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North Carolina's Mooresville Graded School District Awarded ISTE's 2012 Sylvia Charp Award for District Innovation in Technology

by User Not Found | Jul 30, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) and T.H.E. Journal recognize Mooresville Graded School District of Mooresville, N.C. as the winner fo the ninth annual Sylvia Charp District Award, which honors districts that exhibit effectiveness and innovation through the application of technology.

The district received the Sylvia Charp Award for its Digital Conversion program, which achieved a 91 percent high school graduation rate -- an increase of 5 percentage points from the previous year and an increase of 14 percentage points from 2007. Alan Schwarz of The New York Times wrote that "Mooresville ... has quietly emerged as the de facto national model of the digital school." The district's technology staff members include the following:

  • Mark Edwards, superintendent and a pioneer of one-to-one computing in public schools. He is currently leading his second district one-to-one laptop initiative, equipping more than 54,000 students in the Mooresville district with 21st century tools, such as laptops, interactive whiteboards, and iPads.
  • Scott Smith, chief technology officer. He has overseen Mooresville's laptop program. This Digital Conversion program has seen outstanding results in the way of decreased dropouts and suspensions, increased attendance, and increased end-of-course and end-of-grade test scores, while moving the district into a digital teaching and learning environment.

The Sylvia charp Award was created to honor Sylvia Charp, founder and former editor-in-chief of T.H.E. Journal and lifelong ISTE supporter, for her groundbreaking contributions and support of the education technology community. The award focuses on innovation and district-wide implementation.

Mooresville Graded School District was recognized at ISTE's annual conference and exposition, ISTE 2012, in San Diego in June. The district received complimentary travel accommodations and registration for three representatives to the conference. In addition, the district will be highlighted in ISTE publications and in T.H.E. Journal.

About ISTE

The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the innovative and effective use of technology in PK-12 and teacher education. Home to ISTE's annual conference and exposition and the widely adopted NETS, ISTE represents more than 100,000 professionals worldwide.

About T.H.E. Journal

T.H.E. Journal is dedicated to informing and educating K-12 administrators, technologists and educators to improve and advance the learning process through the use of technology. T.H.E. Journal has a magazine and online resources that delivers news, trends, features, case studies and expert advice on vital topics, policy and advocacy, plus much more.


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