Instructional Technology Director Receives National Award

December 17, 2003

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A West Virginia Department of Education employee was nationally honored recently by her peers for her leadership in instructional technology. The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) named Brenda Williams, Executive Director for the Office of Instructional Technology, as the first-ever Leader of the Year last week in Washington D.C.  

SETDA’s goal is to improve student achievement through technology. Its mission is directed by three organizational principles: · To promote national leadership in educational technology to support achievement in lifelong learning; · To provide professional development for state educational technology directors; and · To build partnerships to advance learning opportunities. The organization’s membership includes educational technology directors and their staff from the state departments of education of all fifty states, the District of Columbia and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.  

Williams was acknowledged for her leadership in integrating technology effectively in West Virginia to improve student learning. She also was recognized for engaging within the broad education and education technology communities to ensure the effective integration of technology in learning to improve student achievement.  

“Brenda has made West Virginia a leader in classroom instructional technology,” said State Schools Superintendent David Stewart. “Her dedication to the students and hard work with the technology programs has made her a leader in her field.”  

To be considered for the award, Williams was scored on several criteria. She showed leadership in the development of a high-quality educational technology program at the state level. She also demonstrated support for SETDA and its membership, as well as represented West Virginia at meetings and conferences in a manner that brought positive recognition to the educational technology field and SETDA. Williams’ creative leadership and sustained efforts also promoted the effective integration and use of educational technology in national initiatives.  

Williams is a founding member of SETDA and currently serves as its vice-president and will be named president next year. She also was the recipient of the Caperton Technology Award in 2002.  

For more information about SETDA, visit its website at To contact Brenda Williams, contact (304) 558-7880.

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