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Bill Bass named '20 to Watch' education technology leaders

bill bass photo 4/11/2017 -- Bill Bass, Parkway School District, was named a “20 to Watch” for education technology leader by the National School Boards Association (NSBA). Education leaders from across the country were recognized for their ability to inspire colleagues to explore and embrace innovative technology solutions and instructional strategies that contribute to high-quality learning experiences for all students.

Bass is Parkway’s innovation coordinator for instructional technology, information and library media. Among his other systemic considerations to the meaningful adoption of technology, Bass defines equity as access to content, access to equipment and devices and equity of the experience a student will have in a classroom. He keeps an eye on the future through the innovation playground, a research and design space created to investigate new products and approaches.

Bass was recognized during the Consortium for School Networking Conference, April 3 in Chicago, Ill. This is the 11th year of NSBA’s “20 to Watch” program, created in 2006 to identify emerging leaders who would be helping to shape the national conversation about education technology for the next 20 years.

“This year’s '20 to Watch' honorees reflect the different approaches educators are using to advance interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and STEAM which includes the arts in addition to STEM content,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA, Executive Director & CEO. “From makerspaces and mentoring to afterschool clubs and virtual brown bag lunches with remote industry experts, educators are creating opportunities for students that can have a life-altering impact. Teachers and administrators, with support from their school boards, share a vision for learning that prepares students for future success.”