SavvasEasyBridge, XtraMath, ABCya!, Epic!, Eduphoria, Duolingo.

Bay Area Technology School, Oakland, CA
1 School
360 Students

Students have been well accustomed to working online and the school is advancing every student as much as two grade years in ELA and Math routinely. Despite many languages and major cultural change, the school achieves results with approximately 25% free digital resources and 75% paid professional resources.

Tech List: iReady, IXL, Aeries.

Bunker Hill CUSD #8, Bunker Hill, IL
2 Schools
620 Students

With an inquisitive and strong Superintendent leading, this district has moved to a hybrid model and is on their way with their own mobile app.

Tech List: Google, Microsoft, other digital resources.

Oneida School District, Malad, ID
5 Schools
900 Students

This district has just completed a 1-to-1 device distribution and started using a learning management system to deliver student assignments and support. Their short-term indicators show positive academic growth.

Tech List: Power School, I-Ready.

Other EduJedi Gainer Awardees:


Adrien Block Intermediate School 25, Flushing, NY
Albuquerque Public Schools, Albuquerque, NM
Alief Independent School District, Houston, TX
Boise City Public Schools, Boise City, OK
Brooklyn Urban Garden Charter School, Brooklyn, NY
Celina ISD, Celina, TX
Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, Clarksville, TN
Classical Academy, Clifton, NJ
Culberson County-Allamoore ISD, Van Horn, TX
Ector County ISD, Odessa, TX
Elizabeth Public Schools, Elizabeth, NJ
ESC Region 2, Corpus Christi, TX
Estacada School District, Estacada, OR
Fort Towson Public Schools, Fort Towson, OK
Fredonia-Moccasin USD #6, Fredonia, AZ
Giant City CCSD130, Carbondale, IL
Hammond Westside Montessori School, Hammond, LA
Hinton Public Schools, Hinton, OK
James W. Lilley Elementary School, Sicklerville, NJ
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Elem. School, CPS, Chicago, IL
Kenilworth Science & Technology School, Baton Rouge, LA
Lakeview Junior Senior High School, Campti, LA
Leeds City Schools, Leeds, AL
Lighthouse Charter School, San Antonio, TX
Marion County School District, Columbia, MS
Metro Nashville Public Schools, Nashville, TN
Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, MD
Mount Carmel Elementary School, Cedar Grove, IN
MSAD 17 Guy E Rowe Elem., Oxford Hills SD, Norway, ME
New Horizon School and Learning Center, Santa Rosa, CA
Nixa Public Schools, Nixa, MO
Northshore Charter School, Bogalusa, LA
Pinello Elementary School, Colorado Springs, CO
Pontiac Academy for Excellence, Pontiac, MI
Prince George’s County Public Schools, Upper Marlboro, MD
Reardan-Edwall School District, Reardan, WA
Richland1, Columbia, SC
Rochester City School District, Rochester, NY
Sandpoint High School, Lake Pend Oreille SD #84, Sandpoint, ID
Schleicher ISD, Eldorado, TX
Schulenburg ISD, Schulenberg, TX
Taylor County Schools, Grafton, WV
Taylor Independent School District, Taylor, TX
Virtual Academy of Lafourche, Thibodaux, LA
Wichita Falls ISD, Wichita Falls, TX

What does it mean to be an EduJedi?

Being an EduJedi includes a pledge which sounds simple on its face, but is often harder to execute:

“We pledge to transformative relevance by co-opting the best of digital learning technologies, organizing people and resources for a student-centric and highly personalized experience, and to most importantly, leverage our human empathy to the best advantage for learners. We are EduJedi.”

The 5 R’s: The Learning Counsel’s reasons for making this Pact include giving their schools and teachers a chance to:
• Reset. Computing device deployments and random software usage is insufficient to realize the efficiency and greater service that can be unleashed because of tech reliance. Joining the future requires a mindset change that compliments new social dynamics and economic drivers.
• Retool. Take practical steps for individual teachers and administrations to get to alignment across the bridge of change and retain relevance.• Redesign. The entire experience of learning to provide sufficient core subject understanding while eliciting creativity, curiosity and a high degree of interaction.
• Reorganize. To change structure, s chedules, and personnel in an orchestration that leads forward with challenging environments attractive to learners and parents.
• Rehumanize. By not compromising on the technologies, we highlight the most important asset, our ingenuity and humanity.

The Learning Counsel is developing a paid level of its EduJedi program to assist schools of education, school districts, charter organizations and independent schools with additional training as they transition to a more student-centered perspective, fueled by technology, so teachers can maximize their humanity and undeniable value.

The 2019 National Survey Awards included the following categories:

EduJedi Knights – Intentional refinement of ed-tech tactics in play, including a good degree of integration between systems and types of apps, some administrative and personalized learning workflow enablement. Experience focus has moved beyond in-classroom redesign only to involve more spaces, more flexibility, and has emboldened initial changes in instructional/tech staff. Tech is embedded, not a separate “subject” only. Leadership is leveling up to challenge norms and create even better achievement results.
EduJedi Achievers – Increasing screen/live teaching blended learning creating a magnet for student attendance. In-classroom redesign with some new staff supporting new instructional ed-tech function. An extension of offerings to support varied student and/or community needs and schedules. Various digital systems and resources including both discrete and adaptive digital curriculum becoming integrated; points of proven growth creating an increasing culture of achievement.
EduJedi Innovators – Innovative use of ed-tech to engage students and the community. Trend-aware and utilizing various digital systems and resources to create gains; moving through change-management with students, staff and organizational supports. Making progress working on points of achievement improvement in critical subjects.
EduJedi Gainers – Intentional ed-tech tactics in play. Deploying various digital systems and resources while executing change with students and teachers. Arresting any decline in engagement while already gaining ground with the community; headed for academic achievement growth.

