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Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Luftglass Named 2005 Educational Technology Leader by Virginia Department of Education

Maribeth Luftglass , assistant superintendent for information technology and chief information officer for Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), has been named 2005 Educational Technology Leader in Region 4 by the Virginia Department of Education.

One of eight regional winners, Luftglass was honored for helping FCPS achieve local and state technology goals and for guiding the implementation of educational technologies in teaching and learning. In nominating Luftglass, FCPS Superintendent Jack D. Dale cited her work with the Joint Technology Committee, which includes instructional and special education curriculum specialists, school-based technology specialists, principals, teachers, and staff members from support departments. The committee reviews, prioritizes, and monitors all major educational technology initiatives for the school system and contributes to the FCPS divisionwide technology plan. Under her leadership, the Department of Information Technology developed the Educational Decision Support Library (EDSL), an electronic library of systemwide data, including student standardized test scores, demographic information, and enrollment and attendance figures used by school system employees for data analysis and decision making to support student achievement. EDSL has been so successful in FCPS that other school systems in Virginia have begun using the program.

Luftglass is also credited with forming strong partnerships in the community and the business world to support projects such as the K-12 Networking Education-Community-Teachers-Students (K 12nects) and partnerships with the Northern Virginia Technology Council, Fairfax County government, and local businesses. Under her guidance, FCPS 24-7 Learning—in partnership with Blackboard.com—was introduced, providing online instruction and resources to students, teachers, staff members, and parents and enabling learning to take place around the clock. Today, FCPS is the largest K-12 Blackboard user in the world.

Luftglass will receive her award on Tuesday, December 6, at the Virginia Educational Technology Leadership Conference in Roanoke.

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Note: For more information, contact Maribeth Luftglass at 703-503-7610 or maribeth.luftglass@fcps.edu.