EPISD Superintendent Juan Cabrera is one of 20 recipients of the Speak Up Shout Out Award for Outstanding Superintendents, an award given out to school leaders who have made significant contributions to digital learning.
Project Tomorrow — a California-based nonprofit whose mission is to change the lives of students through science, math and technology education — handed out the awards to school leaders who had exceptional participation in the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning.
“More than 2,600 districts participated in Speak Up 2015, but these 20 (superintendents) stood out to us for their commitment to raising the voices of their stakeholders — notably students, parents, community members and educators at all levels,” said Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans.
The Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning provides school districts throughout the country with new insights into how students want to leverage digital tools for learning based upon the authentic, unfiltered ideas of students themselves. More than 430,000 students participated in the project.
Digital learning has been a key driving force for Cabrera during his tenure as superintendent in EPISD.
“We need to give students the tools theyâ€™ll need to succeed in college and the workforce, and at this time that means active learning with a special focus on technology,” Cabrera said. “Our goal is to provide this opportunities for learning to all of our students, regardless of the neighborhood in which they live.”
Just last year, the District launched PowerUp, an initiative to create more active-learning opportunities for students in goals of preparing them for the global economy and life after high school. PowerUp included the distribution of 18,000 laptops to all high-school students.