Kyle Pace, instructional technology specialist at the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, is among 15 educational leaders from throughout the United States being featured in a new special report from Education Week, a national magazine.
The 15 educators are spotlighted in the magazine’s new “Leaders to Learn From” report, which is included in the Feb. 6 print issue of Education Week. An electronic version of the report was posted online at http://www.edweek.org on Feb. 4.
According to magazine officials, the 2013 report “profiles district-level leaders – superintendents, assistant superintendents and others – who seized on creative but practical approaches and put them to work in their school districts.” The feature tells the stories of problem-solvers who saw a need for change in some aspect of schooling in their communities and found a way to carry it out.
To find these leaders, Education Week put out a call to readers for nominees, beginning in June 2012. Editorial staff also sought nominations from administrators’ groups in most of the 50 states as well as from members of the Education Writers Association, a Washington-based organization that includes local education reporters across the country. Education Week’s own reporters identified leaders who are making their marks within the topical areas those reporters cover.
Pace was recognized for helping teachers learn to use social media for professional development through tools such as Twitter and blogging. Through Twitter, for example, the teachers are able to connect with like-minded educators to improve their own teaching skills. They also use social media to communicate with students and parents while serving as positive technology role models for students.
In addition, Pace organized a local education “unconference” known as Edcamp KC, which has met annually for the past three years. The event provides a free day of professional development with teachers attending from throughout the Midwest. To read Pace’s complete magazine profile, visit http://www.edweek.org/ew/-
Pace is a Google certified teacher and a moderator of #edchat, an educational discussion that takes place each Tuesday evening on Twitter. He has also taught many instructional technology graduate classes for Lee’s Summit R-7 teachers.
Pace earned his bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and his master’s in educational technology from Lesley University. He began his education career as a fourth-grade teacher in Kansas City Public Schools before coming to Lee’s Summit R-7 nine years ago as an instructional technology specialist.
In addition to recognition in the national magazine, the 15 educators are being invited to attend a forum scheduled during April in Washington, D.C. The trip is funded through the magazine, and events will include a formal recognition of the educators.