The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) honored Marple with the State Policy Maker Award for her efforts to ensure students and teachers receive the opportunities they need to be competitive in the world’s global marketplace. Senator Tom Harkin (IA) and Melinda Maddox (Alabama Department of Education) were also awarded the Federal Policy Maker Award and SETDA Leader of the Year Award, respectively
Marple received the recognition for her relentless pursuit of West Virginia’s commitment to use technology as an agent of systemic change within the state’s education system. As part of the West Virginia 21st Century Learning initiative, Marple is concentrating on ensuring that all students have technology literacy skills infused into daily instruction. Marple works diligently to collaborate with educators in special education and other Title programs, assessment professionals, library media advisors, and technology experts, to meet the goals of the West Virginia Department of Education.
“Our honorees are leaders who have utilized technology to improve our education system – both in ensuring teachers are highly qualified and students have the skills they need to succeed in a competitive workforce. Many teachers and students have benefited from the dedicated work of these people,” said Mary Ann Wolf, STETA’s Executive Director.
The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) is the principal association for state directors of technology and their staff members providing professional development and leadership around the effective use to technology in education to enhance competitiveness in the global workforce.