CDE names Cashwell among Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers

Dr. Amy Cashwell, Virginia Beach City Public Schools (VBCPS) Chief Academic Officer, has been selected as one of the Center for Digital Education’s (CDE) 2017 Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers. The 30 K-12 and higher education leaders were selected based on “their efforts to improve education through effective implementation of technology-rich solutions; their impact on student outcomes; and their overall initiative, creativity and leadership skills,” according to the CDE.

Cashwell is recognized for her leadership and transformational work to support the school division’s digital learning goals in the VBCPS strategic framework, Compass to 2020. She established the division’s Digital Learning Anchor Schools initiative in which a cadre of 15 schools studied device implementation and developed digital learning best practices to support the expansion of digital learning programs in all schools. She also led the organizational change to implement a school-based instructional technology support program that includes an instructional technology specialist in every school.

“From seeking the latest research to collaborating with colleagues across departments to provide comprehensive and innovative school initiatives, Dr. Cashwell works tirelessly to create the best classroom experiences for students as possible,” wrote Bill Johnsen, VBCPS director of instructional technology, and Nicole DeVries, VBCPS administrative coordinator, in their nomination letter. “She continues to call for and support the acquisition and integration of digital instructional resources into the curriculum including textbooks as well as applications that teachers can use to target student needs.”

Cashwell was also recognized for leadership in education technology by the Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE). The organization named her its 2016 Outstanding Leader of the Year last fall.

A VBCPS graduate of Kempsville High School, Cashwell began her career with the division in 1998 as a teacher and served as an assistant principal and principal before her current appointment. She received her bachelor’s degree in liberal studies and elementary education from Longwood College. She has a master’s degree in education administration and supervision and doctoral degree in education administration and policy studies, both from The George Washington University.

The 2017 Top 30 Technologists, Transformers and Trailblazers will be recognized by the CDE at its Digital Education Leadership Conversation event held Nov. 9-10 in Pompano Beach, Florida. View profiles of the honorees at or in the CDE’s fall issue of Converge magazine.

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