Rowland Baker Receives 2014 California ASCD Instructional Leader Award

Our AppsEvents speakers and core team members are key contributors to the success of AppsEvents organized summits and to the organization itself. We would like to recognize Rowland Baker for an amazing job and being the 2014 California ASCD Instructional Leader Award Winner.

Every year CASCD selects an Outstanding Instructional Leader (OIL) that has significantly impacted/influenced public education in California. Individuals, who influence, advocate for and support professional growth and instructional leadership to ensure success for each learner are nominated by their CASCD peers. This year CASCD is please to recognize an outstanding California instructional leader has made significant contributions, Rowland Baker, Executive Director of the Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL).

Rowland has made sustained and/or extraordinary efforts in promoting the educational use of technology to advance student achievement through legislation, successful defense of funding or other legislation related to education that supports CUE’s mission and membership.

Here are some of the accomplishments that Rowland Baker has done over the last 20-30 years in promoting advocacy for school funding aimed at Educational Technology.

Rowland has:

  • Served on CUE Legislative Advocacy Committee;
  • Received the CUE Legislative Advocacy Award, as well as the Making IT Happen Award from ISTE/CUE;
  • Co-Authored several pieces of legislation to insure funding for schools;
  • Presented at regional, State, National and International Conferences on the power of digital literacy in our schools;
  • Was invited to participate in the “Open Educational Resources” Summit sponsored by UNESCO in Paris, France;
  • Served on State Committees defining regulations of legislation;
  • Successfully written proposals to the GATES Foundation to match California Legislation funding (AB 75) for Leadership Training in Digital Learning;
  • Has “Walked the Halls” to advocate for Digital Learning in Sacramento as well as Washington, D.C.;
  • Presented to Congressional Staff as well as California Senate and Assembly on Digital Learning Initiatives;
  • Led state funded leadership programs for Digital Learning for 15 years, www.portical.org;
  • Written several articles for On-CUE and the Association of California School Administration (ACSA) Publications on Legislative Advocacy, Digital Learning; and Enriching Student 
  • Achievement through Technology;
  • Represented ISTE at the Global Educational Summit in Dubai, UAE, EduSummit in Netherlands, and again in Paris, France;
  • Key writer in original ISTE Standards for Administrators;
  • Wrote plans to encourage advocacy of Digital Learning aligning with the ISTE Standards to be implemented in the Gulf Region of the United Arab Emirates;
  • Keynoted in many “Google Summits” nationally and internationally advocating for digital learning and digital citizenship;
  • Has recruited over 50 practicing leaders in California as well as other states to become advocates for Education Learning through the TICAL Project;
  • Has given input through ISTE for several National Educational Technology Plans;
  • Has used social media and email lists to reach thousands to advocate National and State Funding in Technology; 
  • Answered the call from ISTE on numerous occasions to advocate to our national representatives the importance of their support of specific legislation, and used social media as well as other networks (print and digital) to promote support from others; 
  • Has marshaled California Educational Organizations (i.e. ACSA, CCSESA, and CUE) to support Legislative action on several occasions.
  • Recipient(s) Organization(s) Year Ed Tech Action Network ISTE, 
  •            – CoSN 2007            – Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard US House of Representatives,

                 – Tom Torlakson California’s 11th Assembly District 2009 
                 – John Cradler Educational Support Systems 2010 
                 – Hilary Goldman ISTE 2012
                 – Barbara Nemko Napa County Superintendent of Schools 2013
                 – Hanabeth Jackson State Senator 2014
                 – George Miller U.S. Congressman 2014Rowland Baker 
                 – Executive Director, TICAL, Santa Cruz Office of California’s 34th District 2008 Assemblymember Education 2015
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