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Dr. Kecia Ray

Dr. Kecia Ray’s career includes designing technology within the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and directing technology research through Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Science Outreach programs. She was appointed as a turnaround agent to work with Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools from 2003–2007 by the Tennessee Commissioner of Education, and she continued working with the district as a district administrator. In Nashville, Dr. Ray established award-winning instructional technology programs that were recognized by the USDOE and Harvard University. Dr. Ray was named ”20 to Watch” by the National School Board Association, Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, a top 10 EdTech Leaders by Tech and Learning, and most recently named a Top 100 EdTech Influencer by EdTech Digest.
19 Dec 2022
Student Mental Health | 2 min read

The Heartbreaking Suicide of Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss

Last week the world was shaken by the announcement of Stephen ‘tWitch’...

23 Nov 2022
Student Mental Health | 2 min read

The Gifts of Gratitude

Gratitude is one of the many positive emotions we can experience as hu...

07 Oct 2022
Student Safety | 2 min read

What to Know About Child Sex Trafficking

Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is also known as chi...

20 Sep 2022

Social Media: Hotspot for Predators

In 1990, the Center for Disease Control began administering the Adoles...

28 Jul 2022
Student Safety | 2 min read

It’s Not Too Late

When I was teaching in the early 80s, one of my former students entere...

13 Aug 2020
Funding | 2 min read

New Distance Learning Funds Now Available

As Congress works to reach a deal on the Health, Economic Assistance, ...

24 Jul 2020
Funding | 2 min read

Preparing for the Fall: Funding Distance Learning

Every day, we see more districts announce they will begin the school y...

07 Apr 2020
Distance Learning Funding | 3 min read

USDE Releases New Guidelines for Educational Funding During Pandemic

As districts across the country extend closures—and with some even mak...

30 Mar 2020
Funding | 4 min read

The CARES Act: $16.5 Billion of COVID-19 Stimulus Funds for Our Students

State legislators have been introducing policy and funding for the pas...

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