Baltimore County schools Superintendent Dallas Dance will receive an award at the White House on Thursday for his commitment to bringing technology into schools.
Dance has been named one of 10 national Connected Educator Champions of Change and will accept the award at a 2 p.m. ceremony. The award is being given to those who have used technology to increase student learning.
Dance said he was humbled by the award and has "absolutely no idea" who nominated him for it or why he was one of the 10 chosen. He said he received an email two weeks ago asking him to submit biographical information.
In his first year and a half as superintendent, Dance has made expanding foreign-language instruction to the elementary grades and getting more technology into classrooms some of his goals.
He said he would like every student in the school system to have a mobile device that makes course material, grades, class schedules and other information accessible. The district is now developing the BCPS One system, which would store all the information in one place so that students can access all they need when the district purchases mobile devices.
Dance said he has "redirected some funds" from other areas of the budget to Wi-Fi in the schools and to complete the BCPS One project.
The award, Dance said, is the result of a long list of people in the district working on improving the school system.
Dance said his mother is a little annoyed by his reaction.
"She said it is a bigger deal than I am making it. I don't view it as a 'Wow.' I have never really gotten fascinated by awards. I am more fascinated by the work," Dance said. Walking into a classroom where kids are interested in what they are learning is more exciting, he said, though he acknowledged: "I am pretty sure it will hit me tomorrow."Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun