Locals Recognized for Contributions to Education

At the 12th Annual Innovation in Education Awards, the Classroom of the Future Foundation recently honored education leaders, schools, and programs that utilize the most forward-thinking uses of educational technology in San Diego County. Each year the foundation aims to recognize classroom leaders and programs that inspire students to achieve through technology-based learning programs.

Two Encinitas residents were recognized by the foundation as being at the forefront in the movement of technology-based education. Encinitas School District (EUSD) Superintendent Timothy Baird received the SDG&E Innovative Superintendent Award for his ongoing commitment to innovative learning programs. He recently implemented the one-to-one digital learning program for all students in Encinitas, which resulted in high student achievement. Thomas Greaves, a local resident and chairman of locally based educational consulting firm, The Greaves Group, was also recognized at the awards ceremony for his work with technology-based education programs. Through his firm Thomas implemented ProjectRED, the first large-scale national research study to identify and prioritize the factors that make K-12 technology implementations successful. Bruce Braciszewski, Ph.D., executive director of Classroom of the Future Foundation, noted that the quality of nominations this past year markedly improved and that the foundation received twice as many nominations as the previous year. “This shows a movement in San Diego County toward widespread adoption of technology-based learning, which ultimately will better prepare our students for the future,” said Bruce.

In addition to the individual awards, $40,000 in scholarships was provided by the U.S.S. Midway Museum and the Jack in the Box Foundation that will be distributed amongst 20 AVID students. Founded in San Diego in 1980, AVID is the country’s most successful college prep program. For more information visit www.classroomofthefuture.org.