Past Award Recipients

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. Sheryl Abshire

Dr.Sheryl Abshire is the 2018 recipient of the Learning Counsel Lifetime Achievement Award for professional achievement and enthusiastic leadership with ed-tech to transform learning. Sheryl exhibits one personality trait that we know to be the one that is the most necessary to achieving anything at all with ed-tech intermixed in with actual people in schools, and that is ENTHUSIASM. She consistently exhibits the spirit of what it takes to move forward on a wave of pure energy. It’s her internal will that we celebrate today and hope she continues to pass on.

As a 41-year veteran educator, Sheryl has worked as a school principal, K-5 teacher, library/media specialist, classroom teacher, assistant professor at Lamar University, & as adjunct professor at McNeese State University & Louisiana Tech University. She has been involved in diverse staff development programs throughout the nation involving restructuring schools through the infusion of technology and curriculum enhancements. She is the recently retired CTO of Calcasieu Parish School System in Lake Charles, LA. There she led technology integration and served as catalyst to initiate the integration of technology into all curriculum areas throughout her school district, the state, & internationally.

2019 EduJedi Knight: St, Vrain Valley Schools, CO

Learning Counsel is pleased to award St. Vrain Valley Schools the status of EduJedi Knight. St. Vrain Valley Schools is the only District ever to make the level of EduJedi Knight. This stellar district continues to up its games responding to its highest pressure points: social and cultural expectations for consumer-level personalized digital experiences, ever-changing academic and technical standards and increasing technology complexity. Instead of running from those realities, St. Vrain runs towards them, helping lead the entire nation towards the real change needed for schools. The only district Learning Counsel has found that is deeply involved in workflow aimed at personalized learning, this district also has 100% digital coverage for core curriculum, 90% for electives, 80% for special needs and 100% for professional development. Most recently they unveiled a new mobile Innovation Lab.

2018 Superhero Award for Education: Renton Preparatory School

The Education Superhero award was presented to Renton Preparatory School. Renton Preparatory School is an example of what the future of student learning and school administration can be. Taking a systems approach to managing the personalization of student learning, Renton Prep has been at the forefront of the movement to embrace digital content and tools to transform the teaching and learning process. Their efforts to redesign the education experience has drawn the attention and praise of educators from around the world. Renton’s students are regular presenters at education conferences around the country on topics as complex at artificial intelligence. Beyond evolving the learning experience for the student, they have also redesigned the organizational structure of the school to better drive and deliver the learning experience that their students have come to expect.

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award: Peter Haapala

The Lifetime Achievement award was presented to Peter Haapala, Superintendent at Warroad Public Schools in Minnesota. Haapala has served in education for 30 years, from the classroom to the Superintendency. After retiring, Haapala graciously returned as Superintendent to again lead a school district needing his skills. Throughout his years in education, he has always been a forward thinker with the interest of students at the center of his motivation. His work as Superintendent to lead change in a rural, small school district is, by any standard, cutting edge. A mix of digital content use, digital devices for students, project-based learning, and complete professional development, are all exceptionally well executed in the small district of Warroad, MN. Executive staff, teachers and students alike adore Peter, and he has earned the great respect of educators and industry alike. For all of this, Mr. Haapala is given this Lifetime Achievement Award for his compassionate leadership excellence.

2017 Superhero Award Orange County Public Schools, Florida

Orange County Public Schools is the proud home of the LaunchED Digital Learning Program, which is now in its fourth year of implementation. Annually OCPS deploys approximately 100,000 digital devices to staff and students at all twenty high schools, eleven middle schools, and six elementary schools. The digital transformation at these schools is led by Digital Curriculum Teacher Leaders at each site whom attend monthly professional development provided by district staff. Professional development focuses on how the seven key instructional systems can be leveraged to support personalized learning. Over the course of four years professional development supports the transition of classrooms from traditional instruction to transformative learning. To date, there are one hundred and eleven Digital Curriculum Teacher Leaders at LaunchED sites. This year, classroom teachers also have the ability to receive monthly direct instruction through the LaunchED courses housed in the Canvas learning management system Professional development begins one year before launch, this year the district is on-boarding its fifth cohort which add the remaining thirty-two middle school sites to the LaunchED program. OCPS is committed to be 1-to-1 by 2021!

2016 Awardees
2016 Glowing Screen Award – Industry: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Awarded for HMH Player for outstanding UI/UX design and technology leadership for schools and districts transitioning to digital curriculum

2016 Superhero Award
Houston Independent School District, Texas

Houston ISD is a “Superhero” District with visionary leaders who push ever upward to higher heights of digital sophistication.