Making IT Happen is an internationally recognized awards program from ISTE for educators and leaders in the field of educational technology integration in K–12 schools. The program identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation. The Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) ISTE affiliate is pleased to honor our latest Making IT Happen educator.
METC’s most recent Making IT Happen winner has been an invaluable part of the Rockwood School District. He has moved the district into the digital age by being a flexible leader who is constantly looking to see what tools and practices will serve his students and teachers well. At the same time, he is constantly evaluating current tools that are no longer relevant or do not meet district instructional needs. In his tenure, he has implemented many organizational structures including collaborative online productivity through Google Apps for Education, and has introduced bring your own device into the district to give students more access to digital tools.
As the Director of Technology in Rockwood, he has been integral in creating a digital learning environment where teachers and students can use technology seamlessly. He oversees the Instructional Technology Specialists who help classroom teachers use technology as part of their instructional practice. Leadership provided by our winner has been integral to the process of getting technology into the hands of students in the district. He models technology in all of his meetings with teachers, administrators and community members and highlights the work that Rockwood teachers are doing in their classrooms.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University, a master’s degree in teaching from Webster University and a master’s degree in strategic studies from Army War College in Carlisle, PA. He has leadership roles on several local, regional and international professional technology organizations and committees and also serves as Brigade Commander in the Missouri National Guard. In addition to the Making IT Happen award, he has been recognized with awards for his work in education and technology and received medals including Meritorious Service, Missouri Conspicuous Service, Bronze Star and Humanitarian Service.
While he has been in instructional technology since 1997 and has greatly contributed to the use of technology in his district, his expertise has benefited the St. Louis area as well. He has served on the METC advisory Committee for many years, serves as adjunct professor at Webster University, and has served as president of the Educational Technology Association. His work in education has touched and influenced many people throughout his career and will continue to do so. Whether he is writing a grant to provide technology resources to teachers and students, or providing a vision to his district, Will Blaylock is truly Making IT Happen in the St. Louis area.