Leading the K-12 Enterprise: Key characteristics of the 21st-century education leader?
Dr. Vaille has a more than a quarter century of experience in just about every aspect of education—from the classroom and administration in K-12 to the leadership of an international professional society. John has taught kindergarten and the elementary grades, prepared teachers to use technology with their students, and taught graduate students at MIT, Stanford, and Pepperdine Universities. He currently holds a guest faculty appointment the University of Oregon, College of Education. Vaille currently is the lead partner in Enterprise Learning Solutions, a West Coat consulting firm specializing in assisting medium- to large-size school districts to integrate content into their educational network deployments.In 2001, Dr. Vaille began service with the Corporation for Educational Networking Initiatives in California as the Director of Educational Applications for the Digital California Project (DCP), a public/private partnership that is creating a statewide high performance network that will connect the more than 11,000 schools, colleges, and universities in California. Vaille’s role is to connect the teaching and learning resources of the K-12, University of California, California State University and the California Community College systems and those of the private sector to this advanced services network. On July 1, 1999, Vaille joined the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) as its first Chief Executive Officer. At NECC 2001, ISTE awarded Vaille its 2001 Learning & Leading with Technology Award in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of technology in schools and colleges. In January 2000, Vaille was named among the eSchool News Impact 20 – a select group of American educational technology leaders who have made significant impacts on this nation’s schools and colleges.In June 1996, Vaille joined the California Instructional Technology Clearinghouse as its director and as the Stanislaus County Office of Education’s assistant superintendent for technology and learning resources. His work expanded the reach of the Clearinghouse’s services beyond California to serve many states and the schools operated by the Department of Defense around the world. In 1989, the governor of California appointed Vaille to the Board of Education’s Educational Technology Committee and as a member of the California Planning Commission for Educational Technology. Also in California, Vaille served as the president of Computer-Using Educators, Inc., from 1989 to 1992. In 1993, he joined the CUE staff as its executive director, serving in that capacity until 1996.In December 1998, Vaille completed his doctorate in educational technology at Pepperdine University. His dissertation identified the key criteria for identifying high-quality educational Web sites. The results of this work will be published in a forthcoming book,Ten Keys to Great Web Sites for Schools. See a case study of Lake Washington Schools - 21st-Century Instructional Technology.
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