The Kentucky Department of Education has recognized three educational organizations and their employees for their dedication and support of education technology by selecting them as recipients of the 2016-17 Stilwell Award. The Stilwell Award is named after the late Dr. William E. Stilwell, a long time faculty member of the University of Kentucky’s College of Education who worked diligently throughout his career to improve Kentucky K-12 educators’ access to modern technology.
Stilwell managed numerous LISTSERVs for all 173 school districts and provided technology support for all of them from his college office. The award incorporates a pair of red suspenders like those Stilwell was known for wearing.
The 2016-17 Stilwell Award was presented to:
· Terri Stice with the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRECC) for her 25-year dedication and success in providing outstanding support to school districts that enable them to maximize instructional technology in classrooms.
· The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative’s (KVEC) Appalachian Renaissance Initiative (ARI), led by KVEC Executive Director Jeff Hawkins and Appalachian Renaissance Initiative (ARI) leaders Paul Green and Andrew Castle, for their successful implementation of a variety of large scale Kentucky K-12 education technology initiatives over the past four years.
· The Kentucky Educational Development Corporation’s (KEDC) Technology Services, led by Jerry Prince, for playing a pivotal role in getting the state’s K-12 financial management system, Munis, initially stabilized and maximized in school district offices and for installing the state’s education technology network infrastructure in many school buildings. KEDC continues to play an active role in both systems.