José Espinoza, Ed.D. Superintendent of Schools
Socorro Independent School District Superintendent José Espinoza, Ed.D. has been named the 2018-2019 Tech Savvy Superintendent by the Texas K12 CTO Council.
“Our focus never wavers from ensuring our students are truly prepared for college, careers, and life. By incorporating digital devices, online instruction, and innovative technology in our classrooms, we’re giving them a head start to succeed in a fast-paced future that will rely more than ever on technology,” Espinoza said.
“I am honored to be recognized by the Texas K12 CTO Council because it showcases the excellent work our students, teachers, and administrators are achieving with new tools and resources. Team SISD is certainly at the forefront of digital teaching and learning.”
According to SISD officials, Espinoza was awarded for “promoting and supporting innovative uses of technology in Team SISD. He has been a leader in integrating digital learning and the latest technological resources to improve student learning, empower educators, and ensure SISD students are prepared for a technology-based, global society.”
With this state accolade, Espinoza now will be considered for a national recognition from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). The Texas K-12 CTO Council is the state chapter of CoSN and the premier organization for chief technology officers in Texas schools.
In January 2015, Espinoza signed the U.S. Department of Education’s Future Ready Schools Pledge to be aligned with the federal ConnectED initiative and to affirm SISD’s commitment to invest in technology to advance teaching and learning, fully train educators to utilize new resources, and offer more technological devices for student use.
Since then, the district’s Operation Future Ready efforts have resulted in more personalized digital learning for students and the use of technological resources in classrooms across SISD.
The district’s commitment to provide opportunities in technology has led to what SISD officials say are “unprecedented student achievement and academic gains.” Most notably, SISD is one of only three among the largest 50 districts in the state to earn the postsecondary readiness distinction in the Texas Education Agency’s latest school accountability ratings.
District officials added, “With Espinoza’s leadership, SISD has made great strides in expanding the Digitally Nurturing Academics DNA 1:1 (one laptop to one student) program at middle schools and all high schools in the district, providing personal digital learning devices to all students in the one-of-a-kind WIN Academy, providing WiFi hotspots for students to check out and take home to increase internet accessibility, qualifying for federal E-rate funds to maintain and upgrade the district’s network infrastructure, and providing an annual technology conference for all teachers so that they are knowledgeable and confident to use new technology in the classroom.”
The award was announced at the TX CTO Council Winter Meeting in conjunction with the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Mid-Winter Conference on Jan. 27 in Austin.