Metro Schools' learning technology leader is one of the best in the country

Kecia Ray 2013Have you met Dr. Kecia Ray? She is the district's technology guru. She's the one who helped develop our national model learning technology plan, put together the city's largest ever professional development program and the one who decides how and why we use technology in the classroom. So she's kind of a big deal.

We're not the only ones who think so. Dr. Ray has just been named one of the top 10 most influential leaders in education technology by Tech & Learning magazine

This kind of national recognition is certainly deserved. Dr. Ray works for Metro Schools, but her expertise also earned her a job as board president of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Why did she make this list? Take a look at what the magazine said:

Ray’s selection did not happen just because she has been hanging out with President Obama, who identified Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools’ (MNPS) McGavock High School as a model in his most recent State of the Union address. And it’s not just because she took the helm as president of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) board in 2013.

Ray, who was a participant in Tennessee’s first distance learning network in 1993, has been making her mark for a long time. In her current position as the district’s first Executive Director of Learning Technology, she continues to create some of the most innovative learning spaces in this country. “The goal for our technology learning plan is to have a device for every child and be fully blended, wall-to-wall, at the end of the three years.”

The district is now redefining the role of the librarian, bringing in a team of certified instructional designers to provide training and support so they become versed in instructional design methodology. “We are pretty convinced that it is easier to implement Common Core when you have a great librarian to support the supplemental aspects of the curriculum within the core,” says Ray. We’re pretty convinced the POTUS will agree.

Read more about Dr. Ray and the country's other top ed tech leaders on the Tech & Learning website.