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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.
29 Jun 2023

Unveiling the Power of Acceptance: The Impact of Supportive Communities on LGBTQ+ Youth's Mental Health

According to the Trevor Project's National Survey on LGBTQ+ Youth Mental Health, LGBTQ+ youth are more likely than their peers to experience mental he...

By     Dr. Kecia Ray
19 Dec 2022

The Heartbreaking Suicide of Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss

Last week the world was shaken by the announcement of Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss’ suicide. According to reports, he left his home days before and walked to...

By     Dr. Kecia Ray
23 Nov 2022

The Gifts of Gratitude

Gratitude is one of the many positive emotions we can experience as humans. To experience gratitude, one must pause to notice and appreciate things we...

By     Dr. Kecia Ray
07 Oct 2022

What to Know About Child Sex Trafficking

Commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is also known as child sex trafficking. Any child or teen can be a victim, but we know that homeless...

By     Dr. Kecia Ray
20 Sep 2022

Social Media: Hotspot for Predators

In 1990, the Center for Disease Control began administering the Adolescent Behaviors and Experiences Survey (ABES). The survey is still being administ...

By     Dr. Kecia Ray
28 Jul 2022

It’s Not Too Late

When I was teaching in the early 80s, one of my former students entered his classroom with a gun and shot himself in front of the classroom. Before he...

By     Dr. Kecia Ray
13 Aug 2020

New Distance Learning Funds Now Available

As Congress works to reach a deal on the Health, Economic Assistance, Liability Protection, and Schools (HEALS) Act for more funding (a proposed $105B...

By     Dr. Kecia Ray
24 Jul 2020

Preparing for the Fall: Funding Distance Learning

Every day, we see more districts announce they will begin the school year in a fully online environment. On July 15, both Houston and San Francisco sc...

By     Dr. Kecia Ray
07 Apr 2020

USDE Releases New Guidelines for Educational Funding During Pandemic

As districts across the country extend closures—and with some even making plans to continue virtual learning through the rest of the semester—the Depa...

By     Dr. Kecia Ray
30 Mar 2020

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

State legislators have been introducing policy and funding for the past few years to help loosen restrictions to mental health access and create funds...

By     Dr. Kecia Ray

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