Wise Named “Big 10” Leader in Digital Learning and Joins Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International Board of Governors
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Alliance for Excellent Education announced that Bob Wise, president of the Alliance and former governor of West Virginia, has been recognized by Tech & Learning and the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International for his efforts toward effective implementation of technology and digital learning in the nation’s high schools. Wise has been at the forefront of the movement for years as a continuous proponent for advancing technology use in the classroom and reforming high school education.
Tech & Learning, a resource for education technology leaders who focus on K–12 education, named Wise one of “The Big 10” leaders who have made significant strides in implementing technology in education through many forms, including policy, advocacy, and innovative tech-based learning initiatives.
Wise also initiated Digital Learning Day, a national awareness campaign now in its third year that showcases how technology improves teaching and learning in the United States to provide all students with experiences enabling them to graduate from high school well prepared for college and a career.
“Technology has transformed nearly every facet of modern life, except for the way we educate today’s students—tomorrow’s leaders,” said Bob Wise, president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and former governor of West Virginia. “That’s what inspired Digital Learning Day and it’s what drives the Alliance’s Project 24. I’m honored to be recognized by Tech & Learning for these and other efforts in digital learning.”
Tech & Learning praised Wise for the Alliance’s ground-breaking “Project 24,” a comprehensive process for school district’s systematic planning around the effective use of technology and digital learning to achieve the goal of college and career readiness for all students. In Project 24’s first year, more than 970 districts took the “digital readiness self-assessment survey” and more than 5,000 education leaders from 1,400 different districts accessed Project 24 resources to assist a planning process.
In addition, Wise was named to the Board of Governors for the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International, which consists of more than 300 people from all walks of education, including teachers and professors, PTA members, philanthropists, researchers, entrepreneurs, and journalists.
“If the nation is to provide all students with the education they need to graduate ready for college and a career, it must identify and learn from the individuals who are already delivering on this promise,” Wise said. “I am honored to join the Board of Governors at the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International, which recognizes what is right in education by identifying, honoring, and celebrating the collective contributions of individuals at all levels of the education community.”
The Academy recognizes and celebrates individuals in education through their annual Bammy Awards. As one of eleven new members to the board, Wise voted to help identify the 2014 Bammy Award honorees. The award ceremony is scheduled for September 27 in Washington, DC.
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. www.all4ed.org.