USC School District Curriculum Leader, Bradley Wilson, Among the “20 to Watch” Technology Educators in the Country
UPPER ST. CLAIR, PA, March 12, 2014 – Bradley (Brad) Wilson, Customization/Instructional Technology Curriculum Leader at Upper St. Clair School District, has been selected by the National School Boards Association (NSBA) as a “20 to Watch” educator for the 2013-14 school year. Mr. Wilson is among the 20 distinctive education leaders from across the country being recognized for their ability to inspire colleagues to incorporate innovative technology solutions that contribute to high-quality learning environments and more efficient school district operations. These emerging leaders will be helping to shape the work of education technology for the next 20 years and will be honored during the CoSN Conference in Washington, DC in mid-March.
Mr. Wilson was chosen by NSBA for being an innovative seventh grade teacher who leverages technology to customize instruction for his students. He has led the 1:1 iPad initiative with 4 teachers and 120 students at Fort Couch Middle School. Although iPads are viewed as the focus, Brad feels that they are merely a platform for other programs/apps to be leveraged, including Blackboard for content organization and opportunities for quick, yet high descriptive feedback; screen-casting videos to YouTube; and exploring the potential of The Explain Everything App to “redefine classroom instruction.”
Mr. Wilson demonstrates leadership in both formal and informal settings as he continues to champion district-wide initiatives and capacity building activities. He co-presented “Customizing Learning: From District Vision to Classroom Implementation” at the Customized Learning Summit, which featured school districts from several states that were innovators in leveraging technology to customize instruction for students. For the past three years, Mr. Wilson has created outstanding PowerPoint presentations for Upper St. Clair School District presenters at major conferences, including National School Boards Association (2012) and Pennsylvania School Boards Association (2011).
As a classroom teacher, Brad serves as a professional learning community facilitator and has co-developed and facilitated the Fort Couch Student Leadership Academy, a unique weeklong course designed to enhance the authentic leadership skills of seventh and eighth grade students.
Mr. Wilson also demonstrates exemplary skills as a service leader. For the past three years, he has led a fundraising campaign to support students with disabilities. This community service project involves numerous staff, students, parents and community members and has raised thousands of dollars for various charities.